Caroline M. Elliot

Associate
Criminal Defense Attorney - Admitted in Hawai‘i and North Carolina

Throughout her professional career, Caroline has advocated for those who have struggled with the system. As a teenager, Caroline’s passion for the vulnerable led her to establish a teen court, convincing judges, and lawyers to divert eligible young offenders from the more rigid criminal justice system to an alternative program aimed at providing opportunities for juveniles to succeed. In college at Clemson University, she assumed leadership roles in which she urged her classmates to participate in social and political causes to address pressing needs.

In law school at the University of North Carolina, Caroline led the law school’s Innocence Project, its Death Penalty Project, and she participated in its domestic violence advocacy program. Upon graduation from law school in 2008, these experiences convinced Caroline that she should follow her professional passion and she became a public defender in Raleigh, North Carolina. She quickly rose in the ranks to become one of the office’s most experienced lawyers in felony cases. Caroline’s career as a public defender lasted over a decade and included more than a dozen first-degree murder cases, several second-degree murder cases, some high-level sex offense cases, and hundreds of other felonies and misdemeanors. She has tried dozens of cases in front of both a judge and jury. Since relocating to Hawai’i, Caroline has worked in federal court in both capital and non-capital matters, helping to prepare some of the state’s most complex cases for trial.

In addition to her clients, Caroline has earned the respect of her fellow lawyers and of law professors, teaching continuing education programs to her colleagues and making guest appearances in law school classrooms. Judges and prosecutors recognize Caroline not only as a formidable advocate for her clients but also as a lawyer of the utmost integrity.

Joe O.
Joe O.
23:31 21 Mar 23
Tony B.
Tony B.
00:19 16 Mar 23
Attorneys for Freedom is super friendly and very relationship oriented. I felt at home the moment I... sat down. My lawyer Andy and paralegal Brittany were awesome. My case was unique and required research that would have been instrumental to navigating my case had it moved to a formal charge. Fortunately, the case sort of resolved without further legal intervention. I would definitely hire them again (I hope I don't need to).read more
Steve P.
Steve P.
16:33 28 Feb 23
I can not say enough about my experience with Attorneys For Freedom and especially Rachel Moss. I... was involved in an extremely stressful situation and I experienced her as very compassionate and open to my concerns. She was able to synthesize and relate the germane issues about the situation with me and I really appreciated that she was open and able to also consult with other attorneys in the office. I found Rachel to be knowledgeable, reliable and available. She (and the firm) get 5+ stars from me and I would recommend her (and A4F) without reservation to others.read more
Morgan V.
Morgan V.
18:59 27 Feb 23
Truly helped us with our case. Definitely would recommend to anyone!
Oscar V.
Oscar V.
23:25 24 Feb 23
I just want to thank Mark and all of his staff for coming through for me. I was thinking that I was... gonna face some time, but he is a man of his word and got me probation like he said he would. Thanks Mark Victor! You gave my life back to me. I would and will recommend anyone going through some kind of legal matters. You and his staff are the greatest . Also I'd like to thank Andrew C. Marcantel for hanging in there with me. I appreciate you all very much. Thanks againSincerely.O. Vegaread more
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