Chris Joseph and his colleagues on the defense bar noticed a dramatic uptick in grand jury indictments in Shawnee County—often on the eve of a preliminary hearing where a probable cause determination would have been made in open court, rather than in a closed grand jury proceeding. The practice of securing indictments using a grand…

Law enforcement officials call it a tool, but critics call it highway robbery. Its real name is civil asset forfeiture – it’s how a traffic stop could end with someone losing their life’s savings. Attorney Chris Joseph is on the other side of the issue. He’s working to reform that law. Unlike criminal asset forfeiture,…

A defendant is entitled to present alternate theories of defense at trial. And the jury must receive each instruction supported by the evidence—regardless of which party presents that evidence. In State v. Lindemuth, Christopher Joseph and Carrie Parker’s application of this law resulted in a reversed conviction for their client. The case began in 2015,…

In 2011, under circumstances that did not afford him a fair trial, Christopher Waisner was convicted of several off-grid sex crimes and sentenced to serve multiple life prison terms. It was a “he said, she said” case that significantly depended on the credibility of the complaining witness. At trial, the State’s expert witnesses improperly vouched…

Each new year, we celebrate the opportunity to wipe the slate clean and begin again. This new year, the criminal defense attorneys at Joseph, Hollander & Craft are celebrating a client’s opportunity to do just that. Thanks to Christopher Joseph’s appellate advocacy, his client’s 10-year sentence has been vacated, and she has the opportunity to…

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