Social Media Evidence: Is it Admissible in Court?

Posted October 16th, 2017, by Dan Carman

It’s no secret that social media has become one of the most popular forms of communication across the globe. In fact, in the United States alone, it’s estimated that nearly 80% of adults use at least one form of social media. One increasingly common question lawyers have begun to receive, then, is whether or not posts made on social media are considered admissible in court. After all, as our means of communication have evolved, it has historically taken our court systems some time to catch up. Social Media Admissibility in Court Generally speaking, social media posts may be admissible in court—whether … Continue reading “Social Media Evidence: Is it Admissible in Court?”

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Pleading Guilty and Not Guilty in Kentucky

Posted August 10th, 2016, by Dan Carman

You see it all the time in courtroom dramas and movies. A defendant stands up and is asked how he will plead. The defendant says, “Not guilty, your honor,” and everyone in the courtroom gasps in surprise. The truth is that pleading guilty or not guilty is very rarely as dramatic an event as it is portrayed on the big screen. However, the consequences of a plea are very significant — not only to the proceedings that follow, but also to the outcome for the defendant. Contrary to popular belief, pleading guilty or not guilty is not just about whether … Continue reading “Pleading Guilty and Not Guilty in Kentucky”

Upon Sentencing, Can I Be Credited For The Time I Have Already Served In Jail?

Posted May 22nd, 2012, by Dan Carman

Yes. In Kentucky, when a defendant was detained in pre-trial custody while waiting for court appearances, at the time that a final sentence is adjudged, he or she will be credited for each day served in jail Assume the following facts in this simple example: You were arrested, driven to jail, and after being read your Miranda rights, confessed immediately to committing four (4) Class A Misdemeanors, two of which involved violence. You were charged and arraigned the following day in District Court. Because of the overwhelming evidence against you (especially your confession), approximately one week later you entered into … Continue reading “Upon Sentencing, Can I Be Credited For The Time I Have Already Served In Jail?”

Should I Plead “Guilty” or “Not Guilty” To My Charges At My First Court Appearance in Kentucky?

Posted May 15th, 2012, by Dan Carman

Many people believe that pleading “guilty” at a first appearance might make the prosecutor or the judge go easy on you or possibly reduce the charge? But it is almost never a good idea to plead “guilty” at your initial court appearance in Kentucky (whether it be in State or Federal Court). At the time of your initial appearance, it is unlikely that you or an attorney – public or private – working for you has discovered all of the evidence against you or all of the defenses that you may have available to you. Also, the judge and the … Continue reading “Should I Plead “Guilty” or “Not Guilty” To My Charges At My First Court Appearance in Kentucky?”

What Recourse Do I Have If A Kentucky Judge Sets Bail Too High? Is There A Way To Lower The Bail Amount In Kentucky?

Posted May 8th, 2012, by Dan Carman

Although they mean slightly different things, the words “bail” and “bond” are often used interchangeably in Kentucky courts. Both refer generally to money paid to release a defendant from custody while his or her case is pending. If the Defendant complies with everything the Court asks while the case is pending (in large part, that means if he or she shows up to Court when required and stays out of trouble), then at the end of the case, the money is returned to the person who paid it. However, if while out of custody the Defendant violates the conditions of … Continue reading “What Recourse Do I Have If A Kentucky Judge Sets Bail Too High? Is There A Way To Lower The Bail Amount In Kentucky?”

During Police Interviews In Kentucky, Can A Witness’s Statements Against Me Be Used In Court?

Posted February 24th, 2012, by Dan Carman

These statements can be used. Typically, however, the witnesses would have to testify in person in court, and you would have the right to confront them and ask them your own questions. If you (or a loved one) have been arrested in Kentucky or in the Lexington area in particular, call my office at (859) 685-1055 for a free consultation. Our lawyers specialize in helping defendants fight back on assault charges, misdemeanors, domestic violence, property crimes, drug charges and more, call today.

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