North Carolina Drug Trafficking Defense Attorney
Drug trafficking and other federal drug crimes are serious charges with consequences that include steep fines and years in prison if convicted. Hiring the right criminal defense lawyer can make a difference in protecting your rights and freedom.
Attorney Patrick Roberts is a former prosecutor for the Johnston County district attorney's office, where he worked exclusively on prosecuting felony drug crimes. He understands how prosecutors prepare cases and what to expect throughout the criminal justice process. Today, we put this experience to work for you. At the Roberts Law Group, PLLC, in Raleigh, North Carolina, we work hard to obtain the best possible outcome for your case, putting together a strong defense strategy on your behalf.
Experienced in Defending All Types of Federal Drug Crimes
When you need a federal drug crime attorney, count on Roberts Law Group, PLLC. We have successfully defended clients charged with conspiracy and other felony drug crimes throughout North Carolina, and we defend persons charged in federal courts in the Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of North Carolina. Our cases include charges of:
- Drug trafficking
- Conspiracy to traffic narcotics and other drugs
- Possession with intent to sell or distribute
- Possession of a firearm in connection with a federal drug crime
Many federal drug crimes carry mandatory minimum sentences if you are convicted. However, not all federal drug charges end in these serious consequences. Attorney Roberts' understanding of the prosecution's case, and his commitment and attention to detail can help you avoid some of the harsh realities of a federal criminal conviction. When appropriate, he can challenge evidence to lessen the charge or negotiate with the prosecutor to reduce or eliminate certain mandatory penalties.
Hire a criminal defense attorney with the experience to effectively represent you in federal drug crime cases. Contact the Roberts Law Group, PLLC, today for a free initial consultation.
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.