Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Defends Repeat DWI Offender

RELEASED: Dec. 20, 2010

RALEIGH, NC - When a North Carolina resident was accused of his second Driving While Under the Influence (DWI) charge in two years, he turned to criminal attorney Patrick Roberts of the Roberts Law Group PLLC. Mr. Roberts was able to rely on his in-depth knowledge of North Carolina DWI law to obtain a more positive result for his client.

Mr. Roberts' client was convicted of his first DWI less than two years ago and this time around, based on all of the facts, his client decided to plead guilty to his second Wake County DWI charge. The plea agreement involved substantial negotiations with the Wake County Assistant District Attorney (ADA) assigned to the case. As a result of Mr. Roberts' negotiations, the DA agreed to probation, rather than prison time. Mr. Roberts' client was actually facing up to two years in prison and, instead, received probation for his repeat DWI offense.

Mr. Roberts' client also received credit for two weeks spent at in-patient care facility that he entered voluntarily. The client's efforts to seek treatment for alcohol abuse were rewarded with credit as a result of North Carolina's law that provides a day-for-day credit for in-patient care.

In evaluating the circumstances of this criminal defense case, Mr. Roberts noted that it is "important, when trying to obtain a result for your client, that you understand the nuances of the law and how you can utilize treatment for someone who is facing a second or third DWI." Repeat DWI offenses are unlike first DWI offenses and should be evaluated differently to maximize those options that are alternatives to jail time, Mr. Roberts said.

DISCLAIMER: The cases, facts and outcomes discussed in this press release are illustrative of the matters handled by the firm. Actual case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case. Not all of the firm's case results are included on this site. The outcome of a particular case cannot be predicated upon a lawyer's or law firm's past results because prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.


For more information about the Roberts Law Group, see his criminal defense website and criminal defense blog. Patrick Roberts is a skilled criminal attorney who defends against sex crime charges, DWI charges and abuse charges, among others in Wake County. To contact criminal lawyer Patrick Roberts, please contact the law firm or call 866-630-2389 for a free consultation. Roberts Law Group can also be followed on Facebook at facebook.com/nc.criminal.defense.

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.