Attorney Patrick Roberts of Roberts Law Group, PLLC, recently earned a not guilty verdict at trial on behalf of a client facing a North Carolina sex crime charge of sexual battery.
(Fayetteville, NC) North Carolina criminal defense lawyer Patrick Roberts was able to prove that his client was not guilty of criminal sexual conduct, charged as sexual battery, after a night of consensual sexual contact led to false allegations of a sex crime. Originally facing a sex offender registration requirement of 30 years, Roberts' client walked away from the trial a free man.
The scenario was not uncommon: an alcohol-infused evening turned into consensual sexual contact that the female participant regretted the next day. In an effort to protect her existing relationships and, perhaps out of remorse for the prior evening's activities, the woman alleged inappropriate and non-consensual sexual contact between herself and Roberts' client. After reporting the incident to authorities, Roberts' client was charged with sexual battery.
In North Carolina, sexual battery is a Class A1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in prison if the defendant has no prior criminal record. There is no penetration involved in sexual battery, which is why it is not considered a felony sex offense.
However, in this case the stakes were much higher than a couple of months in prison. A conviction on a sexual battery charge would carry a 30-year-sex-offender-registration requirement because North Carolina considers sexual battery to be a "sexually violent offense."
According to court records, defense lawyer Patrick Roberts convincingly argued that the contact between his client and his accuser was not done for sexual gratification and that any touching was permitted and welcomed by both parties at the time it occurred. His client was acquitted and is now free from the stigma of being forced to register as a sex offender based on false accusations by a willing partner.
If you have been accused of sexual battery or other sexually-related criminal offense, you will need an aggressive lawyer on your side, as soon as possible. Contact Roberts Law Group, PLLC, online or call 800-547-2106 to schedule a free consultation. Our criminal defense team handles state and federal defense throughout North Carolina. We maintain offices in Wilmington, Raleigh and Charlotte for your convenience.
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North Carolina v. J.S.
Accusation: Indecent Exposure
Potentially Facing: 30 days in Jail
Result: Case Dismissed
Roberts Law Group acted quickly, meeting with the DA’s office to mitigate on behalf of their client, who had no prior criminal history. The Defendant had cooperated fully with the officer. At defense counsel’s prompting, the ADA spoke with his Law Enforcement Officers and determined that Defendant had been through enough already. Dismissed on the first court date.