In March 2010, A. Patrick Roberts, a local criminal defense attorney and founder of Roberts Marcilliat & Mills PLLC, was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Because of his admission, he can now appeal and argue any case in front of the highest court in the land. Roberts was sworn in after the legal counsel for the American Association for Justice (formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association) moved for his admission to the Supreme Court bar.

As a first generation American, whose family immigrated from Jamaica, and the first attorney in his family, Roberts is proud to have reached this step in his legal practice. He received his bachelor of arts (B.A.) from Johns Hopkins University and his law degree (J.D.) from Duke University. He worked as an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting crimes for three North Carolina counties before deciding to open his own law practice to help those who face criminal charges.

As a criminal defense attorney, Roberts has routinely received the highest marks from the clients he serves including ratings on and He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National College for DUI Defense, Inc., and the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section and currently serves as the Vice President for the Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers.

Roberts Marcilliat & Mills PLLC, has offices in Raleigh, North Carolina, and represents North Carolina clients facing criminal charges including DWI, white collar crimes, drug crimes, domestic violence and other criminal charges. Please visit the firm’s website at for more information.

State v. B.S.: Not Guilty Verdict in First Degree Murder Case.

In this case, our client was charged with First Degree Murder in connection with a “drive by” shooting that occurred in Charlotte, NC. The State’s evidence included GPS ankle monitoring data linking our client was at the scene of the crime and evidence that our client confessed to an inmate while in jail. Nonetheless, we convinced a jury to unanimously find our client Not Guilty. He was released from jail the same day.

State v. S.G.: First Degree Murder Charge Dismissed.

Our client was charged with First Degree for the shooting death related to an alleged breaking and entering. The State’s evidence included a co-defendant alleging that our client was the shooter. After conducting a thorough investigation with the use of a private investigator, we persuaded the State to dismiss entirely the case against our client.

State v. B.D.: First Degree Murder Charged Dismissed.

After conducting an investigation and communicating with prosecutor about the facts and circumstances indicating that our client acted in self-defense, the case was dismissed and deemed a justifiable homicide.

State v. I.R.: Reduction from First Degree Murder to Involuntary Manslaughter and Concealment of Death.

Our client was charged with the First Degree Murder of a young lady by drug overdose. After investigating the decedent’s background and hiring a preeminent expert toxicologist to fight the State’s theory of death, we were able to negotiate this case down from Life in prison to 5 years in prison, with credit for time served.

State v. J.G.:

Our client was charged with First Degree Murder related to a “drug deal gone bad.” After engaging the services of a private investigator and noting issues with the State’s case, we were able to negotiate a plea for our client that avoided a Life sentence and required him to serve only 12 years.