"The United States is the world’s leader in incarceration. There are 2.2 million people in the nation’s prisons and jails — a 500% increase over the last 40 years. Changes in law and policy, not changes in crime rates, explain most of this increase. The results are overcrowding in prisons and fiscal burdens on states, despite increasing evidence that large-scale incarceration is not an effective means of achieving public safety." - Criminal Justice Facts by The Sentencing Project.
Maggie Jo began her legal career at the Fourth Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville, Florida prosecuting misdemeanors and felonies while gaining litigation and plea negotiation experience from the prosecution's perspective (2005- 2007). After opening her own law office in 2008, Maggie Jo assisted criminal and traffic case clients in a private capacity but also maintained a caseload of criminal defense matters as appointed counsel for the indigent accused in Duval, Nassau and Clay Counties through 2012. Maggie Jo served Florida's 10th Judicial Circuit Public Defender as an Assistant Appellate Public Defender from 2013 to 2014 before resuming solo private practice. (Appellate Portfolio Available)
Maggie Jo has worked on Florida criminal law matters since 2005, achieving trial successes as prosecutor and defender, and otherwise resolving cases with plea bargains satisfactory to her clients. She returned to her home-state of Kentucky to seek additional bar licensing in 2015. Since acquiring her Kentucky Bar License in 2016, Maggie Jo has been fortunate to find additional success in criminal law matters. In March of 2019, Maggie Jo assisted in a Grayson County self-defense Murder case, achieving a reduced Reckless Homicide verdict. In September of 2019, Maggie Jo co-counseled a Bullitt County sexual assault matter where the client was acquitted (found "not guilty") of all eight major felony charges alleged by the Commonwealth. In her first criminal defense trial in 2008, Maggie Jo helped to acquit a physician wrongfully accused of attempted murder in Jacksonville, Florida. All cases vary and results are not typical - but Maggie Jo will give voice to her client's perspective. Regardless of your circumstances, Maggie Jo's "Client First" focus and range of experience can help create an understandable road map to navigate complex (or simple) criminal cases.
Trials are rare and very risky in most criminal defense matters - trial is discouraged in most circumstances. Most often, cases are settled, with a plea offer, after proper discovery procedures are fulfilled and a defendant has ample opportunity to discuss options with an attorney. Without an attorney on your side, the government prosecuctors may not adequately consider mitigating information, defense evidence, scientific or medical evaluations or other important factors that may reduce penalties or bring about a case dismissal. In any criminal matter it is very important to get experienced legal representation to help you maneuver the legalities if you are criminally charged, arrested, indicted or otherwise in jeopardy. Remember:
Get a lawyer as soon as you are charged or otherwise find yourself in jeopardy of criminal charges. Time is of the essence; plea offers expire and appeals are hard to win. Ask for the immediate appointment of an attorney if you cannot afford one.
You have the RIGHT to remain silent when interviewed by police, but that right is only effective if you actually SHUT-UP. Statements to law enforcement (and others) can and will be used against you in a criminal prosecution. Unsolicited statements, recorded jail calls, inmate conversations, cell phone communications and polygraph examinations seldom help a defendant.
You have fewer rights in a car than in your home and you have fewer rights on a cell phone than a landline. Avoid evidence against you by not creating it in the first place.
Stay calm, comply with the law, don't flee, don't drive without a license...Do not ignore a warrant, Do not evade your taxes, Do not drink and drive, Keep your hands to yourself and don't steal... but if you find yourself in trouble, get a lawyer immediately and never forget to SHUT-UP (invoke your right to silence).
Maggie Jo brings a broad range of multi--state and federal criminal legal expertise and negotiation skills to her work. She has successfully bargained for reduced charges to prosecutors and judges because she considers all aspects of her clients' lives and the factors leading to charges. She has defended people charged with non-violent and violent felonies and misdemeanors, in Kentucky and Florida courts. Maggie Jo understands both sides of a case (from defense and prosecution perspectives), and is unafraid to take the facts to trial when necessary to fight for her client's liberty.
Maggie Jo represents Florida and Kentucky clients charged with criminal offenses currently, those seeking to appeal a recent conviction, or clients seeking to correct/seal/expunge their criminal records involving charges of:
Domestic, Simple, Felony or other Assault Crimes (including aggravated assault, stalking, technology-related and other personal crimes);
Battery (including aggravated and/or felony battery, domestic and simple misdemeanor battery);
Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest, Fleeing the Scene, Fleeing Arrest, Escape;
Pre-trial Release Condition(s), Probation or Parole Violations and Contempt of Court;
Criminal Mischief, Property Damage, Burglary, Robbery, Trespassing, Theft (including felony, grand, misdemeanor, public assistance/transportation fraud or theft);
Abuse of Another (child, elder, spouse) or Causing the Death of Another (Homicide, Felony Murder, Reckless Homicide, Vehicular Homicide, Negligent Homicide, etc.);
Conspiracy and Co-Defendant Representation;
Drug Possession, Manufacture, Sale, Trafficking, Cultivation, etc.;
Murder, Kidnapping, Sex Crimes and High Publicity cases;
Traffic Offenses of a Civil or Criminal Nature; Driving on a Suspended License, Speeding, Moving Violations, Failure to Yield, Seatbelt Violations, Open Container charges, etc.;
Tax Evasion or Fraud, RICO, Antitrust and "White Collar" Crimes;
Arson, Insurance or Bank Fraud, Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security/Public Assistance Fraud;
Drug and Alcohol Crimes including Driving Under the Influence (DUI), DUI Homicide, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment, Leaving the Scene of An Accident, DUI Alleging Drug Intoxication, Marijuana and Prescription-Use DUI allegations, possession of alcohol or drugs, public intoxication, disorderly intoxication, etc.);
Weapons Violations and "Stand Your Ground" Defense matters.
Criminal charges can immediately impact your liberty, reputation and economic security. The best free advice is: Get an attorney as soon as you encounter a criminal law matter.
Maggie Jo Offers Free Case Reviews and her Online Confidential Consultation Forms are available 24/7 at this link: https://www.maggiejo.com/consultationforms
Maggie Jo is an experienced transactions, trial and appellate attorney, licensed in Kentucky & Florida with offices in Louisville, KY & Trinity, FL. Maggie Jo has been first and second-chair trial counsel in state and federal criminal and civil courts. As a former Assistant State Attorney (Florida 2006) and Assistant Appellate Public Defender (Florida 2013), she has worked on both sides of the courtroom to find justice as a government employee. For the bulk of her career, Maggie Jo has owned and operated a solo legal practice since 2008, providing legal counsel in civil and criminal cases to individuals and families, businesses and public officials.
For criminal law clients at the The Law Office of Maggie Jo Hilliard, cases are accepted on a flat-rate or hourly fee schedule determined after consultation and analyzing a potential case. It is unethical/illegal for an attorney to undertake criminal or family law matters on a "contingency fee" basis (like personal injury matters) however payment for legal services may be offered at scaled rates depending on your individual circumstances.
Maggie Jo is licensed in two states, and represents criminal law clients in Florida and Kentucky only. Cases vary, results vary, and no lawyer may ethically guarantee an outcome. The judge, police, witnesses, victims and the government have constitutional roles and rights, and often analyze laws and evidence from a prosecutor's perspective. Maggie Jo may also have individual objections to undertaking cases of extreme conduct or conduct involving animals or children. However, Maggie Jo can provide referral and research assistance in locating a qualified referral or co-counsel attorney while upholding a potential client's rights to privileged and confidential legal communications.
Cases may require the assistance of co-counsel or referral to another firm in order to best serve client needs. Maggie Jo enjoys working in tandem with co-counsel and referral sources to assure clients' best interests are accommodated. When submitting a consultation form for review, you will be asked for consent to discuss your case in a confidential and privileged manner with potential co-counsel or referral sources, if necessary. If you wish to discuss your case with only Maggie Jo, your wishes will be honored.
MAGGIE JO HILLIARD | LEGAL + CREATIVE SERVICES
FLORIDA OFFICE: 2049 Welbilt Boulevard, Trinity, Florida 34655
KENTUCKY OFFICE: 312 South Fourth Street, Suite 700, Louisville, Kentucky 40202
Mail: Post Office Box 8001, Louisville, Kentucky 40257