Attorney and Client, Passing In The Night

One of the major complaints clients had when I worked as a public defender was that, because the lawyers were shuffled around so much, the lawyer who ended up representing them at trial probably couldn’t have picked them… Read More

Flat Fees Versus Hourly Rates In A Criminal Case

There is no good way to charge for legal services, I am persuaded. Clients come in need. They are afraid and angry. They want a hero, a savior, a warrior. You offer them what you can. Most often… Read More

Six Months Into A Solo Criminal Law Practice

Mark Bennett and Brian Tannebaum both announced last week that they have been practicing criminal law for 15 years.  While I have nowhere close to this level of experience, I recently celebrated an anniversary of my own. As… Read More

Unlawful Entry, Bench Warrants and the Dilemma of a Foreign Defendant

My client is in town on a business trip.  He goes out to dinner with some colleagues and, even though he is not accustomed to alcohol, he has a few drinks. The next thing he remembers is waking… Read More

Why Do My Favorite Cops Always Turn Out To Be Crooked?

CPO without admission in D.C.

I am walking with my kids at the Reading Terminal, an eatery just a couple of blocks from the courthouse in Philadelphia, when we come across a group of narcotics officers sitting in the eating area.  We have… Read More

Starting Your Own Law Practice is a Leap of Faith

In another lifetime, I wrote short stories. Five or six of these stories eventually found their way into obscure literary journals, with one or two still floating around somewhere on the Internet.  The largest circulation of any of… Read More

On Michael Malone and the Jeffrey MacDonald Case

I have written a number of posts over the last couple of months about the Donald E. Gates case. As you will recall, Gates was convicted of a crime he did not commit and initially spent 16 years… Read More

On the Effectiveness of Public Defenders, Court-Appointed Lawyers, and Privately Retained Counsel

  Clients often don’t seem to understand the difference between public defenders, court-appointed lawyers, and privately retained counsel.  Who is your current lawyer, you ask the potential  client.  I don’t know, he says.  I think he is a… Read More

Koehler Law Extends Criminal Practice Into Northern Virginia

I woke up this morning to find out that I passed the February 2010 bar for Virginia.  Thank you to the readers here who first alerted me. Congratulations to those of you who said you also passed. I… Read More

The Defendant Has Left The Building

Whenever a judge dismisses a case for lack of prosecution, the best advice to a client is not to stand there celebrating.  It is to get out of the courtroom and out of the courthouse as quickly as… Read More