North Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyers
If you have been arrested in connection with a drug crime in North Carolina, it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney about your rights and legal options. Many drug crimes and other criminal offenses have mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines that can be too harsh for the situation. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can negotiate with prosecutors and execute defense strategies that work to reduce charges and the potential penalties you face.
At the Roberts Law Group, PLLC, we provide experienced representation to people charged with drug crimes in Raleigh and throughout North Carolina. Former Assistant District Attorney Patrick Roberts has obtained many successful results, including the reduction and dismissal of criminal charges, for a wide range of drug crimes. Talk to us about how we can help in your situation.
Creative and Effective Drug Crime Defense
We will pursue all possible options for protecting you against mandatory minimum sentencing. This includes exposing weaknesses in the prosecution's case, challenging evidence obtained by violating your rights and negotiating deals that lead to favorable outcomes. Most importantly, however, we tell your side of the story. We work to show that you are a good person who was caught up in a bad situation. A successful presentation of the situation behind the crime can lead to us negotiating alternative punishments that better address the issue — such as agreeing to attend drug rehab in exchange for less jail or prison time.
To learn more about possible alternative consequences for your drug charge, discuss your situation with us as soon as possible. We will review your situation, go over your options and begin working on a strong and effective defense for you. Count on us to stand up for your rights.
Protecting Your Rights in Drug Crime Cases
If you have been arrested for a drug offense in North Carolina, contact the Roberts Law Group and schedule a free initial consultation. Talk with us by calling our Raleigh office toll free at 866-630-2389 to make an appointment.
Learn more by reading our articles:
- Reform of Drug Sentencing Inequities Could Come in 2010
- The Federal Sentencing Guidelines and Mandatory Minimum Sentences
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.