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R. Kelly saga continues with explosive interview, criminal charges

Few allegations are more incendiary than sex offenses involving minors. For R. Kelly, a decades-long history of rumors, accusations and quietly settled lawsuits finally came to a head, culminating in serious criminal charges. But before charges were even filed, the R&B singer-songwriter's career - and reputation - were in ruins.

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New Wilmington office location now open full-time

Our office in Wilmington, North Carolina, has moved! Roberts Law Group now has a full-time location in the Historic District of Wilmington, at 414 Chestnut Street, Suite 301.

Attorney Kevin Marcilliat is the primary defense lawyer at the Wilmington location. As an experienced and award-winning attorney with a proven record of success, Mr. Marcilliat brings many strengths to the table. He has been recognized among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers and Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Additionally, he has an Avvo 10/10 rating and has won the Avvo Client's Choice Award. Learn more about his background.

Suspect arrested 11 years after Charlotte quadruple murder, but cold case is far from shut

It was an early spring morning in March 2008 when Charlotte police made a gruesome discovery: Four people shot dead in a top-floor apartment. The bodies were "riddled with bullets," yet nobody reported hearing gunshots.

The apartment complex, in the Montclaire South neighborhood, had been a crime hotspot for years. Many of the other units were vacant at the time of the killings, leaving police with little to follow up on.

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"Leaving Neverland" may ruin MJ's image - and his music - forever

It's been almost a decade since Michael Jackson's death. The King of Pop's legacy has long been shadowed by questions about his close relationships with young boys. And a recent documentary sheds troubling light on the singer's dark side.

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Patriots' owner charged with soliciting prostitutes at day spa linked to human trafficking

In the wake of a record-tying, six-time Super Bowl victory, Robert Kraft, the 77-year-old owner of the New England Patriots, has been flagged for a serious personal foul. He faces two counts of soliciting prostitutes.

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Tekashi69 quietly takes plea deal in exchange for cooperating

It's no secret that rapper Daniel Hernandez, aka Tekashi69, has found himself deep in troubled legal waters. Last November, he and several associates were arrested and hit with numerous federal felony charges in connection with the Nine Trey Gang, a violent sect of the Bloods. A conviction on all counts could have landed him in prison for life; at minimum, he faced nearly 50 years behind bars.

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For now, though, Tekashi has walked. He'll likely face a far, far lighter sentence and perhaps go into witness protection.

Attorney Miranda Mills featured in Member Spotlight of North Carolina Advocates for Justice

Defense attorney Miranda Mills, a partner at Roberts Law Group, was recently featured in the Member Spotlight of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. NCAJ is a statewide professional association of attorneys, law students, law school faculty and legal staff. The organization promotes nonpartisan justice reforms through public outreach and legislative advocacy. Its members also foster legal education by offering seminars, webinars and CLE (continuing legal education) classes.

Lurid sexual assault allegations signal the death knell of yet another celebrity's career

By now, the storyline is all too familiar: A longstanding celebrity falls from grace after allegations of sexual misconduct come to light. The latest alleged predator may never have been an angel in the public eye, but the scope and extent of the allegations have still proven shocking, drawing public ire and backlash around the globe.

The lurid details surfaced last month in the Lifetime docu-series "Surviving R. Kelly." The six-episode miniseries paints Robert Kelly as a sex-crazed, power-hungry control freak who held women captive and forced them to indulge his fantasies, which often involved underage girls. This pattern allegedly played out time and time again over the course of decades. Among those who attested to his behavior were Kelly's ex-wife and several ex-girlfriends, whose emotional interviews formed the backbone of the series.

Singer Chris Brown keeps his lawyers on their toes

In yet another run-in with the law, singer Chris Brown made headlines for an arrest in Paris, France, on suspicion of rape. Details are still sparse. Brown and two others (including a bodyguard) had apparently met the 24-year-old accuser at a Parisian nightclub. She accompanied them to the 5-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel, where the alleged incident took place. Brown was briefly detained, then released with no charges filed. The investigation is still ongoing.

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3 tips for avoiding a drunken drive home

People don't usually plan to drive while intoxicated, but things change once they start drinking. They may have a false sense of self, believing, with confidence, that they can drive even though they've been drinking. They could forget that they asked for a ride home and opt to drive themselves. In many cases, people end up behind the wheel who would never choose to drive drunk if making the decision while sober.

There are some good ways to avoid drinking and driving, though, even if you're someone who doesn't make the best decisions when intoxicated. Here are three options to keep you off the roads.

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