Benjamin Lankford

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Raleigh, North Carolina

I began focusing on criminal law in 2010, my first year of law school at Wake Forest. Since then, I have clerked at the Guilford County Public Defender's Office, worked with the WFU Innocence and Justice Clinic, and received the CALI award of excellence in a federal criminal sentencing course taught by a federal district court judge.

When I graduated law school, I searched for the right criminal defense firm to start my career at. I came to Roberts Law Group, PLLC, for one reason: I knew that Patrick Roberts would teach me more than any professor could. And that is exactly what has happened.

Now my practice is dedicated to representing those accused of committing criminal offenses across the State of North Carolina. In addition to representing clients in court, a significant part of my work is devoted to legal research and writing for the firm's most complex state and federal cases.

The Confidence You Need to Hire Roberts Law Group, PLLC

While I am still learning to "master my craft," as Patrick Roberts says, I have had some early wins. I won my first DWI case, for example, by persuading the State to drop the case on the second court date. The police had taken my client's blood at the hospital without consent, among other things.

In another case, a federal judge stated my writing was "one of the best sentencing memorandums" he had read. He expressed this sentiment in a crowded courtroom. My colleague, Miranda Mills, remarked that it got awkward for the other defense attorneys waiting on their hearings. This judge used the phrases "very articulate," "well researched," and "easy to follow." This is high praise, because clear, persuasive writing can mean everything to the outcome of a case. Especially in federal court where the issues are often complex and the standards are high.

I mention these examples to give you the confidence you need to hire Roberts Law Group, PLLC, if you are facing criminal charges.

I Love This Job

I hope to do this for as long as I am able. I understand how important it is to bring some balance to our criminal justice system. Whether it's getting a client's license back, or drafting a memo on a complex issue of federal law that shaves years off of a sentence, the best part of my job is restoring a client's freedoms.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina


  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston Salem, North Carolina
    • J.D.
  • University of North Carolina
    • B.A.

Representative Clients

  • Assault on a Female: Two Charges in Two Counties, Both Dismissed
  • Obtaining Property by False Pretenses: Dismissed
  • Felony Larceny: Dismissed
  • DWI: Dismissed

Past Employment Positions

  • Guilford Public Defender's Office, Clerk
Disclaimer: The listed cases are illustrative of the types of cases handled and do not represent the entire record of cases handled by the firm. The outcome of a particular case is based upon a variety of factors and cannot be predicated upon a lawyer's or law firm's past results. The penalties listed for each case are the maximum amount of time the client was facing, based upon the structured sentencing guidelines and taking into consideration each client's criminal record at that time. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.