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Robert J. DeCurtins

Criminal defense Attorney at Charlotte, NC

4.8   21 reviews

also known as Robert J DeCurtins

  • Licensed for 39 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1984
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About Robert

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    The majority of our criminal defense work is performed in the courts of Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, North Carolina (District 26). We have many times represented clients in Cabarrus, Union, Gaston Counties and others outside of Charlotte, Mechlenburg County. We handle a wide range of charges, including misdemeanors in district court and felony cases in superior court.

  2. DUI and DWI
    At the DeCurtins Law Office, in Charlotte, we are most proud of being close enough to our clients to help them commit to taking care of themselves. When you work with us after a DWI arrest, we will analyze and understand the evidence available in your case. We will help you understand the possible defenses that may be available to you. We will help you understand what will happen in the legal system so that you can anticipate what to expect when we go before the judge.

  3. Personal injury

  4. Speeding and traffic ticket

  5. Violent crime
    At the DeCurtins Law Office, we represent people accused of violent crimes in North Carolina state courts. Those clients often face very serious potential consequences, and our focus is on helping them minimize these consequences while supporting them through an often difficult time.

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 Doctor


Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, 1976
Bachelor of Science
Major: Criminology

Professional Associations and Memberships:

North Carolina State Bar


Mecklenburg County Bar

North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers

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DeCurtins Law Office
130 North McDowell Street
Suite A
Charlotte, NC, 28204

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Posted by Barbara | June 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Excellent Lawyer. I highly recommend Robert Decurtins
Mr Robert DeCurtins represented my son in two cases. He was able to get the charges dropped after my son did community service and attended his court required classes. Mr DeCurtins is an excellent experienced lawyer.
Posted by mvv | March 6, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
best lawyer in charlotte
Almost a year ago I hired Mr. DeCurtins to represent my brother on a series case charges. Within one year,Mr. DeCurtins was able to get all the charges dismissed.
Posted by Nicole | May 11, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great experience!
I had a wonderful experience with DeCurtins Law. The first time I met Robert I felt very comfortable and had a sense of relief when I left, feeling like I chose the right attorney for my case. After our meeting I was primarily in contact with his Paralegal, Kim who was equally as great. Kim was extremely professional, friendly and easy to communicate with. My questions never went unanswered! When it came time for negotiations, Robert made the process painless and quick. They both handled my case quickly and efficiently. All that being said, I’m very happy with how my case was resolved and I can without hesitation say I would recommend Robert and his great staff to my friends and family!
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Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2019
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Thank you so so much Mr. Robert DeCurtins! I really do Appreciate you and your staff working with me through this Situation I’ve been in .. thank you for working with me to help me to do better in life and to want to move on and do better by getting a better job and better living space for me and my family!!.. thank you sooo much for all of your help and I pray that you and your staff will be Blessed !! For all that you do and have done for others .. thanks again and have a blessed and safe day!!
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Posted by JARVIS | February 7, 2019
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Best Law Firm In Charlotte!
This is the best law firm in Charlotte, If you need a good criminal defender, like I did and need a not guilty You better call this firm. they are pitbulls in the court room.
Posted by Lakiedre | November 12, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
The best hands down
I was looking for an attorney for some traffic tickets. I called multiple attorneys no one called back, I spoke to a couple of paralegals couldn't really get in contact with an actual attorney. One weekend I was calling around looking for attorneys I didn't realize it was the weekend, was about to give up looking for an attorney then the following Monday Mrs Lisa (Mr Decurtins paralegal) return my phone call from Mr Decurtins office, she asked was I still seeking representation I told her what I needed, she then told me that she would relay the information to Mr Decurtins and he would give me a call. Not even 20 minutes later Mr. Decurtins himself was calling my phone. He was very professional polite and caring with no judgement and may I add AFFORDABLE. He took care of my needs as if they were his on and for that I recommend him to everyone I know.
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Posted by D. Kimble | September 7, 2018
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Excellent & Professional Lawyer
I was referred to use Robert DeCurtins as my Lawyer and I was glad I choose him. Mr. DeCurtins and his staff was very Pleasant to speak with very Professional made sure I understood everything thoroughly, Kept me updated on everything and was very Trustworthy. Everything he said he would do with me and my son in our accident, Him and his employees got the job done. Not only that, Kim (I'm guessing was his assistant) was very welcoming every time I enter the office and did great with communicating with me without this whole process rather if it was through email or phone calls. I will definitely make him my Lawyer if anything comes up and definitely will be referring others, That's A Bet! Thanks Robert DeCurtins and Your incredible Staff you are appreciated
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Posted by anonymous | May 31, 2018
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Man of his word
I had a case, after going through many profile, I decided to go with Mr. DeCurtins. No doubt I made the right decision. I was exempt from court visits and finally he had my case (it was a big case, not a misdemeanor ) dismissed. Other lawyers were reluctant, had if's and but's in their mind. But Mr. DeCurtins was confident and he nailed it.
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Posted by DecideWisely | May 7, 2018
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Right Choice for an Attorney
Almost a year ago I hired Mr. DeCurtins to represent my son on a series of felony charges. Within two months, Mr. DeCurtins was able to get all the charges dismissed. He is a very experienced attorney who will fight hard on your behalf. He is easily accessible and will take the time to explain every stage of your case to you. Mr. DeCurtins is the right choice for an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2018
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Helped fix my mistake
I hired Mr Decurtins to help with my drug possession charges and he was even able to help get my life back on track after clearing the charges and getting them expunged as well.
Posted by Carl | November 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Law at its Best
Robert DeCurtins is one of the best lawyers in North Carolina. He helped me to resolve a 4 year old case in a matter of 5 days. He is very proficient and if anyone is looking for a lawyer I strongly recommend Robert DeCurtins .
Posted by A. Doty | October 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend !
Our family would highly recommend Robert DeCurtins. His hard work, knowledge of the law, and professional demeanor were matched only by his caring and compassion for our family during a truly difficult time. Robert truly takes an interest in the well-being of his clients, and has the ability to make the hard decisions necessary to insure a positive outcome. It is without reservation that I recommend Mr. DeCurtins for all of your legal needs.
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Posted by Karren gorney | October 14, 2017
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Quick Dismiss
Robert not only responded quickly to my needs, he acted quickly too, charges dropped in a few days. I also appreciated his professionalism and his paralegal was equally as responsive and professional. You want this team on your side to make justice count. Thank you.
Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Look no further!
Mr. Decurtins is the best lawyer in Charlotte, hands down! I hired Mr. Decurtins for a very tough case and after being cheated and deceived by my last attorney, I was very reluctant to hire my next attorney. I inquired about Mr. Decurtins through his legal assistant, and I was surprised when I received an almost immediate call from Mr. Decurtins for a free consultation. I elected to employ Mr. Decurtins after our discussion because he seemed to have a lot of experience and when I explained to him my situation about my previous lawyer, he assured me that he would remain honest with me and do his very best. Towards the beginnings of much cSe proceedings Mr. Decurtins realized that he may not be able to do a whole lot for me because I had a VERY difficult case to win and he actually shaved off 1/3 of the cost of his services because of this! I have never had a lawyer be so kind and selfless! Mr. Decurtins professionalism and connections in the legal system in Charlotte allowed me many continuances in my benefit. On the day of my final hearing Mr. Decurtins and I decided to take a leap of faith and try the impossible. We had a lot of odds against us, but Mr. Decurtins worked his magic and we won the case! if you want the best, honest legal representation you have got to hire him!
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Posted by Tangie | March 18, 2017
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Very Satisfied
My name is Mrs Crawford.Mr. DeCurtins was my brother's attorney and represented him for injuries my brother suffered from accident. My brother was so pleased he recommended i call him to help me get my driving license back. I called and Mr. DeCurtins assistant was very courteous and professional. Mr. DeCurtins was as well. He also was very straight forward of how he could help me. His price was also great considering I had 9 driving violations. I did not have to step one foot into court. He also handled things quickly. I had called him in 2/26 and on 3/9 he called me and let me know my case was resolved. I would recommend him to anyone I know. I also would rerurn if I ever needed his service again. I also like that he is an attorney that handles a variety of cases from personal injury, traffic violations and criminal.
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Posted by Maria | December 14, 2016
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Excellent representation
I called Mr. Decurtins last minute and he was able to help me with a traffic violation and got everything resolved within a couple of days. I was very relieved! I didn't have to go anywhere and he did such an excellent job that I ended up with no points on my record and I didn't have to pay any fines. Also, my insurance didn't go up! He saved me a lot of time and money and he handled my case extremely well, I highly recommend him!
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Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2016
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Awesome Lawyer - Definitely will Recommend
Mr. DeCurtins was able to use his valuable experience and knew how to handle my case to achieve a complete dismissal for me. I could not have asked for a better result and it would not have happened without Mr. DeCurtins's hard work and dedication to me as a client. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2016
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Best in town!
Let me just say Robert & his assistant Lisa were the best! I was charged with a felony Larceny by Employee and Mr. Decurtins was able to negotiate deferred prosecution for me since it was my first offense. Not only did I have receive deferred prosecution but I also received unsupervised probation with permission from the judge to travel from state to state and out of the country. If you know NC law, then you know thats not normally possible to occur with a felony charge. Although I'm on 2 years of unsupervised with 100 hrs of community service required, I'm really pleased with the outcome. I truly was dreading the fact that I would have to be confined to the state with no travel privilges. Once I complete my conditions I have the opportunity to have this dismissed off of my record completely! Mr Decurtins was great and I plan to seek his counsel once my 2 years probation have ended or maybe sooner!
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Posted by Terrill | November 5, 2016
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The best guy to call!
Robert J. DeCurtins help me out so much. He is experienced and the best guy to call on. I couldn't thank him enough. Robert is knowledgeable with the state laws which benefits you. Thanks Robert for being there whenever I called!
Posted by Edwin | April 27, 2016
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Excellent Service but more importantly professional and curteous
Good afternoon, Just wanted to take a moment to review Mr. DeCurtins Law Office. They have done an outstanding job getting my daughter's drug charges dismissed both drug paraphernalia and marijuana possession while she is being detained in Houston, TX. Even though she has her green-card, border customs detained her because of the drug charges and is threatening to deport her. Mr. DeCurtins not only kept up with the case here, but was able to get them dismissed as of yesterday when we had to wait to go back to court June 1st which is over a month away. The dismissals is allowing us to get her bond and fight the Removal proceedings. With all that said, I was most impressed by how available, patient, courteous and understanding they were. Lisa Kale, the Legal Assistant, was outstanding and not once did I have to track her down for information. She was clear about expectations and communication. She emailed when she said she would and called when she said she would; meaning I just had to wait to hear back from her. The whole family appreciates everything you have done and I will and would recommend them anytime! Thank you! Sincerely! Edwin Sr. and Papa Diop
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • DeCurtins Law Firm
  • 1985 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Public Defender's Office
  • 1984 - 1985


  • University of Dayton School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • Zonn Institute of Polygraph
  • Certified Polygraph Examiner
  • 1977
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1976

Sample of Legal Cases

  • NFL Rae Carruth Murder Case
  • Represented Four North Carolina Teachers


  • North Carolina State Bar
  • 1984 - Present
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • 1984 - Present
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • 1984 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • 1984 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015

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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Bob DeCurtins as an honest, conscientious and effective advocate for over 20 years. His reputation in the legal community is sterling, and he is known for his competent and expert representation on behalf of his clients. I would recommend Bob for any person seeking legal assistance in a criminal case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Robert is a great lawyer who zealously advocates for his clients. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred many of my clients to Mr. DeCurtins and they have all been satisfied with his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Rober. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
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Charlotte Criminal defense Lawyer Robert J. DeCurtins
Robert J. DeCurtins
Criminal defense Attorney
Charlotte, NC
Licensed for 39 years
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