Vigorous Representation For Murder Charges In North Carolina
You never imagined that your life could take this turn, but you are facing criminal charges for murder-one of the most serious crimes imaginable. The state of North Carolina punishes some murder convictions with the death penalty. A court battle over your alleged crime could be a battle for your very life.
In this fight for your life, you need strong legal advocates in your corner. Roberts Law Group can put up the aggressive fight that you need. In our decade-long practice, we have successfully defended numerous clients from murder charges. We have gotten murder charges dismissed and reduced, and we have won a first-degree murder trial.
Our team will treat your case with the utmost seriousness it deserves. To us, this is not simply a case-it is your freedom, and your life.
What To Expect When You’ve Been Charged With Murder In North Carolina
So you’ve been indicted by a grand jury on murder charges. You have no idea what to expect from this surreal situation. Our attorneys can guide you through this ordeal. Here’s what to expect when you or a loved one has been charged with murder in North Carolina, and how we will work with you to challenge the charges:
- If you hire us, we will have an in-depth conversation with you about your rights and the charges against you.
- We will provide a realistic assessment of the outcome of your case.
- We will advise you on whether it’s in your best interests to make a plea deal with the prosecution. Ultimately, however, it’s your decision whether to plead guilty or not guilty.
- If your case does proceed to trial, we will do everything in our power to persuade the jury that you are not guilty.
- Even if you are convicted, we will strongly advocate for the minimum available sentence.
Talk To A Lawyer Before You Talk To Police
Whether police currently suspect you of a crime, are actively investigating you, or have arrested you and charged you with homicide, there is one important thing that you should know: Do not talk to any police officer or law enforcement agents – whether the city police, the county sheriff’s office or the Federal Bureau of Investigation – until you have a lawyer.
Law enforcement officers frequently use controversial, manipulative tactics to get suspects to confess or give incriminating information.
Even if you are innocent, you should not speak with any police officer without first consulting an attorney. You might accidentally incriminate yourself, or police may coerce you into a false confession (something that happens far more often than most people think).
If you are already under arrest, police may attempt to bargain with you by offering reduced criminal charges or reduced sentencing. Do not attempt to negotiate with the police department or the prosecution on your own. They may be trying to trick you, and they may not be making the most favorable offer. Let a lawyer advocate for you, to protect your rights and obtain the best deal possible for your situation.
The Sentencing For Murder Is Dire
Many people do not realize that in North Carolina, a life sentence does not necessarily refer to a convict’s natural life. Our courts consider 80 years in prison a life sentence. This still means that if you receive a life sentence, you will likely be in jail for the rest of your life.
Our state is one of 20 in the country that enforce the death penalty. While rare, a conviction for first-degree murder may still result in a death sentence.
Therefore, you must have a legal team that can fight aggressively for a better sentence. In the event of a conviction or plea deal, our attorneys at Roberts Law Group strive to obtain the most favorable sentence possible. In some cases, this may mean reducing felony murder charges to less-serious misdemeanors, felonies, or obtaining lighter punishments like supervised or unsupervised probation.
How To Choose A Defense Attorney For A Murder Charge In North Carolina
When you’ve been charged with murder, in addition to facing the overwhelming justice system, you also face an overwhelming array of attorneys to hire. The legal representation that you select could mean the difference between freedom and prison, life and death. Here’s how to choose a defense attorney for a murder charge in North Carolina.
When comparing criminal defense lawyers, there are several important traits to search for:
- Experience: Your team should have years of experience handling serious crimes, including felony charges, murder charges and death penalty cases. Our decades of combined experience in criminal law – including experience as a prosecutor – sets Roberts Law Group apart.
- Reputation: Your lawyer’s reputation among law enforcement, prosecutors and other defense attorneys speaks volumes. We have earned a reputation as a skilled, trustworthy and knowledgeable firm. Prosecutors know we won’t back down when it comes to fighting for our clients.
- Manpower: How many attorneys will be working on your case? At Roberts Law Group, PLLC, we take a team approach-the more minds working on your defense, the better. You also receive personalized attention.
- Success: A lawyer or law firm’s court record says everything you need to know about their skill. We have a proven track record of success in criminal cases, obtaining favorable sentencing or not-guilty verdicts in numerous felony cases.
What To Watch Out For
When choosing an attorney, you should be aware of these red flags:
- Some attorneys will immediately accept the first plea bargain from the prosecution without bothering to aggressively negotiate something better.
- You should not hire a defense attorney who has never successfully handled cases involving first-degree murder. As a defendant, you need the assurance that your lawyer can protect your freedom.
- Public defenders, while devoted to protecting clients’ rights, have many cases on their hands. In contrast, as a private defense firm, we at Roberts Law Group have the resources, staff and time to give your case the unwavering attention you deserve.
Working With A Defense Attorney When You’ve Been Charged With Murder
Your first meeting with a criminal defense attorney will involve discussing your criminal case. We will go over the details of your murder charges and give you a realistic idea of what to expect from your homicide case. You will have a chance to confide in us, and we will keep the information that you provide us private. In addition, we can discuss defense strategies, potential pleas, and the risks and benefits of negotiating a plea bargain with the how to choose a defense attorney for a murder charge in North Carolina. or going to trial.
Paying For Your Legal Defense
Can you put a price tag on your freedom? How about your life? Your future?
Just as you wouldn’t hesitate to pay for a life-saving surgical procedure, neither should you balk at the investment in a criminal defense attorney who could very well save your life.
Getting high-quality legal representation from a criminal defense lawyer is indeed an investment. But it’s well worth it.
At Roberts Law Group, our initial consultation is completely free of charge, so you can have an opportunity to decide whether our murder defense lawyers are a good fit for you-at no cost, and with no obligation.
Why Select Us?
Roberts Law Group, PLLC, is the defense firm that you need when the stakes are highest. Why? We have successfully handled numerous high-profile cases involving violent crimes such as:
- First-degree homicide charges
- Second-degree homicide charges
- Negligent homicide charges
- Voluntary manslaughter charges
- Involuntary manslaughter charges
- Vehicular manslaughter charges
- Other violent felony charges
In our more than 30 combined years of experience, we have successfully represented many defendants in court before a judge and jury. We have even protected clients from the death penalty. When you hire us to represent you, we promise an aggressive battle from our vigilant attorneys.
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.