Benjamin Lankford

Awards & Accolades
The National Trial Lawyers

E-mail Me Benjamin Lankford

Raleigh, North Carolina

I've been focused on criminal law since 2010, my first year of law school at Wake Forest. Since graduation, I have worked side-by-side with one of the best criminal defense lawyers in North Carolina, Patrick Roberts. Prior to graduation, I interned at the Guilford County Public Defender's Office, worked with the WFU Innocence and Justice clinic, and excelled in the classroom (receiving the highest grade, or "CALI Award," in a course on federal sentencing).

I chose to come to Roberts Law Group because I knew that, here, I would be associated with people who win. Now that I have been with the firm for several years, my practice is dedicated to representing those accused of committing serious criminal offenses across the State of North Carolina, including felonies, sex offenses, and juvenile crimes. I have also devoted time to defending those accused by their universities of "Title IX" violations. I have also participated in some of the firm's most serious and complex federal defense matters, serving as co-counsel in a federal drug trafficking and firearm trial and preparing briefs on issues that run the gambit of federal criminal procedure.

The Confidence You Need to Hire Roberts Law Group, PLLC

I am still "mastering my craft," as Patrick Roberts says. However, I have also won cases. Winning is important. In high school, I started varsity football and lacrosse at Grimsley in Greensboro, NC. I learned a lot from this experience. As the team's left-tackle, our varsity football team won the Metro 4A Conference title twice (and, of course, never lost to Page). Two years ago, Kevin Marcilliat persuaded me to pick up a tennis racket. This spring, I won the Raleigh rec-league's 4.0 men's tournament.

I won my first DWI case by persuading the State to file for dismissal of the case because the blood-work that might prove impairment was taken without consent, among other issues. In another case, a federal judge stated that a filing that I wrote 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.

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

I Love This Job

I hope to do this for a long time. Our criminal justice system only works if people accused of crimes get excellent representation, every-time in every case. Whether it's getting a client's license back, prevailing at trial, 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 getting results for people.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

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


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

Representative Clients

  • Assault on a Female, Cyberstalking: Not Guilty
  • Felony Breaking and Entering: Conditional Discharge
  • Obtaining Property by False Pretenses: 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.