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J. Clark Baird:  Louisville Kentucky Federal Criminal Attorney For You

Kentucky Federal Criminal Defense Attorney J. Clark Baird

Kentucky Federal Criminal Attorney J. Clark Baird

Attorney J. Clark Baird’s office is located in Louisville, Kentucky, however our criminal defense practice spans the nation as we have practiced in fifteen different federal district courts across the country. Louisville Kentucky federal criminal attorney J. Clark Baird, established his law practice with one simple goal in mind: provide outstanding criminal defense to our clients. Every single client should expect dependable advice, aggressive representation, and one-on-one attention by a lawyer who actually cares about the outcome of their case.

Clark grew up in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky in the heart of ‘coal country’. Clark’s family still lives in Muhlenberg County today where his father’s law office has been located by the Muhlenberg County Courthouse for over thirty years.

Avvo-LogoWith his rural upbringing, Mr. Baird consciously extends his law practice to counties across the state of Kentucky as well as other rural states and areas, because he understands people in small towns have serious legal problems that need an experienced Kentucky federal criminal defense attorney.  The federal government doesn’t care if a defendant is located in a small town or a major metropolis:  no matter what your circumstances, if you are facing the federal government, you need to contact federal criminal attorney J. Clark Baird.

When the government decides to investigate or bring charges, the person or organization under investigation needs a strong advocate. Louisville Kentucky federal criminal attorney J. Clark Baird understands not only the law and the need to vigorously defend, his experience has also taught him about the emotional toll suffered by the person and their family when a potential or actual criminal case is started. Attorney Baird believes that defending a person against an investigation or accusation requires both strength and compassion.

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Federal Criminal Defense Customized for You

Cases involving federal or international charges are complex, often involving multiple charges and several jurisdictions. Attorney Baird recognizes that each case is unique, and uses his thorough knowledge and extensive experience to build the strongest possible argument for each client. Ideally, clients will come to our firm as soon as they believe they are under investigation — Attorney Baird may be able to have the charges dropped or minimized, and can guide clients through the grand jury proceedings. When his advice is sought at later stages, he can assist with appeals or help clients recover seized assets.

It is important to make sure that the attorney you hire has the experience to handle your case and the commitment to go to trial when necessary. J. Clark Baird is an experienced federal criminal defense attorney who has been representing clients in a variety of legal areas throughout his legal career. His mission is to provide his clients with exceptional legal services while obtaining the results they deserve. Contact J. Clark Baird , a Louisville Kentucky federal criminal attorney today at (502) 797-4625 or by email at clark@jclarkbaird.com and see how he can help you with your legal concerns.

High Level Federal Criminal Representation

In my experience, the best time to influence the outcome of a case often is before it is filed. Generally, except in minor cases in which the alleged criminal conduct occurred directly in front of a law enforcement agent, there is a period of time during which the government conducts investigation and/or analyzes the facts before a decision is made to charge a person with a crime. This time period, which can be long or short depending upon all of the circumstances, presents an opportunity for an experienced criminal defense attorney to make a difference in whether, and if so, what charges are filed.

In federal court, the Constitution requires that felony crimes must be charged by a grand jury unless the defendant waives the right. The grand jury consists of 16-23 citizens, who must decide if there is probable cause to charge a suspect with a crime. In addition to serving this charging function, the grand jury also plays an investigative function. Federal criminal defense attorneys and suspects are not permitted to attend grand jury proceedings and the record of the proceedings is secret.

A target letter or a subject letter is a letter from a federal prosecutor to an individual advising that person that he or she is the target or a subject of a federal investigation. Usually the letter will advise the individual of the nature of the charges under investigation. As stated in the United States Attorneys Criminal Resource Manual:

It is the policy of the Department of Justice to advise a grand jury witness of his or her rights if such witness is a “target” or “subject” of a grand jury investigation. See the Criminal Resource Manual at 160 for a sample target letter.

A “target” is a person as to whom the prosecutor or the grand jury has substantial evidence linking him or her to the commission of a crime and who, in the judgment of the prosecutor, is a putative defendant. An officer or employee of an organization which is a target is not automatically considered a target even if such officer’s or employee’s conduct contributed to the commission of the crime by the target organization. The same lack of automatic target status holds true for organizations which employ, or employed, an officer or employee who is a target.

A “subject” of an investigation is a person whose conduct is within the scope of the grand jury’s investigation.

Witnesses who are subpoenaed to testify at a federal grand jury hearing may retain counsel to represent them for the hearing, but counsel will not be permitted to enter the grand jury room during the testimony. The witness may ask to be excused from the hearing to confer with counsel about the subject matter of the questions as well as about asserting any rights or privileges. Grand jury proceedings are secret. Typically, targets are not subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury.

Witnesses who are subpoenaed to state special inquiry proceedings may have counsel present with them in court during their testimony. Counsel is present only to advise the witness of rights or privileges he may wish to assert in response to questions from the prosecutor. Counsel may not discuss with the client the subject matter of the questions asked. The proceedings are secret and neither the witness nor the attorney may discuss the proceedings with third parties.

Witnesses who have concerns about incriminating themselves during testimony may refuse to answer questions by asserting the constitutional privilege against self-incrimination.

Louisville Kentucky federal criminal attorney J. Clark Baird has experience leading clients though grand jury investigations of which they are targets or subjects. He also has experience guiding non-target and non-subject witnesses through grand jury investigations and corporate employees and executives through internal audits and investigations. Even in cases in which a grand jury or a special inquiry proceeding has not been convened, he has substantial experience in conducting pre-filing investigation and presenting the results of such investigations to prosecutors in an effort to influence their filing decisions.

My Professional Philosophy

Any case presents a constellation of factual, legal, and human problems that are best solved through hard work and creativity. In every case, I set high standards for myself, and I work very hard to meet them to solve the problems my clients face. I know of no better way to win a trial or an appeal, or to obtain a lenient sentence or a beneficial plea bargain or settlement offer, than through sustained and focused effort, exacting and thorough investigation and preparation, and the inspiration and creativity that follow.

Sometimes literally and sometimes figuratively, the lives of my clients are in my hands, and thus I begin each case with a rational and respectful concern, based on my understanding of what can happen, or has already happened, to the particular client. Viewing each case as unique, and each client as a unique human being, I help my clients set the right personal goals for the case. I work hard to master the law and facts of each case and to plot an intelligent course of action focused on the client’s goals. In this way, my rational concern is turned into resolve and confidence based on knowledge and preparation.

Handling a trial or appeal or even plea bargaining is not an exercise in improvisational spontaneity. I do not wing it. My overriding philosophy is that the more work and preparation I do – that is, the more I investigate; perform legal research; learn about my client; litigate pretrial motions; and draft and refine witness examination outlines, opening statements, closing arguments, or appellate briefs – the more likely I will achieve my client’s goals for the case.

In the end, the unifying idea for my practice is simple: Work hard and then work harder and keep doing it again and again until persistence and creativity produce justice for my clients.

J. Clark Baird

A Louisville Kentucky Federal Criminal Attorney

KENTUCKY STATE CRIMINAL DEFENSE

Louisville Kentucky federal criminal attorney J. Clark Baird is a well-known trial lawyer who also practices criminal defense across the Commonwealth in state court.  Attorney Baird practices in state court in counties in the Louisville area such as: Shelby County, Bullitt County, Meade County, Oldham County, Hardin County, Hart County, Marion County, Spencer, Henry County, and Breckenridge County.  Mr. Baird also practices out of his Western Kentucky offices in counties in the western part of the state:  Ohio County, Butler County, Muhlenberg County, Logan County, Todd County, Warren County, Daviess County, Henderson County, McCracken County, Grayson County, Christian County, Hopkins County, etc.  Attorney Baird also has extensive experience practicing in Central and Eastern Kentucky counties:  Jessamine County, Fayette County, Scott County, Clark County, Woodford County, Franklin County, Bourbon County, Harrison County, Madison County, Pike County, Johnson County, Floyd County, Clay County, Laurel County, Jackson County, Rowan County, etc.  And J. Clark Baird practices criminal defense in Northern Kentucky:  Kenton County, Boone County, Gallatin County, Campbell County, Carroll County, Trimble County, Owen County, Grant County, etc.  Finally Attorney Baird has practiced criminal defense in Southern Kentucky counties:  Allen County, Barren County, Adair County, Pulaski County, etc.

If you don’t trust a local lawyer in your town, contact us.  If you want a lawyer with extensive experience in high level criminal defense practicing across the courts of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, then contact J. Clark Baird criminal defense attorney.

What is a State Crime?

The Constitution of the United States allows states to govern themselves by creating specific statutes that define and prohibit criminal behavior. A state crime is any activity or omission that violates the legislation passed by the state.  State crimes can include felonies and misdemeanors of different kinds, as well as other offenses.  The devastation that comes from being charged with or investigated for a state offense can be overwhelming.  In addition to long-term consequences, people may find themselves faced with the loss of employment and reputation, as well as the effects it may have on their family.   Although the severity of the penalties for state crimes tend to be less than those of federal crimes, facing state charges may result in lengthy prison sentences; sometimes at a minimum of five, ten, fifteen, or twenty-five years depending on the severity of the offense.

If you or anyone you know is being investigated for or charged with a state crime, it is imperative that you contact an attorney who knows the local and state laws, and the various repercussions of the charges brought upon you.  Brent Mayr, a Texas Board Certified attorney and former prosecutor, has unparalleled experience in state courts and can put his experience to work in your favor.  Contact J. Clark Baird today at (502) 583-3388 or contact us at clark@jclarkbaird.com or after hours & weekends, 24/7 at (502) 797-4625!

What is the difference between a state and a federal crime?
It is not enough to differentiate state and federal crimes by saying that state crimes violate state legislation and federal crimes are concerned with the nation’s welfare.  Most times, state offenses may overstep the state’s territory and become a federal offense.  The Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution states that federal law trumps state law; therefore, any state law contradicting federal law will be considered “unconstitutional,” and any state case will be taken over by federal courts if it jeopardizes the safety and economy at the national level. For example, although prostitution is prosecuted at state courts, if the individuals have trespassed another state’s border, it will become a federal issue.  Also, the penalties concerned with federal offenses tend to be significantly stiffer than those given in state courts.

Common State Crimes
It is the responsibility of every state to develop law that outlines a standard for civil behavior, and defines and condemns criminal offenses.  Some of the most common state crimes include but are not limited to:

  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Criminally Negligent Homicide
  • Theft and Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Assault
  • Drug Possession and Drug Distribution
  • Driving While Intoxicated
  • Intoxication Manslaughter
  • Intoxication Assault

Louisville Kentucky criminal attorney J. Clark Baird represents clients in all those cases and more.

Top Notch Criminal Defense in Kentucky
Being investigated and facing charges for a state offense may jeopardize your future, your career, and the prestige of your family.  Attorney J. Clark Baird has years of experience as a Louisville Kentucky federal criminal attorney, helping individuals across the entire state of Kentucky in both state and federal courts.  Not only does Attorney Baird provide you with competent advice and representation; he understands the devastation that a difficult time like this may bring upon you and your family.

If you or a loved one has been charged or accused of a state offense, contact federal criminal attorney J. Clark Baird to see how he can help guide you through this difficult time. Contact Attorney J. Clark Baird today at (502) 583-3388 or contact us at clark@jclarkbaird.com or after hours & weekends, 24/7 at (502) 797-4625!

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DO NOT TALK TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENTS OR ALLOW THEM TO SEARCH!  EXERCISE YOUR SIXTH AMENDMENT RIGHT TO COUNSEL AND DEMAND TO SPEAK TO YOUR LAWYER!!  Contact Louisville Kentucky federal criminal attorney J. Clark Baird immediately for assistance:  (502) 583-3388 or clark@jclarkbaird.com or After Hours 24/7 at (502) 797-4625!

J. Clark Baird understands the importance of  lawyer/client communications.  Therefore we use secure emails, secure text messaging and secure phone calls to completely insure that your communications with our office are confidential.  If you have a concern about this issue, please let us know immediately when you contact us so we can proceed with secure communications!!!

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