RELEASED: MARCH 15, 2011
RALEIGH, NC - Raleigh criminal lawyer Patrick Roberts of the Roberts Law Group PLLC negotiated a reduction of a first degree statutory sex offense charge down to a misdemeanor assault on a female charge. The facts leading up to the charge proved to be the key to understanding this case and to obtaining a reduction from a felony to a misdemeanor.
The man accused of the statutory sex offense fell asleep next to a woman at a party. The woman accused the man of inappropriately touching her when she woke up after passing out. Stemming from that incident at the party, the man was charged with first degree statutory sex offense, which carries a lengthy potential prison sentence.
Instead of facing years in prison, attorney Patrick Roberts negotiated with the Assistant District Attorney (ADA) who reduced the charge to assault on a female. Because the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor, the man is no longer facing prison time nor is he required to spend the next thirty (30) years on the national sex offender registry. Instead, he is on probation. The client is able to move on with his life without the stigma of being a convicted of a sex offense.
The key to this particular criminal defense case was spending time with the accused client to understand the situation that led to the charges, as well as understanding the true person who was facing the sex crime charge. When Raleigh lawyer Patrick Roberts listened to his client, he learned that bad choices while drinking at a party didn't necessarily mean that he was a bad person. He also spent considerable time researching information about the witnesses that would cast doubt on whether the accuser was credible and truthful in her account of the incident.
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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.