What Has Been Your Experience In Practicing Criminal Defense Law?

Prior to becoming a lawyer, I was a law enforcement officer, so I have worked on both sides of criminal cases—prosecuting them as a police officer and defending them as a lawyer.

What Are The Common Types Of Criminal Cases That You Handle In Kentucky?

The most common types of criminal cases that I handle are felony cases, including murder, attempted murder, rape, robbery, and theft. I have also tried a host of misdemeanor cases, including driving under the influence (DUI/OVI) and theft. I handle many felony sexual abuse cases. For example, as reported in the media I have represented Timothy L. Nolan, former judge and Trump’s political campaign manager, in a major human trafficking case. I’ve also represented football coaches, Cub Scout leaders, and school teachers accused of sex offenses. I’ve become very well-known in the area as a trial lawyer because I try criminal cases. In the divorce setting, I’ve been known as the junk yard dog.

How Do I Get Out Of Jail After I Am Arrested In Kentucky?

Rather than bail, Kentucky has something referred to as pre-trial release, which is where an arrestee gets interviewed and assigned a certain number of points based on different factors, such as having a clean record, having family contacts, and being employed. If an individual is deemed to be at low-risk for re-offending, then a judge might let them out on their own recognizance or by third party surety that they will appear in court. People who live in the criminal world may or may not come back for court—it often depends on whether they’re invested in their innocence; the purpose of bail and third-party surety is to ensure that they will return to court.

How And When Do Miranda Rights Come Into Play In A Criminal Case?

The Miranda rights only come into play during a confined interrogation. This means that if someone is free to walk away, then the police do not have to read the Miranda rights. However, as a policy and procedure within most of the interviewing process, when someone is considered a suspect or person of interest by law enforcement, they will read the Miranda warnings, which read exactly as heard on television shows, as follows: “You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to not testify against yourself. You have the right to confront your accuser, and you have a right to an attorney. If you can’t afford an attorney, the court will appoint you an attorney by what’s known as the public defender system.” All of these rights attach to an individual if there is a possibility that the information being obtained by the police will be used against them in the court of law. If the police suspect that someone has a weapon, they can pat them down without reading the Miranda warnings. This is called a Terry Frisk and can be done for the purposes of the officer’s safety.

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