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Featured Representative Cases
The attorneys of GCLLG have over 100 years of legal experience and a track record of succeeding for clients. These successes include: 
  • State v. J.P.
    Mar 14, 2016
    Practice Area: Criminal defense
    Outcome: 20 year sentence overturned
    Description: Overturned a 17-20 year sentence in Charlotte with a motion for appropriate relief based on his prior attorney's ineffective assistance in representing the client at trial.
    State v, Saldierna
    Date: Jul 27, 2015
    Outcome: Felony convictions overturned on appeal
    Description: Following a decision by a superior court judge to admit his client's confession into evidence, Rob appealed the judge's decision to the Court of Appeals and overturned the trial judge. The published decision is considered new law on the subject of illegally-obtained confessions. The decision can be found here: (click here to view full decision)
    U.S. v. S.T.
    Date: Nov 04, 2014
    Outcome: Probation
    Description: Client arrested on a criminal complaint that alleged distribution of synthetic cathinones (synthetic marijuana or bath salts) on a national level. Negotiated a sentence of probation without any cooperation requirements.
    State v. X
    Date: Jun 04, 2015
    Outcome: First degree murder reduced to obstruction of justice
    Description: First degree murder charge reduced to obstruction of justice and client received probation. Client also avoided a federal indictment whereas codefendants were each federally indicted.
    Matter of S.C.
    Date: May 22, 2015
    Outcome: Waiver granted for permanent resident
    Description: Client allowed to keep his green card based on a 212(h) waiver despite being placed in deportation proceedings based on state and federal credit card fraud convictions.
    U.S. v. S.P.
    Date: September 1, 2014
    Practice Area: White Collar Crime
    Outcome: Probation
    Description: Client charged with a fraud in excess of 10 million dollars. Immediately prior to jury selection, negotiated a non-cooperation plea which resulted in probation for the client.

    U.S. v. B.K.
    Date: October 14, 2014
    Practice Area: White Collar Crime
    Outcome: Split sentence
    Description: Obtained a variance such that client received 6 months imprisonment based on a fraud with a loss amount in excess of $500,000. Client did not cooperate with law enforcement.
    State v. Velazquez-Perez
    Practice Area: Appeals
    Date: Apr 21, 2014
    Outcome: 29-35 year sentence overturned
    Description: Mr. Heroy represented Edgar Villalvazo on appeal. At trial he received a 29-35 year sentence based on his alleged participation in the largest cocaine arrest in Buncombe County. On appeal, the verdict was overturned by the NC Court of Appeals, and the charges ordered dismissed.  The case was featured on the front page of Lawyer’s Weekly and resulted in a published opinion.  Mr. Villalvazo now lives in California with his daughters and received a new work permit following his release.

    Aguirre v. U.S.
    Practice Area: Appeals
    Date: Jul 01, 2014
    Outcome: Conviction overturned/residence reinstated
    Description: Habeas motion granted and his client’s conviction for a federal firearms offense was overturned by a U.S. District Court Judge based on his client’s actual innocence.  She  was released from immigration custody after spending a year in custody on the charge.   The case went to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, where the government took a dismissal.
    One year later, we assisted the client in obtaining a 212(h) waiver before an immigration judge, and she is now a legal permanent resident and home with her daughter.

    U.S. v. Lewis
    Practice Area: Federal Crime
    Date: Oct 01, 2011
    Outcome: Not Guilty
    Description:  Defendant found not guilty by a jury in federal court following a week-long federal firearms trial.  As part of that victory, Mr. Heroy convinced a U.S. District Court Judge to suppress evidence of a confession based on a violation of his client’s Miranda rights.
    U.S. v. R.A.
    Practice Area: Federal Crime
    Date: Aug 27, 2014
    Outcome: forfeiture avoided
    Description: Assisted in obtaining the release of lis pendens on property totaling $3-5 million dollars as part of a money laundering investigation.
    STATE v. Flores
    Date: March, 2014
    Practice Area: Criminal Defense
    Outcome: Manslaughter reduced to misdemeanor charges
    Description: In a highly publicized vehicular manslaughter case involving a vehicle accident with multiple fatalities and allegations of street-racing, Mr. Heroy conducted an extensive investigation utilizing private investigators and accident reconstruction experts to counter the prosecution’s allegations, and eventually was able to negotiate a plea agreement in which his client pled to 2 misdemeanors, and all felony charges were dismissed.
    re: Almanza
    Practice Area: Immigration
    Date: Jan 30, 2014
    Outcome: Appeal successful
    Description: The Board of Immigration Appeals reversed the Immigration Judge's decision to deny bond to client on account of pending drug charges.  3 years later, immigration proceedings against Respondent were administratively closed.

    U.S. v. Mubdi
    Practice Area: Criminal Defense
    Date: Aug 21, 2013
    Outcome: Sentence reduced by 9 years
    Description:  Represented client on a resentencing following a remand from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals based on the Supreme Court's decision in Alleyne. Defendant's sentence was reduced from 25 years to 16 years.

    State v. J.P.
    Practice Area: Criminal Defense
    Date: Aug 20, 2013
    Outcome: Conviction overturned due to defective indictment
    Description: Client’s 8 year old felony drug conviction overturned based on a defective indictment. The U.S. Government sought to deport J.P., a permanent resident, based on that conviction, and had initiated deportation proceedings.  They were forced to dismiss their case once his conviction was overturned. J.P. is now a U.S. citizen.

    U.S. v. Luis Fernandez
    Practice Area: Appeals
    Date: Feb 21, 2013
    Outcome: Appeal Successful, and Client’s sentence reduced by 2 years
    Description:  Remand obtained from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals based on erroneous sentence calculation at the trial level.  Mr. Heroy filed a motion to reconsider with the trial judge while the case was pending appeal with the Fourth Circuit.  Based on that motion, he was able to obtain a remand in spite of an appeal waiver, and on remand, Fernandez’s 7-year sentence was reduced by 2 years.
    State v. Watkins
    Practice Area: Criminal Defense
    Date: Jul 25, 2012
    Outcome: Hung jury followed by plea offer for probation
    Description:  Following a week long jury trial on drug trafficking and habitual felon charges where the client faced over a decade in prison, the case was declared a mistrial based on a hung jury in the Defendant's favor. Following the mistrial, the client was offered a probationary sentence

    State v. Bailey
    Practice Area: Criminal Defense
    Date: Jul 24, 2012
    Outcome: New plea deal offered after cross-examination of state's lead witness
    Description: Immediately following Defense's cross-examination of the State's first witness in a drug and habitual felon trial, the State offered the client a plea offer to a non-habitual sentence.
    State v. A.G.
    Practice Area: Criminal Defense
    Date: Jul 10, 2012
    Outcome: Charges to be dismissed through deferred prosecution
    Description:  During a contested sentencing hearing involving heroin charges, the prosecution argued that an out-of-state felony conviction was sufficiently similar to North Carolina's equivalent charge and Defendant should receive a felony heroin conviction.  Following the hearing, the Court ruled for the defense and determined that an out-of-state felony conviction was not sufficiently similar to North Carolina's equivalent and provided for the dismissal of Defendant's felony charges pursuant to deferred prosecution. 

    Matter of Patel
    Practice Area: Immigration
    Date: May 15, 2012
    Outcome: Case Dismissed
    Description: Client was in immigration proceedings based on out-of-state drug charges. Mr. Heroy worked with an attorney in Alabama to vacate those charges and for the Dept. of Homeland Security to dismiss his immigration case.
    U.S. v. R.O.
    Practice Area: White Collar Crime
    Date: Sep 20, 2011
    Outcome: Motion for Variance granted
    Description: In a multi-million dollar fraud indictment, the court varied from a guideline range of 46-57 months and imposed a 14 month sentence.

    State v. D.S.
    Practice Area: Criminal Defense
    Date: Oct 01, 2010
    Outcome: Hung Jury resulting in Mistrial
    Description: Jury hung following a week-long drug trafficking trial in which Defendant faced consecutive mandatory drug trafficking sentences. A plea offer to a lesser charge was made following the mistrial and client received a probationary sentence.

    State v. B.L.
    Practice Area: Criminal Defense
    Date: Jan 01, 2010
    Outcome: Not guilty
    Description:  Client found not guilty by juries in two separate trials, one for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and habitual felon and another for felony breaking and entering and habitual felon.


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