Gastonia Murder Defense Attorney

An Aggressive Defense Against Murder Charges

It is no exaggeration to say that a murder accusation can end your life as you know it. If you are convicted of first-degree murder in North Carolina, a conviction could literally mean a death sentence. This is no time to learn as you go or try do-it-yourself murder defense. If you face murder charges, now is the time to make sure you have a proven criminal defense attorney fighting to protect your rights and your future.

In Gastonia and surrounding communities, you can turn to Roberts Law Group, PLLC, for the fierce defense you need from proven lawyers. We have extensive experience navigating the criminal justice system on behalf of our clients and know what it takes to minimize your exposure to harsh criminal penalties and collateral consequences.

We are led by a former North Carolina prosecutor who understands the system inside and out. You can rely on us to thoroughly investigate the accusations against you, examine the evidence, consult with highly qualified experts, and make sure the burden of proof remains with the prosecution. They must prove, beyond all reasonable doubt, that you committed murder.

Don't wait another day to protect what matters most. Call 877-880-5753 for a free consultation with our Gastonia murder defense attorneys.

Can A Murder Conviction Result In The Death Penalty?


First-degree murder — when accompanied by aggravating factors such as the commission of a felony, the use of a deadly weapon or committing a murder to personally gain something — is a capital offense in North Carolina. A conviction can result in you making your home for the foreseeable future on death row as you await your execution.

As sobering as the possibility of the death penalty is, it is important not to overlook the other potential penalties. Short of the death penalty, a first-degree murder conviction can result in a sentence of life in prison with no possibility of parole. A conviction on second-degree murder can result in a long prison sentence, followed by living the rest of your life with the complications that arise from having a criminal record.

Whether you are facing first or second-degree murder charges, it is crucial to have an experienced attorney working on your defense. The stakes are simply too high to settle for anything less than representation you can count on.

What Can You Expect?

Every case is unique but there are some things that are common to most murder cases.

First of all, it is time to zip your lips unless you are in the presence of your attorney. No matter how vocally talented you are, there is nothing you can say to the investigating officers or the prosecutor to improve your situation. The only talking you should be doing is with your attorney as you consider your best defense strategy. Your attorney can handle all interactions with law enforcement and the prosecution in order to ensure you don't say anything that can be used against you.

We will make sure you understand all of the options available to you and provide you with the information you need to make an educated decision about whether to pursue a plea agreement or pursue an acquittal via trial. In some cases, we are able to negotiate a plea agreement that results in a conviction on crimes with lesser sentences. This is especially important if you are charged with first-degree murder, where a conviction can result in the death penalty.

"Do I Need An Attorney?"

You are not required to have an attorney, but the following saying is well-known for a reason: "A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client". Your emotional investment in your own case can actually be a detriment to your defense even if you have formal legal training. It is common for attorneys to hire other attorneys to represent their interests in criminal and civil cases for this reason.

We will be able to take a rational and calculated look at your circumstances, the evidence and your defense options. You can trust us to provide you with the unvarnished truth about your case, so you can have peace of mind about your defense.

The Collateral Consequences Of Murder Charges

Even if you are charged with a lesser offense like voluntary manslaughter or attempted murder, a conviction can have lasting ramifications for you and your loved ones. After you have served your time and paid your debt to society, having a criminal record can make it difficult to find gainful employment, obtain reliable housing and pursue educational opportunities. It is important to mount an aggressive defense against all charges in order to minimize your exposure to criminal penalties and collateral consequences.

Speak To An Attorney About Your Defense Options

Everything is on the line if you have been accused of murder in Gastonia. It is critical to have an experienced defense attorney protecting your rights, your reputation, your freedom and your future. Call 877-880-5753 or contact us online today for a free consultation. We will take care of the rest.

North Carolina vs. M.W.
Charge: Charge: Robbery with A Dangerous Weapon (4 Counts), First Degree Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with A Dangerous Weapon
Facing: 12 - 17 years in prison
Result: Dismissed

An incarcerated defendant accused our client of participating in the robbery of a group of youth at a party. We were able to raise doubt as to the credibility of this individual. In the end, the prosecutor dismissed these charges, citing a lack of evidence.