Practice Area: Criminal defense
Outcome: Significantly Reduced Charges
Description: J.H.H. was accused of the brutal beating death of a man suspected of having molested J.H.H.'s children. The victim was transported to a hospital, examined, and released. He later died. Through medical evidence and the use of a private defense medical examiner, Mr. Steakley was able to cast doubt on the cause of death. This reasonable doubt as to the cause of death resulted in a successful plea negotiation to a reduced charge that J.H.H. was willing to accept, avoiding a potential life sentence.