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Think Global, Hire Local Counsel

Posted on June 22, 2017 in General Criminal Law Issues - Northern KY

While it is important to be open to new ideas and strive to better yourself both as a person and a human being, when hiring a criminal defense attorney, make sure that they know their audience.
If you consider hiring an attorney from outside of the area, ask these questions:

  1. Does an outside attorney know the area?
  2. Do they know the prosecutor(s)?
  3. Do they know the judge(s)?
  4. Are they familiar with juries in the area and who may be potential jurors? AND
  5. Is the case likely to go to trial?

Why bold the Question: Is the case likely to go to trial?  The answer is complicated and simple.  If the case is likely to settle and you need the influence of the local prosecutor and/or judge to resolve the case or negotiate a favorable plea deal, often a local attorney will best suit your needs.  The best deals are not reserved to high price attorneys from larger cities, especially in more rural counties.

If, on the other hand, your case is likely or definitely headed toward a jury trial, an outside attorney may have the advantage of being able to ruffle some feathers without the care of local counsel.  That must be considered together with the fact that a local attorney may get some better pretrial rulings and will better know the jury and the trial strategy of the prosecutor.

What is local?  Typically, a local attorney is someone who regularly practices in the county of the charge.  They may have their office or home in that county or an adjacent county.  If you are seeking a lawyer, ask them the names of the prosecutors and judges who may or will be handling your case.  The local attorney shoudl be familiar with the “players.”

If you have questions or concerns about a case in Boone, Campbell or Kenton counties in Northern Kentucky, call Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 or email at mwbouldin2@gmail.com.