William F. Finn Jr.

Former Wake County Asst District Attorney

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Raleigh

Bill Finn was raised in the Triangle and graduated from North Carolina State University in 1990. Following his graduation from NC State, Bill worked as an Adult Probation and Parole Officer in Wake County.

In 1996, Bill enrolled at the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University. While at Campbell University, he was chosen by faculty representatives to compete on the six member National Trial Team and was a recipient of the prestigious Order of Old Kivett. Bill has been invited to teach at his Alma Mater as part of the Campbell University Continuing Legal Education program, and has been featured as a guest speaker at CLE program lectures.

In 1999, Bill graduated from law school and accepted a position as an Assistant District Attorney in Durham County. After a six month stay in Durham County, Bill returned to Wake County as an Assistant District Attorney. During his time in Wake County, he took on multiple roles which built his skills as a defense lawyer. This included handling thousands of DWI cases and misdemeanor offenses. He also gained experience as the Chief Prosecutor of the Domestic Violence courtroom and the sole prosecutor handling cases that involved appealing misdemeanor convictions in the Superior Court.

Bill was then promoted to Felony Prosecutor to take on serious, complex, and violent felony offenses. At the Wake County District Attorney’s office, Bill's experience in jury trials included prosecuting murder, arson, and armed robbery cases, among others.

In 1998, Bill was hand-picked by the elected District Attorney to join a state-wide panel of experts to write and edit the North Carolina Prosecutors Guide to DWIs. The manual was distributed statewide to the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys and is still referred to in North Carolina by D.A.s while prosecuting DWIs.

In 2002, Bill joined Andrew Sandman in private practice, where they concentrate on representing those who were charged with serious criminal offenses in Wake County.

If you have been arrested, trust Raleigh criminal defense attorney William F. Finn, Jr. Sandman, Finn & Fitzhugh can be reached at (919) 887-8040 to schedule a free initial consultation.

Education & Experience:

  • 1990 B.A. North Carolina State University
  • 1992 - 1996 Adult Probation Parole Officer
  • 1999 J.D. Campbell University
  • 1999 - 2000 Assistant District Attorney Durham County
  • 2000 - 2002 Assistant District Attorney Wake County
  • 2010 Named Legal Elite in Criminal Law by Business North Carolina Magazine
  • 2011 Named Legal Elite in Criminal Law by Business North Carolina Magazine


  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • National DWI Defense College
  • American Bar Association
  • Campbell University National Trial Team

Articles & Publications:

  • Co-author and editor of North Carolina Prosecutors Guide to DWI

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