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Philadelphia: Where the One-Eyed Man is King

Jamison Koehler Law Practice

My wife does not read this blog.  I understand.  She’s busy.  Friends or family will tell her they enjoyed something they read on the blog and she will smile and thank them, but she really has no clue what they are talking about. I showed her my website when it first went up last fall.  Yes, dear, it looks very …

Jefferson Memorial

Felony-Murder and the Case of Annie Le

Jamison Koehler Other Criminal Offenses

A loyal reader (okay, it’s my brother-in-law George) has asked me to explain the difference between murder and felony-murder.  George learned of the distinction while reading about yesterday’s not guilty plea in the Yale graduate student murder case.  For those of you who are not familiar with the case, Raymond Clark III was charged last week in connection the murder …

U.S. Capitol building

The “Jury Trial Tax”: The Penalty for Insisting on a Jury Trial

Jamison Koehler Criminal Procedure, Law Practice

It is a sad but well-known fact among criminal defense lawyers in many jurisdictions that if you insist on a jury trial and lose, you will get a stiffer penalty than if you lose the same case in front of a judge.  That’s right:  Same facts.  Same verdict.  Different sentence. This is a variation of the so-called “trial tax,” which …

Jefferson Memorial

The Challenges Of Being A Solo Practitioner

Jamison Koehler Law Marketing/Networking, Law Practice

I was sorry to learn this morning that one of my favorite legal bloggers – Michael McLees of Fast Texas Divorce – has decided to discontinue his blog. Writes McLees on a recent entry:  “I’m just not sure that [the blog] contributes anything to my practice and since the novelty has worn off, it just isn’t fun anymore.”  McLees also …

The Koehler Law Logo

Jamison Koehler Law Marketing/Networking, Law Practice

There are many things you need to do when setting up your own law firm, from securing business licenses, malpractice insurance and bank accounts to buying furniture, legal research materials, and computer software and equipment.  Of all the tasks involved, selecting a logo for my new firm was by far the most enjoyable task.  That’s one of the perks of …

Choosing the Koehler Law Motto

Jamison Koehler Law Marketing/Networking

During my first year in law school, I heard a Latin phrase that immediately resonated with me:  Fiat Justitia Caellum, which is roughly translated into English as “Let Justice Rule, Though the Heavens May Fall.”  On starting my own law practice, I immediately thought of that phrase as the potential slogan/motto/tagline for my new firm. I tested the phrase on …

American flag

My Personal Philosophy on Criminal Defense

Jamison Koehler Law Practice

On a Person Being Arrested Be polite, calm, and respectful. Do not say anything. If the officer asks you any questions, calmly reply that you will not say anything without your lawyer present. Then call your lawyer at the first opportunity. Remember that police officers are professionals. You may not have any experience being arrested; they have lots of experience …