"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.