Patrick Roberts

Awards & Accolades

**Mr. Roberts is no longer accepting new Criminal Federal matters. Kevin Marcilliat and Miranda Mills are handling all Criminal Federal matters.

About Me

I am a criminal defense attorney. I help solve problems for my clients and their families, fixing challenging situations under difficult circumstances. My job is to defend people who have been charged with crimes in state and federal courts across North Carolina and throughout the country - and it's a job I love. After spending several years as a prosecutor, I decided to start my own law firm in 2007, and I've been passionately defending the accused ever since.

Each day, every day, I work tirelessly to master my craft and to better serve the people I represent.

My job performance directly affects peoples' lives and I take pride in that. Success in criminal defense means changing lives by what I do on a daily basis. Solving problems is the work that I am best suited for. In college, I studied Chemical Engineering. It may not sound related, but that's where I discovered that I love solving problems. In my legal practice, I am solving problems every day for people, hunting for the best possible outcome based on all the facts and evidence at hand. I am passionate about this work and wouldn't trade it for anything else.

A Criminal Defense Lawyer Who Is Truly Dedicated to His Craft

What is your view of your role as a lawyer?

Treat people with respect. You never know who might have an impact on the case. Being an "aggressive" criminal defense lawyer is much more than looking to negotiate a quick plea and making big claims about past results (even if those claims are true). I believe I can help people in need and deliver quality legal service to clients. There's nothing special about me just because I'm a lawyer. My job is to help and serve people. Period.

What do you mean by working to master your craft?

To master my craft means sacrificing lots of time and energy to be the best I can be. I went to both the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College and the National Criminal Defense College. This was on top of law school at Duke University. These are selective, rigorous programs, with some of the best trial lawyers in the country. The total number of graduates from both programs is a very small number. I'll let that speak for itself.

"Patrick Roberts is an absolutely outstanding attorney." - D.J.L. (former client)

What makes you qualified to help people?

I have handled thousands of cases. I have fought for dismissals, negotiated plea bargains, argued for the reduction of felony charges to misdemeanors, won acquittals at trial, and succeeded in criminal appeals.

I've defended people in Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte, Greensboro, Wilmington, and throughout North Carolina, since leaving the Wake County District Attorney's Office in 2007. I am a former prosecutor for Wake, New Hanover, and Johnston Counties.

And while prior results and awards don't guarantee future outcomes, they're a good indicator of my qualifications. I have a 5.0/5.0 rating from prior clients on and have been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star. I am also listed in Top 100 North Carolina Trial Attorneys and Top 40 North Carolina Attorneys Under 40.

Service to the Community

In 2014, I was appointed by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to serve on his Crime Commission, Juvenile Justice Planning Committee, working to help ensure fair treatment and justice for North Carolina's children and teens.

Most recently, in 2016, I was appointed by Gov. McCrory to serve on the North Carolina State Ethics Commission, to assist in the investigation of complaints made against state lawmakers, state officials, judges, district attorneys, and other covered persons accused of ethics violations.

Specific Examples of Success

'Brilliant, Insightful, Compassionate'

These aren't my words - they're the words of a former client:

"Patrick Roberts is an amazing attorney. He is brilliant, insightful, compassionate, and has an incredible grasp and love of the law. I highly recommend his services." - J.L.

Call or Email

In the end, what you'll need to do is call me at 877-880-5753 or send an email. I offer free consultations for potential clients. At the end of the consultation, you'll know whether or not I am the right lawyer for you.

More About Patrick Roberts

His Story

Read about Patrick Roberts' journey to the US, law and the top floor in this Super Lawyers article.

100% Criminal Defense

  • Murder Charges
  • Sex Offenses
  • Drug Charges
  • DWI Defense
  • White Collar Defense

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Past Employment Positions

  • Wake County District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney, January 3, 2006 - November 30, 2007
  • Johnston County District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney, August 1, 2005 - December 31, 2005
  • New Hanover County District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney, December 3, 2003 - July 31, 2005


  • Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina (Juris Doctor)
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland (B.A., Major: Engineering)
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.