Raymond C. Tarlton
Tarlton Law Firm
P.O. Box 91624
Raleigh, NC 27601
(Wake)

Position: Member

TEL: 919-390-1278

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Admitted: North Carolina, 2008

Law School: Campbell University School of Law, J.D., top five percent of class, 2008

College: Wake Forest University, B.A. Philosophy, 2004

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Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Sex Trafficking, Firearm Felonies, Use of the Internet to Promote an Unlawful Business Enterprise, Namely, Prostitution, Drug Cases

Additional Information: See: United States of America v. Marcus Antwan Gambrell and Kevin Rudolph ; United States of America v. Shamel Nesbitt

Raymond Tarlton has over seven years of experience, first as a state court prosecutor and then a criminal defense attorney in both federal and state courts. Raymond was co-defense counsel in a high-profile first degree murder trial that received national media attention. Additionally, Raymond has handled over one hundred twenty federal criminal cases-from white collar anti-trust bid rigging allegations to armed bank robbery-at various stages in the proceedings, including trial by jury and appeals. Raymond has represented people in federal post-conviction 2255 habeas corpus relief hearings. He regularly works with other attorneys on cases and has defendend folks from all walks of life facing federal and state charges ranging from traffic citations & political protest related misdemeanors to international cocaine trafficking conspiracy allegations, tax fraud, public corruption, first degree murder, and criminal cases in the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Appalled by the current and deleterious federal system of mass incarceration of non-violent drug offenders, Raymond recently assisted as pro bono local counsel for lawyers from international law firm Skadden Arps to help their efforts to petition the Obama Administration for clemency relief on behalf of clients serving life sentences for drug offenses as part of the national Clemency Project 2014.

Raymond also represents folks in civil cases on claims that his clients were wrongfully injured, their property was damaged by negligence or malfeasance, or are facing litigaton after business deals deteriorated or adverse employment issues arose.

A Raleigh native, Raymond graduated from Broughton High School. He completed his undergradute work at Wake Forest University, where he majored in philosophy and developed a deep appreciation for our natural rights secured by the Constitution. After graduating, he immersed himself in the study of law at Campbell University. Raymond graduated from law school in the top five percent of his class. He passed the Bar and went to work as an Assistant District Attorney in Wake County. There he prosecuted and tried over a hundred criminal cases in the District Court and several in the Superior Court.

Raymond left his job as a prosecutor and went into private practice, where he worked regularly with a former federal prosecutor and represented folks from all walks of life on a wide range of cases, including minor traffic tickets, DWIs/DUIs, felony DWI, revoked license charges, alcohol and drug offenses, assault, theft, sex offenses, federal firearm and drug trafficking offenses, export controls on restricted technology, and Medicaid provider regulations. He also has defended individuals and business owners in civil lawsuits and brought civil claims on behalf of people who have been harmed by wrongful, deceptive, or otherwise irresponsible conduct. Finally, he aggressively litigated serious issues involving violations of cherished constitutional rights and civil liberties, especially in the amorphous realm of civil commitment law, including federal commitment trials brought against people accused of being sexually dangerous under the Adam Walsh Act.

Recently, Raymond served as an Assistant Federal Defender in the Eastern District of North Carolina. He represented people either too poor to hire a lawyer or folks who had otherwise run out of liquid assets while fighting off civil and regulatory proceedings before a federal criminal case was lodged against them. His cases and other cases he assisted on included defending against accusations of highjacking, bank robbery, manslaughter, federal firearms violations, Medicare/healthcare fraud, prescription fraud involving health care professionals, Sherman Act anti-trust/bid-rigging violations, Clean Air Act violations, tax fraud, bank fraud, embezzlement from a financial institution, bankruptcy fraud, mortgage fraud, embezzlement & larcency from a federally insured employer, immigration offenses, child porn possession and production, SORNA failure to register offenses, threats against the President, retaliation against a federal official, and international drug trafficking conspiracies. Raymond has experience working with experts to help defend against charges and, if needed, develop mitigation for sentencing, especially using experts such as forensic accountants in fraud cases and forensic psychologists or psychiatrists in delicate sex offense cases.

Raymond is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Downtown Raleigh. He enjoys kayaking, snowboarding, cycling, traveling, and spending time with his dog.


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