Patrick Anstead is an experienced criminal defense attorney with extensive knowledge of the criminal justice system that clients can rely on during the most difficult time in their lives.

Whether you are charged with a serious felony offense or simple traffic violation, Mr. Anstead will take the time to meet you in person and examine all the facts and evidence in your case.

Mr. Anstead has handled high-profile cases and worked to solve his client’s most challenging problems in both State and Federal court, to include representing military service members and civilians charged with criminal offenses occurring on Fort Bragg. He has fought successfully in court to obtain dismissals of charges, not guilty verdicts, and other favorable outcomes.

Mr. Anstead’s favorite part of practicing law is client interaction. He believes that getting to know a client to understand their needs is crucial to achieving the best outcome for each person.

Mr. Anstead is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in International Affairs. He earned his law degree from the North Carolina Central University School of Law.

Areas of Practice

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Cumberland County Bar Association – Board of Directors (Member)
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice

Client Reviews

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Gloria D.

“I highly recommend this firm if you're looking for an attorney in Cumberland County. My traffic matter was handled within one week of receiving my citation. You just cannot beat that. Attorney Patrick Anstead is really good at his job and Melissa is very...


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Elaine M.

I was facing a serious felony charge looking at 20 years. As soon as I stepped in the office, the staff were very polite and professional and took care of my case as if it was their own. I ended up walking away with a misdemeanor and a year probation. This law...

Smooth O.

This law firm is the best! Thank you Mr. Poppy & his assistant Melissa for handling my case with compassion and kindness. I could always call Melissa and Kris was there anytime I needed to see him. It was a very serious case, thank God I had someone on my side...

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Being in need of legal representation, I contacted Mr. Matthew Richardson after he was recommended to me by a friend. Mr. Richardson and his paralegal, Ms. Codia DiTarana-Evans were pleasant to work with and did an excellent job taking care of my legal needs.

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