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301 S. Mcdowell St. Suite 801
Charlotte, North Carolina 28204
United States

Telephone: (704) 375-7200
Firm: Decurtins Law Office
Practice Overview:
When you seek a lawyer’s help with your criminal defense, it’s not the last case that matters — it’s your case. Our Charlotte, NC practice uses over 25 years of experience to defend our clients.

North Carolina

Professional Profile:
Robert J DeCurtins
Charlotte, North Carolina
Managing Partner
phone (704) 375-7200
fax (704) 714-7915
Trust is Vital to a Good Result

Trust is vital to a good result, but I understand that this trust must be earned. At the DeCurtins Law Firm, in Charlotte, North Carolina, I earn my clients’ trust through the development of a relationship. By listening and giving sound advice based on all available information and experience, I help build the trust necessary to provide the best possible legal representation.
Every criminal defense lawyer has a different style. My style involves working closely with my clients. Before we go before the judge, we can take the time to talk about your case so that you can be comfortable with what to expect.
Whether you have received a traffic ticket or been charged with a crime like DUI/DWI, I will encourage you to ask me questions and I will give you answers based on over 25 years of experience. I know what others in similar situations people facing similar criminal charges have experienced. I can help you anticipate what your judge may be concerned about and what consequences you may potentially face.
Avoiding Criminal Defense Surprises
One of the most difficult things about facing criminal charges is not knowing what to expect. At the DeCurtins Law Firm, I take pride in helping my clients avoid surprises. By the time we are standing before the judge, my clients have a very good idea what to expect including what kinds of results are typical and what the judge may ask about. For most people, knowing that you likely will not go to jail today is a tremendous weight lifted.
What Can I Expect?
People often have many questions about what to expect after criminal allegations are made. The answers vary in each situation, so talking with an attorney directly is the best way to get real answers that work for you. I can help answer any questions you may have about your criminal defense:
What happens when you turn yourself in after a warrant is issued?
What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
What does setting a bond mean?
What charges could lead to jail time?
What happens during plea negotiations?
What kinds of sentencing considerations does the judge take into account?
To get the answers you need, to talk with me about your criminal defense, contact the DeCurtins Law Firm by calling (704) 375-7200 for a free initial consultation.
Robert DeCurtins has lived in Charlotte since 1984 where he and his wife have raised their three children and he began his legal career. Over the past 25 years he has successfully represented many thousands of clients in state criminal court in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and nearby counties. He enjoys his relationships with his clients, past and present, and looks forward to getting to know his future clients.
Robert was born in Miami Beach, Florida on March 20, 1954, and grew up in Dayton, Ohio . He attended college at Eastern Kentucky University where he graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology.
His first job out of college was with Montgomery Ward as a security director for a new location. Responsibilities included hiring and training a staff of store detectives to apprehend shoplifters and all internal investigations of employee theft and embezzlement.
While working in that capacity Robert was introduced to the field of polygraph (or lie detector) and later graduated from the Lincoln Zonn Institute of Polygraph in Miami, Florida where he graduated 2nd in his class, which consisted mostly of police officers from around the country. He was hired by the Zonn Security Corporation upon graduation and trained in New York city for a period of time under a nationally renowned polygraph examiner and interrogator who had conducted polygraph testing on witnesses surrounding the President Kennedy assassination.
Eventually, Robert accepted a position in Dayton, Ohio with Takkon Polygraph Firm which was owned and operated by Dayton Police Department homicide investigators and was the largest private firm in the Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana area. While there he testified in criminal court as a polygraph expert. Robert believes his polygraph and interrogation experience has been invaluable in his career as a criminal defense lawyer, having personally conducted approximately 8,000 polygraph examinations. He also was eventually granted a state license to administer polygraphs in North Carolina . Robert is possibly the only lawyer in North Carolina to have held such a license.
With an educational and job background in the criminal justice area, Robert began law school at the University of Dayton School of Law in 1980, obtaining his law degree in 1983. Mr. DeCurtins then moved his family to Charlotte, North Carolina and began his legal career as an Assistant Public Defender. In 1985 he left that office and went into private law practice. At that time, Mr. DeCurtins helped prosecute child support arrearage cases in Charlotte . In addition, he also represented the City’s interest in front of the Civil Service Board where his job was to have the board uphold punishments, i.e. suspensions or termination, handed down by the Charlotte Police Department for officer misconduct.
Throughout his career Robert has probably defended clients charged with almost every type or category of criminal case in North Carolina . Of his most memorable cases to date were two separate instances where he defended Charlotte teachers who were accused of having sex with a student. In one of the cases his client was a male teacher and in the other a female teacher. The case involving the female teacher generated significant media interest on a national level because of the rarity of a female teacher being charged and several television shows, i.e. 20/20, sought interviews and or appearances.
Mr. DeCurtins also represented a NFL Carolina Panthers player during the Rae Carruth murder investigation and prosecution in Charlotte, North Carolina . At that trial, approximately one year after the investigation started, both Robert and his client were called to testify.
Areas of Practice:
Criminal Law
Traffic Violations
White Collar Crimes
Bar Admissions:
North Carolina, 1984
U.S. Federal Court, 1984
University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio, 1983
Juris DoctorEastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, 1976
Bachelor of Science
Major: Criminology
Professional Associations and Memberships:
North Carolina State Bar
MemberMecklenburg County Bar
MemberNorth Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers

Affiliations & Memberships:
North Carolina State Bar
MemberMecklenburg County Bar
MemberNorth Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers