Federal Charges Require Federal Defense Experience
Raleigh, North Carolina, Federal Charge Criminal Defense Lawyer
Criminal charges in federal court mean facing an entirely different criminal justice system. Your attorney will need to understand the various rules relating to grand jury indictments, evidence discovery and deadlines for filing legal motions. Not every criminal defense law firm is equipped to handle federal charges. Even when a criminal defense law firm says it is qualified, talk to them about experience. In federal court, it makes a difference, from the beginning of your case to the end.
Does your case belong in federal court?
Whenever possible, we fight to have your felony charges reduced to a misdemeanor and returned to the state criminal justice system.
Roberts Law Group, PLLC has the professional resources to handle complex cases of drug crimes and sex offenses in North Carolina's federal courts. As a former prosecutor, attorney Patrick Roberts has been involved in hundreds of felony cases, including federal charges.
If you have been charged in federal court, contact us to discuss the nature of your case. We will give you a clear explanation of the federal mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines and what to expect. If you hire us to defend you, we will work aggressively to help you protect your rights.
We have Raleigh criminal defense trial experience handling cases such as:
- Drug charges
- Gun possession in connection with a drug crime
- Drug trafficking
- Tax fraud
- Mail and wire fraud
- Medicaid and Medicare fraud
- Kidnapping, including transporting a noncustodial child across state lines
- Internet sex crimes
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U.S. vs. J.R.
Charge: Mail Fraud (9 Counts), Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud
Facing: Three years in prison
Result: One year, One day
Our client was convicted of nine counts of mail fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. The government alleged that our client fraudulently obtained more than $115,000 from her former employer. At the sentencing hearing, the Judge granted our motion for a downward departure, sentencing our client to one year and one day. The government had asked the judge to sentence our client to several years.
U.S. vs. E.A.
Charge: Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug-Trafficking Crime
Facing: 14–16 years in prison
Result: 65 mos.
Our client was charged in State court with multiple counts of trafficking cocaine. He was indicted in federal court and pled guilty to one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Quantity of Cocaine and one count of Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime. At the sentencing hearing, the government's recommendation was for an active sentence of 108–135 mos. followed by 60 mos. Thus, our client was facing 14–16 years. We argued that a 65 month sentence should be imposed and the judge agreed.
U.S. vs. T.B.
Charges: Possession of Child Pornography (18 USC 2252)
Facing: Up to 262 months
Result: 48 months
Our client was charged with possessing thousands of images of child pornography images. We negotiated a plea agreement under the possession section of 18 USC 2252, which capped the client's exposure to possible incarceration at 120 months. He entered a guilty plea and faced up to 108 months. We prepared an effective sentencing memorandum requesting a greater than 50% downward departure from the United States Sentencing Guidelines. We emphasized our client's strong community ties, military service, lack of a criminal history and solid work history to convince the court to minimize the punishment our client faced. The judge granted our request and sentenced the client to exactly 48 months in the United States Bureau of Prisons. His sentence included a period of supervised release and sex offender registration.