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 Lawyers.com and have been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star and a Top Attorney on Avvo.com. 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
- Not Guilty verdict on a charge of first-degree murder involving the client's alleged role in a drive-by shooting.
- Three years of probation (the client faced up to 10 years in prison) on federal charges involving trafficking in counterfeit goods.
- 10 out of 11 counts dismissed in federal case involving receipt and possession of child pornography.
- Dismissal of a DWI after a man ignored a checkpoint and blew a .15 after arrest.
- Misdemeanor probation for a man facing up to 25 years in prison for First Degree Statutory Sex Offense.
- Dismissal of statutory sex offense charge for a man facing over 30 years in prison after being accused by his 6-year-old daughter of forcing her to perform a sex act.
- Dismissal of drug trafficking charges after challenge of initial stop for woman facing 7 years in prison for cocaine offenses.
- Reduction from felony to misdemeanor charge with only probation for allegedly possessing a gun during a robbery.
- Reduction to five years in prison for man facing 14-16 for drug trafficking in cocaine.
'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 866-630-2389 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
100% Criminal Defense
- Murder Charges
- Sex Offenses
- Drug Charges
- DWI Defense
- Federal Charges
- White Collar Defense
- 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)