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July 2015 Archives

How plea-bargaining can work in Kentucky

Every baseball player would like to hit a home run every time he steps up to the plate. But we all know that in the real world the chances of that happening are nil. Similarly, every person charged with a crime wants to be acquitted, and every criminal defense attorney wishes that he or she could always deliver on that desire, but in the real world there are going to be times when being found not guilty of all charges is simply not going to happen.

Criminal defense representation cannot be passive

"I could never do criminal defense law." You can hear a lot of attorneys saying that, the insinuation being that those who have been accused of crimes are guilty until proven innocent, or not worth defending, or both. Even some criminal defense lawyers do not seem to put their hearts into what they are doing; they just go through the motions of defending you, but will do little more than to put in the minimum effort required to avoid an accusation of "ineffective representation by counsel."

Kentucky criminal defense may include fighting for impartial jury

Seasoned criminal defense attorneys learn that ensuring that a person accused of a crime gets a fair criminal trial with an impartial jury panel may call for fighting against more than just the prosecutors. Sometimes, as in a Kentucky case that involves allegations of illegal bourbon and steroids, keeping evidence under wraps and away from the press might pit the rights of the accused against freedom of the press.

Indecent exposure is a sex crime

Sex crimes can take many different forms, including rape, sexual abuse, and incest. In the state of Kentucky, indecent exposure is also a sex crime. Although indecent exposure may not seem as serious as some of the other sex crimes, it can still have very serious consequences.

How will aggravating circumstances affect my DUI charge?

The consequences of being stopped by the police in Bowling Green and charged with drunk driving charges can be enormous. Besides the fines, jail time and license suspension that state law authorizes for a conviction, additional penalties may be imposed if prosecutors prove that aggravating circumstances existed at the time of the violation.

Michael J. Thompson, Attorney at Law

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