“When I was arrested by the Feds on Drug Conspiracy charges, they told me I was facing mandatory life in federal prison without the possibility of parole. I knew that I was innocent, but I was scared . . . so I knew that I would have to find a lawyer who was not afraid of the Feds and would take my case to trial. I chose Greg Robey because he is a fighter. After over 2 weeks in a federal jury trial, I was found Not Guilty of all charges. My family and I am forever grateful to Mr. Robey.” -L.B., Mansfield, Ohio
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that juveniles who commit crimes in which no one is killed may not be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Court reasoned that the Eight Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment forbids such sentences.
The case involved Terrance Graham, who, in 2003, at age 16, helped rob a Jacksonville restaurant, during which an accomplice beat the manager with a steel bar. Mr. Graham was sentenced to 1 year in jail and 3 years of probation for that crime. The next year, at age 17, Mr. Graham and two 20-year-old accomplices committed a home invasion robbery. In 2005, a Florida judge sentenced Mr. Graham to life in prison for violating his probation.
This is a sound and compassionate decision which recognizes that juvenile offenders can often be rehabilitated. When facing juvenile charges, it is critical that you reach out to an experienced Ohio defense attorney. With over 15 years of experience, the Law Offices of Gregory S. Robey is here to represent you. Contact us online today or by calling 877.219.2514.