Louisville Magazine "Top Lawyers" 2012
Former Jefferson District Judge
Fraternal Order of Police: Prosecutor of the Year
Author of the Kentucky Prosecutor's DUI Jury Trial Manual
Experience, Skill And Dedication
Few lawyers have served as a prosecutor, judge and defense attorney. Benham Sims has more than 20 years of experience in Kentucky courts. He has represented, prosecuted, and presided thousands of cases. He has also won state awards as a prosecutor, authored prosecutor and defense attorney trial manuals, and regularly serve as an instructor to police agencies and his fellow members of the bar.
If you have been charged with a crime or your family member was arrested, call my law office at 502-589-6190 or my cell phone at 502-648-1759, or email me to arrange a free consultation.
Time is of the essence when dealing with a criminal charge. The sooner you have legal counsel, the sooner your rights are protected.
KENTUCKY SUPREME COURT RULES LAWYERS MAY NOT CONTACT JUDGES ABOUT ARREST OR BONDS
The Kentucky Supreme Court announced in September, 2012 that defense attorneys may no longer call a Judge and request that a Judge review a bond. In the case of Commonwealth v. Michael Wilson, the Supreme Court specifically prohibits all lawyers from calling Judges without the prosecutor participating in the phone call with the Court. Unfortunately, the Prosecutor's office has yet to address this issue and make prosecutors available to conference call a Judge. We are attempting to encourage the County Attorney to work with the Court and bar in the development of a protocol for conference calling a prosecutor and a judge.
As a result of this ruling, it is more important then ever to secure as much information about the person who is arrested. Typically, I ask my clients to advise:
- What is their criminal history?
- Where do they work?
- How long have they work in their current position?
- What is their job?
- What contacts do they have with our community?
My goal is to educate the Judge that my client is not a risk to the community nor a flight risk. My client will return to court.
I want to be able to explain why my client is not a risk to reoffend and are not a risk to themselves or the community.
If the defendant has a bad record, a record of not appearing in court, or the charge is significant, I will need to know how much the family or friends can post as a bond.
Benham J. Sims, III
Jefferson County Defense Attorney: DUI, Drugs, Theft, Assault And Other Charges
It is rare to find a practicing attorney who has served as a judge, trial prosecutor, defense attorney, author, seminar instructor, special prosecutor and special public defender. Over the past two decades, I have held many roles within Kentucky's criminal justice system and in the community. Today, my clients benefit from the unique perspective I have gained throughout my life and work experiences. To learn more, please visit my attorney profile page.
Personal Injury Practice
I also represent clients who have suffered an injury due to negligence. Contact me for representation in any personal injury matter, including a car accident injury, medical malpractice injury or wrongful death.
I strive to make myself available to my clients at all times. Call my office at 502-589-6190 or my cell phone at 502-648-1759, or email me to schedule a free initial consultation.