Benjamin J. Lankford

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Charlotte, NC

Roberts Law Group, PLLC
 | 112 S. Tryon Street, Suite 720
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: 877-880-5753
Fax: 919-573-0774
Selected To Rising Stars: 2020 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2014
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (90%),
  • Appellate (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish,
  • Korean
  • Free Consultation
Attorney Profile

Benjamin J. Lankford is an attorney with Roberts Law Group, PLLC, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Nationally ranked as a top trial attorney, Mr. Lankford focuses his practice exclusively on criminal law, and he has achieved considerable success advocating on behalf of those who stand accused of any type of felony or misdemeanor offense, including DWI, sex crimes and juvenile crimes. He also represents college students accused of Title IX violations.

As a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Lankford has obtained a long record of securing acquittals, dismissals and reductions of charges for the accused through his aggressive approach to protecting their rights and preserving their freedom and liberties at all turns. He believes that people deserve the best possible defense counsel in order to make the criminal justice system work, and he finds great reward in being able to help his clients achieve the most favorable results possible for their situations.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and legal abilities, Mr. Lankford has earned a Top 40 Under 40 designation from the National Trial Lawyers along with many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers. He has also received Superb client ratings on Avvo as well as numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

After graduating with distinction from the University of North Carolina in 2010, Mr. Lankford attended Wake Forest University School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2013. While there, he completed an internship with the school's Innocence and Justice Clinic, and he received a CALI Award for his exceptional academic achievements in federal sentencing. He is admitted to practice before all North Carolina state courts as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina.

Practice Areas
  • 90%Criminal Defense
  • 10%Appellate


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Rising Stars: 2020 - 2021

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About Benjamin Lankford

Admitted: 2014, North Carolina

Professional Webpage:


  • Selected for Top 40 Under 40 at age 30. , Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association, 2020


  • Not Guilty verdicts on Assault on a Female and Injury to Personal Property.  Only remaining charge, Cyberstalking, was dismissed by the Court following a motion to dismiss for insufficient evidence. , 2017
  • No Charges filed in Insurance Fraud/Arson investigation. , 2019
  • Cyberstalking case dismissed. , 2019
  • Assault by Pointing a Gun case dismissed. , 2018
  • Probationary sentence for client accused of Assault with Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury, in a case involving an alleged home invasion and shooting. , 2018
  • Child Abuse charge dismissed, citing relatively recent case regarding a parent's right in North Carolina to administer corporal punishment/State v. Varner. , 2018

Representative Clients:

  • Felony Breaking and Entering: Conditional Discharge
  • Obtaining Property by False Pretenses: Dismissed
  • Our client was a Division I football player accused of participating in a "gang rape."  His university initiated a Title IX proceeding against him and law enforcement conducted a parallel investigation.   Ultimately, our client was found not responsible at the University proceedings and no charges were filed.  Our client was able to return to the football field with his scholarship in tacked. , 2018
  • Our client was a professor at a public university accused of sexual misconduct.  A Title IX investigation and police investigation ensued.   Our client was able to avoid both criminal charges or university sanctions.  , 2018
  • Our client was facing life in prison for murder.   This murder case involved an allegation that our client provided a lethal amount of narcotics to the alleged victim.   I worked closely with a hand-selected toxicology expert to cast doubt on the State's position that the narcotics allegedly provided by our client resulted in death.  Ultimately, our client received a sentence of only 5 years for involuntary manslaughter and concealment of death. , 2018
  • The client was accused of rape and/or sexually assaulted four women over four years in two counties.  Our client ultimately received a sentence of just 44 months minimum, although he was facing what would have amounted to a life sentence if convicted at trial. , 2018
  • Our client was accused of soliciting graphic material from a minor out of state.  After explaining the unique circumstances of our client's life and alleged offense conduct, we were able to persuade the district attorney to extend a misdemeanor plea offer. Our client avoided the registry, a felony, and prison. At this person's related interim student conduct hearing, I persuaded his University to allow the client to register and take classes while his criminal case was pending.  , 2018
  • In a federal mortgage fraud case, I drafted what the sentencing court described as "one of the best memorandums [he'd] seen in a criminal case."  The memo included a novel, but well researched, argument for the Court to depart below the United States Sentencing Guidelines, which are increasingly viewed as draconian, outdated, and unsupported by empirical evidence.  , 2015
  • Our client was accused of a number of acts of sexual misconduct with a minor. Electronic communications and surveillance video tended to support the crimes charged. Nonetheless, we were able to secure a misdemeanor plea offer for an offense that does not require sex offender registration. At the plea hearing, I argued for the Court to accept the plea in light of mitigating factors and impose a sentence of probation. The Court agreed and our client avoided prison, sex offender registration, and a felony. , 2018
  • Our client was charged with two counts of Attempted Murder, as well as felony assault and four counts of discharging a weapon into occupied property.  I drafted a motion to suppress surveillance footage of the incident, and prepared a notice of self-defense.  On the eve of trial, the State agreed to dismiss all charges against our client except one felony assault and one count of discharging into occupied property.  For his conduct in this attempted murder case, our client received a sentence of just of 2 years, although he was facing well over 30 years on just the attempted murder charges alone. , 2019
  • Our client was charged with counts of rape and second degree sex offense.   In this "date rape" case, we filed extensive pre-trial motions to compel discovery.  As a result of the new information we were able to compel as a result, including toxicology exams and cell phone extractions, we were able to show that the State's case was significantly weaker than initially believed.  Ultimately, our client received a misdemeanor plea offer that did not require sex offender registration.   Our client avoided prison, sex offender registration, and a felony in this case. , 2017
  • Our client was confronted by federal law enforcement concerning her role in bank and wire fraud at a large national bank.  After discussing the case and issues with federal prosecutors, we were able to convince the federal government to decline to pursue charges against our client.  For her role in this alleged fraud, our client was never charged, much less convicted, of any crime. , 2017
  • Our client was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, based on a package that was delivered and subsequently located at the client's home. Our client was on federal post-release for an unrelated crime at the time. The jury ultimately reached a "hung-verdict," resulting in a mistrial. The State subsequently decided to dismiss, rather than re-try the case. , 2017
  • Client charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer, among other related charges. Drafted successful motion to dismiss based on evidence that the law enforcement officers at issue selectively enforced the law against our client, thus violating equal protection. , 2018
  • Our client was a juvenile charged with several counts of felony secret peeping.  After extensively researching and drafting a motion in limine to exclude testimony related to electronic communications, the Court indicated that it had doubts that the State could prove that our client was responsible for the crimes charged.   The State ultimately agreed to a misdemeanor resolution and probation, which resulted in our client continuing to be able to participate in high school athletics.  , 2017
  • Successfully argued that client should be removed from the sex offender registry.  , 2018
  • Our client was accused of trafficking in heroin, one of the most serious drug crimes in North Carolina.  Our client had also served many years in prison on unrelated charges.   After filing a motion to suppress based on a recent Supreme Court decision (Rodriguez), and interviewing multiple witnesses, I successfully negotiated a resolution that would result in our client's case getting dismissed upon compliance with probation, based on a little used section of North Carolina's drug statutes, NCGS 90-96(a1).    Ultimately, this client's drug trafficking case was entirely dismissed. , 2015
  • Client accused of multiple felony drug related offenses.  Evidence against our client was gathered pursuant to a search warrant.  I drafted a motion to suppress which was ultimately granted, resulting in dismissal of all charges. , 2018
  • Client accused of stealing luxury cars in multiple counties on multiple occasions by breaking and entering dealerships.   We were able to convince one county to accept venue over all cases, which allowed our client to receive 1 probationary sentence as a first-offender with no prior record.  Because judgment was entered on each case during the same session of Superior Court, our client will be eligible for expunction as a non-violent offender in 5 years.  The Court ordered restitution of less than $10,000, despite allegations of many $100,000s of loss. , 2018
  • Client was accused of stealing over $8,000 from his employer.  Through negotiations, our client received a conditional discharge which requires that our client's case be dismissed by the State upon repayment of restitution and compliance with other conditions. , 2018
  • Indecent exposure case dismissed for client in America on a student-visa.  , 2018

Educational Background:

  • University of North Carolina -B.A. with Distinction , 2010
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Office Location for Benjamin J. Lankford

112 S. Tryon Street
Suite 720
Charlotte, NC 28202

Phone: 877-880-5753

Fax: 919-573-0774

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Last Updated: 8/6/2020

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