RELEASED: Nov. 30, 2010

RALEIGH, NC – Criminal lawyer Patrick Roberts of the Roberts Marcilliat & Mills PLLC PLLC attended a National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) continuing legal education (CLE) course called “Confronting the Mob Mentality: Defending Sex Cases.” The course, hosted in Savannah, Georgia, featured a variety of topics related to sex crimes defense.

According to Mr. Roberts, this particular CLE course was a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn from notable sex crimes defense attorneys and defense advocates throughout the country. The narrow sex crimes topic of the CLE meant that there were fewer participants and, therefore, a greater opportunity to ask questions of the presenters and learn from the other attorneys at the CLE.

Based on information from the NACDL website, topics discussed during the November 2010 CLE included:

  • Sex Crime Investigation: Computer technology, jury selection, child interview techniques
  • Child Pornography: Effective techniques for cross-examination of a child witness
  • Sex Crime Sentencing: Federal and state sentencing guidelines

The overall objective of Mr. Roberts‘ participation in the CLE was to learn new techniques to use when defending against state and federal sex crimes charges in North Carolina. “My goal was to develop greater understanding of how to defend these cases,” Mr. Roberts said. “In sex crimes, the defendant is generally presumed to be guilty even if there is a lack of evidence because everyone wants to protect the child.”

For more information about the Roberts Marcilliat & Mills PLLC PLLC, see his criminal defense website and criminal defense blogPatrick 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 919-838-6643 for a free consultation. Roberts Marcilliat & Mills PLLC can also be followed on Facebook at

North Carolina v. J.S.
Indecent Exposure
Potentially Facing: 30 days in Jail
Result: Case Dismissed

Roberts Marcilliat & Mills PLLC 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.