RELEASED: OCT. 28, 2011
RALEIGH, NC - When a father was accused of forcing his 6-year-old daughter to perform oral sex on him, the man turned to North Carolina criminal defense lawyer Patrick Roberts of Roberts Law Group. Mr. Roberts worked to achieve a result where the charge against the father was dismissed in exchange for certain conditions.
Mr. Roberts' client was charged with first-degree statutory sex offenses after his young daughter accused him of forcing her to engage in oral sex. To combat this serious charge, Mr. Roberts relied on criminal experts to assist in bolstering the defense case, including:
- A polygraph expert: A polygraph expert was used to conduct a test to ascertain the truthfulness of the reports of the incident. The results of the polygraph test helped to raise questions about the witnesses and child accuser's accounts of the alleged sex crime.
- A child psychology and forensic expert: A forensic expert was hired to evaluate the post-incident interviews of the adult witnesses and the techniques used to interview the child about her experiences with her father. The expert found fault with the interview methodology and the results. The issues raised by the expert were helpful for the defense.
- A private investigator: Relying on the expertise of a private investigator was important in this case to identify possible motives for the child molestation allegations. The private investigator uncovered information about the accuser and her family to show the diminished credibility of the claim. In many cases, a private investigator can shed light on other family law disputes such as a divorce or child custody disagreements that can provide the basis for false sex crimes accusations.
In negotiating with the Assistant District Attorney (ADA), Mr. Roberts also argued that his client no longer posed any potential risk to the 6-year-old child because the father was no longer living in the same state. Due to Mr. Roberts' exhaustive efforts, the ADA ultimately relented to the criminal defense arguments and dismissed all charges against the man.
Expert opinions and evaluations can be crucial to helping the other side understand complex criminal defense arguments. A criminal defense lawyer with connections to effective, reliable experts is important when you are facing North Carolina criminal charges. Mr. Roberts has extensive experience working with polygraph, forensic and other sex crimes experts. When you need a sex crimes attorney, contact Roberts Law Group.
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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.