Innocent or Guilty: Dr. John Patrick Keefe II Contends That All Criminal Defendants Deserve The Presumption of Innocence and the benefit of the Doubt

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Intro:

In the United States of America the criminal justice system is often weighted far too heavily in favour of the prosecution. City, state and federal prosecutors alike have access to substantial resources that many criminal defendants simply do not have, such as the ability to afford a bail bond and a private attorney. Thus, many people accuses of a crime end up with far harsher sentences than other people do, and many innocent people also go to jail or are even cruelly and unjustly put to death. Dr. John Patrick Keefe II contends that there are several factors which affect the presumption of the innocence that society is supposed to afford to all people . . .

Race:

In the criminal justice system in America and elsewhere, Dr. John Keefe II contends that whites fare much better on average than their non-white counterparts. Caucasians often receive lighter sentences This is attributed to negrophobia, an irrational fear of blacks, which the media often unfairly perpetuates and a minority of African Americans and other racial minorities sometimes substantiate.

Blacks, Native Americans and Hispanics often look less like white people do, due to the colour of their skin. The more different a criminal defendant looks from those sitting on the judge’s bench or on a jury, the less likely it is that he or she will successfully secure an acquittal. Why? It is because the jury and judge, in most cases, have to both believe that the criminal defendant is innocent and be able to identify with the defendant. The more that a judge or jury personally identifies with the criminal defendant, the more likely it is that they will vote not guilty. Unfortunately, this same concept of identification holds true not only for criminal defendants but also for those seeking jobs, housing, and in just about every other area of life.

Asians, notes Dr. John Patrick Keefe, often fare as well or only slightly less well than whites, due to their often lighter skin colour and perception of being smart and hardworking. Asians in countries like China and Japan do indeed tend to work harder than many in the American culture, and the value many of them place on money and education makes some whites identify with them easier than they do with African Americans and Hispanics, even though quite a few African Americans and Hispanics work very hard!

Age:

While money and race tend to matter much more, John Keefe II notes that American society still tends to sometimes afford some leniency toward criminal defendants who are super young or very old. Younger individuals are often viewed as less experienced and less “set in their ways” per se. Many times American society does not generally judge them as harshly as some who is older that should “know better.”

On this same note, Dr. John Patrick Keefe II also contends that sometimes society treats the elderly in the same manner. Who wants to send a cute little old grandma to jail for the rest of her life? Granted, if grandma brutally murders someone they just might do so, but in general the elderly sometimes catch a break or two.

Socioeconomic Status:

Dr. John Patrick Keefe II also notes that the criminal justice system also unfairly favours the financially wealthy. Criminal defendants who can afford to make bail and hire an excellent attorney will usually fare much better in the criminal justice system. Public defenders simply do not have the time nor the resources to devote to trying a case like a private attorney can, and the old saying, “Get the best justice you can afford” certainly applies.

Religion:

Dr. John Keefe II notes that if it is known that a person is Christian in a predominantly Muslim community, or if the person is Muslim or Hindu or Jewish and the judge and/or jury know about it, that this can also come in as believability and identification factors in criminal trials. A person’s religion or lack thereof is a bit more difficult to know about unless there is some obvious attire, beard, or unless the person makes it known to others. However, some people feel very strongly about individuals of other faiths and even atheists and agnostics, sometimes regarding them as “heathens” who are already condemned to some sort of “Hell” in the so-called “afterlife.”

Lesbians/Gays/Bisexuals/Transgenders/Queers:

The LGBTQ community has long faced quite a bit of discrimination in many areas of life, and Dr. John Patrick Keefe II notes that the legal arena is no exception. If it is apparent that a criminal defendant is LGBTQ, then he or she may possibly face much discrimination in the legal arena if someone chooses to discriminate against him or her. Of course, if someone who is also LGBTQ is on a jury or serves as a judge, then perhaps it can help the criminal defendant.

Fame:

Famous individuals sometimes also catch a break. Who does not remember the famous murder trial of an African American man named Orenthal (OJ) Simpson in the early-mid 1990s? Many people did not want to send “The Juice” off to prison, and some people would contend that his fame as a football star and relatively handsome looks led the all-black jury to help acquit him. Of course, an all-white jury convicted him on a lower legal standard a bit later in a civil trial. At any rate, Dr. John Patrick Keefe II still notes sometimes fame can work in a criminal defendant’s favour . . .

Gender:

Females tend to fare far better than males in the criminal justice system. Of course, this is not always the case, but people tend to be more lenient with girls than with guys. Some people feel bad about giving a female an especially harsh sentence, but John Patrick Keefe II notes that many of those same people would have no problem handing that down to a male accused of the same crime.

Previous Criminal Record:

For criminal defendants with a criminal record, they usually fare worse than those with none. The penalties for criminal defendants with often face stiffer criminal penalties and are less likely to have a judge or jury believe them, says John Keefe II. The cleaner the criminal record you have, the better off a criminal defendant generally is.

Criminal Justice, Law, Legal, Attorneys in OklahomaPolitical Connections:

Dr. John Patrick Keefe II has always stated that criminal defendants who find themselves politically connected often get better treatment in the judicial system. If a defendant is good friends with a judge, prosecutor, or if he or she is owed a political favour or can get access to one, then the chances of getting the charge dropped, reduced, or at least a reduced sentence greatly increase. Judges and prosecutors who are friends with criminal defendants are supposed to recuse themselves, but this does not always happen.

Sometimes charges are politically-motivated though, so political connections do not always help criminal defendants. Dr. John Patrick Keefe of Oklahoma notes how politically-motivated, trumped-up charges can also take place on otherwise innocent people or people who would never have been treated so harshly. Some industries (i.e., bail bonds, elected official, etc.), are cutthroat and will happily knife another person in the back “just because.”

Conclusion:

There are many instances where a multitude of factors can affect a criminal defendant’s chances of justice in American jurisprudence. No one factor affects every aspect of a trial. Many people who are certainly innocent go to jail, just as do those who are guilty. Judges and especially juries can sometimes prove to be extremely unpredictable, as they are only made up of humans.

The important thing to keep in mind, states John Keefe of Oklahoma, is that everyone deserves the presumption of innocence and the benefit of the doubt. Everyone should always be regarded as innocent unless and until proven guilty. Our jails are also filled with many innocent individuals who have found themselves wrongfully convicted and perhaps even sentenced to death. Pre-judging others can prove to be especially harmful and damaging to them, whether they are guilty or innocent.

How to Serve Your Son or Daughter Court Documents

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Process ServerThis is a such a sensitive topic for some people, and for good reason. It’s one thing to have to serve strangers with court papers, but your own child? That’s a whole new ballgame. However, these things sometimes need to be done. Just because a person may be your immediate relation doesn’t give them the right to con you out of money or other materials.

Before you reach out to a process server like Dr. John Patrick Keefe II, consider talking with your adult child first. Perhaps there is a reason he or she hasn’t paid the money that they owe you, and maybe an agreement can be reached. You’ll never know until you try.

Maybe you have already tried speaking with your son or daughter about their delinquency, and they’ve made empty promises to you. Now, that, my friend, is a problem. That is the moment when you have to make a decision whether to have them served with court papers or to forget the whole discrepancy.

Process ServerMost people aren’t made of money, so forgetting about the debt often is not an option. Nobody wants to serve their son or daughter with court papers, but at times, it must be done to preserve your own livelihood. John Keefe, a process server in OKC, understands the urgency of your dilemma and is here to help you.

Like you, John Keefe is a parent himself. He knows how hard it must be to have to go to an extreme measure like serving your own flesh and blood with court papers. However, he also advises that ignoring the problem and allowing your adult child to merely “get away” with not paying their debts will only enable this behavior to continue. Before you know it, your child will be taking advantage of you again.

Process ServerThere are specific ways that a process serve can be handled as to not cause a scene or commotion for you or your adult child. When you hire a mindful process server like Dr. John Patrick Keefe II, you’ll get an empathetic server on your side who is willing to make the entire process go as smoothly as possible.

You can count on your son or daughter being very upset at you for serving them with court papers, but they’ll get over it. They’ll also be learning a valuable lesson in the process: Don’t mess with mom and dad’s money or property. It’s important that he or she learn this lesson as quickly as possible to avoid further legal troubles in the future.

Once all is said and done, your process server will let you know that the papers have been delivered, and they’ll probably give you a synopsis of how it all went down if you ask them. Don’t beat yourself up about having your kid served; you’re doing the right thing. You never know, down the line you and your son or daughter might get a laugh out of this whole ordeal.

“You’ve Been Served.” Should You Say it, Or Save It?

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Process ServerWe’ve all heard this term used in the movies and in television. The scene is always the same. A process server will hand papers to an unsuspected man or woman, and as soon as the documents are exchanged, you hear, “You’ve been served!” Is this occurrence only in the movies, or does it happen in real life, too?

Dr. John Patrick Keefe II, a process server in Oklahoma City, says that it all depends on the mood of the situation. There are times when this phrase is uttered, and there are times when it is not. One popular TV show that consistently uses “You’ve been served,” is “Scandal.” You might hear the phrase spoken at least once per episode.
Check out what a few members of the LinkedIn Process Server Group had to say:

Group member Susan Adams explains, “I usually tell them that they have been served and have 30 days to answer the complaint that is with the summons. If they have to appear on a court date already set, I let them know that if they no show, then they will get a default judgement against them.” Upon further inquiry and concerns that it could upset an individual who is already suspicious, Adams explained her stance. “Keep in mind, I do NOT discuss their papers, I let them know that they ARE court papers and have a clock ticking on it.” She also noted that one of her clients always requests that when serving divorce papers she verbally tells the defendant that they are being served, the dates and that a default judgement will be made in their absence. 

The only time I have ever said “you’ve been served” was when I served a defendant on a commercial plane at the airport in Boston,” member Mark Weisberg explained. He furthered that the only reason he did was that the defendant had bragged to his ex-wife that she would not be able to have him served for contempt because he was living in Europe.

– Mark Weinberg

Rob Grant explained that he tells about 1 in 10 people that they are being served. “Mostly those who have an attitude that is negative, or someone who keeps asking what the document is,” he said.

I always tell them they are being served. Once they are identified and handed the papers they are told that they have been served. If they ask what it is, I tell them I do not know. I just serve them,

said member Troy Houghtaling Sr.

Testimonials courtesy of LinkedIn and http://www.serve-now.com/articles/1277/youve-been-served

Most process servers agree that using the line will rarely do anything good for the situation at hand. The best thing you can do is treat the recipient with respect and courtesy. Just like we’ve been told when we were kids, “Treat others the way that you wish to be treated.” If you follow this golden rule during a process serving job, your experience will go a whole lot smoother.

“Dr. John Patrick Keefe II Examines What Skip Tracing is and Why it’s Important”

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Skip Trace ServicesSometimes people that a process server in OKC is trying hard to locate are super slippery and evasive. A client is demanding immediate results, and time for proper service of court papers is simply running out. Whatever is a process server in Oklahoma City to do? Dr. John Patrick Keefe II contends that this is where skip tracing through an effective skip tracing service can often have plausible results.

According to John Keefe II, a skip trace is where a private investigator in Oklahoma City or a process server in Oklahoma takes pertinent information about individual such as the following . . .

  • Full Legal Name
  • Social Security Number or Last Four Digits
  • Date of Birth or Year of Birth
  • Previous Residential Address of the Person
  • Previous City & State
  • Person’s Email Address
  • Phone Number of the Person
  • Known Websites for the Individual

. . . and runs the information through a special database that is not open to the general public. While it is true that many websites now offer a wide variety of public records online, usually only licensed private investigators, process servers, bail bondsmen, etc., can get access to such sensitive information as social security numbers, dates of birth, etc. Also, people working in these professional fields also tend to get more reliable results for the other information that some sites make available, such as phone numbers and mailing addresses.

According to Dr. John Patrick Keefe II, the type of information usually available online to the general public via paid public records searches can often include, but is not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • Personal Address History
  • Telephone Numbers
  • Email Addresses
  • Neighbors
  • Friends
  • Family Members
  • Criminal History
  • Bankruptcies
  • Civil Cases & Filings
  • Professional Licenses
  • Much, Much More!

Skip traces by a private investigator in OKC, such as those at Oklahoma Judicial Process Servers Dr. John Patrick Keefe II, can often yield helpful and insightful results for both process serving cases and for many matters involving private investigations. However, Dr. John Patrick Keefe is quick to point out that skip tracing cannot be done by professionals for just any reason. Instead, in order for a skip trace in Oklahoma to be performed, there has to be a legally verifiable reason such as a court case. If a private investigator in Oklahoma does it for some other reason, then he or she can get into serious trouble.

With all of the skip tracing services out there, which ones are reputable and which ones are complete junk? Well, John Patrick Keefe II recommends www.TLO.com as one of the better and more reputable skip tracing services, but Dr. John Keefe II of Oklahoma also notes that only licensed private investigators, bail bondsmen, etc., can fully utilize the site that TLO offers. Lexus Nexis is also another praiseworthy site for a process server in OKC or a private investigator in Oklahoma City that needs some good information for legal purposes.

Whatever the legal need, skip tracing services by a licensed private investigator or process server can be an invaluable source for legal professionals all over the world. “Time is money and money is time, and when you need to find someone in a hurry time cannot often wait,” asserts Dr. John Patrick Keefe II. Contact Dr. John Keefe II and the other skip tracing professionals at Oklahoma Judicial Process Servers today at (405) 593-3515 for all of your skip tracing needs in Oklahoma!

5 Tips That Will Help Private Investigators Conduct Surveillance Jobs More Successfully

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Private Investigator Conducting surveillance as a private investigator is an art form. Just ask Dr. John Patrick Keefe II, a private investigator in OKC. Tragically, many of private investigating’s best lessons are learned through trial and error, but that’s okay. These 5 tips will help you hone your private investigating surveillance skills in a variety of different situations.

1. Detailed Intake Sheet.

Gather as much data as you can from the customer in advance. This sounds really clear, yet you’d be astounded. Numerous customers essentially need to give you the subjects name, age, and address and abandon it at that. A nitty gritty admission sheet draws together data well beyond the business standard. Data, for example, regular checkups, treatment arrangements, conjugal status, the number of youngsters, side interests, and so on. This takes into consideration a clearer photo of the subject’s routine and helps you keep away from re-developing the wheel out in the field. This data, together with a pursuit of open and exclusive databases, will spare you time and permit you to give your customer a more practical examination.

2. Is Your Surveillance Vehicle Completely Forgettable?

If not, it ought to be. White, dark, silver, and dim are the most famous hues for autos. Beige and chestnut vehicles have a tendency to be the slightest observable and, of course, get the least tickets. Red, yellow, and custom paint employments make your vehicle excessively observable. While you’re at it, investigate your reconnaissance vehicle and ensure it mixes into your surroundings. No guard stickers, no window stickers, no vanity plates, no debilitated plates, nothing joined to the radio wire, no custom edges, no reseller’s exchange adornments, and no body harm. Your vehicle ought not to be too spotless or excessively messy. The less perceptible your vehicle is, the more effective you will be on reconnaissance. With regards to tint don’t simply get limousine tint on your windows and forget about it. Limousine tint is excessively dull for observation at a young hour in the morning and around evening time. A mix of dull tint, windshield covers, and dark reconnaissance drapes is sufficient to veil your nearness. Ensure you follow your states tint laws.

3. Pre-Surveillance Check.

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Very few organizations direct a pre-observation check since they’re more worried about their money than giving quality work. With a pre-observation check, the agent drives by the subjects living arrangement in the daytime the day preceding what might ordinarily be an early morning reconnaissance. This permits the examiner to watch the right address in light hours, watch what vehicles are available, find a reasonable zone to set up and stop, search for potential issues, and scout ahead for likely exits. It’s the initial phase in a more effective observation.

4. What Time Do I Start?

Ordinarily it’s best to be set up for a specialist’s comp or obligation observation by 6:00 a.m. Any later, and you hazard the possibility of losing the subject or thinking about whether they are even home.

5. Moving into Position.

Move your reconnaissance vehicle into position rapidly, especially in a local location, and get set up. On the off chance that you performed a pre-reconnaissance check, you will not squander time circumnavigating the square twice or pondering where you’ll set up observation. You’ll essentially move directly into your pre-decided position. Search for detects that tend to make you less discernible, for example, stopping between two living arrangements, alongside vast trees, dividers or overwhelming vegetation.

Follow these tips and guidelines and you’ll be known as one of the best private investigators in your area. Good surveillance is everything when you’re on a high-profile job.

Stay Safe: Tips for Hassle-Free Process Serving

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Process ServerProcess serving is no joke. This line of work can be extremely rewarding, but also very dangerous. Dr. John Patrick Keefe II, a process server in Oklahoma City, has run into his fair share of bumps in the road of serving court documents. If you aren’t always alert and on your toes, you can run into some unsavory situations. This article is going to help you forgo all of that nonsense.

Serve When the Recipient is by Themselves

Let’s face it; people aren’t being served with papers that contain good news. In situations like these, some individuals can become enraged when served. When a spouse or other friends and family members are present, this can exacerbate the emotions of anger, tenfold. An example of a process serve gone wrong is the case of the 2008 death of Steve Allen. The recipient was served divorce papers when his wife and children were present. This caused the recipient to attack Allen, taking his life as well as attacking his family. Try serving the documents in a place where an incident is less likely to occur such as the place of employment.

Have an Exit Plan in Place

Never go into a building, domicile, or area to serve court papers without first knowing the way out. If you go into an office building or business, you will have better make damn sure your path to the door or emergency exit is clear, available, and easily accessible in the event you are confronted by an angry recipient. It’s a good idea to know where the exits are before approaching any house. Never park in a driveway or alley where your car can be boxed in by the recipient’s vehicle.

Listen to Your Gut

Your instincts can go a long way in keeping you safe, especially if they are telling you that you’re about to head into a bad situation. Let your gut be your guide to prevent walking into an ugly, chaotic problem. If you are about to enter a place that makes you pause before you go in, turn around, and leave. Take it as a sign that you are not supposed to be there at that time. If you absolutely must go in, make sure your cell phone is on your person with 911 on the dial screen. Never, ever turn your back on someone that you have just served. If you are serving a restraining order or other emotionally charged document, do not be embarrassed to ask law enforcement to come with you.

Process ServerKeep an Eye Out for Dogs

Every day, people are bitten by dogs. Don’t be one of these people. If you spot a “Beware the Dog,” sign, adhere to it. Always look for other less obvious clues that a dog is on the premises should there not be a sign. These can include a barking dog, toys, a dog house, and a leash.

Be Polite, Professional, and Respectful

Chances are, if you’re nice to them, they’re going to be nice to you. Do not act high and mighty or rude when serving people with papers. Carry your identification, introduce yourself, and remind those that you serve that you are simply the messenger, and you’re just doing your job.

You Always Need to be on Your Toes: A Public Notary’s Worst Nightmare

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Notary Public OKCAs a public notary, especially one who is mobile, you always need to be aware of your surroundings, know how to handle yourself, and how to diffuse a chaotic situation. Dr. John Patrick Keefe II, a public notary in OKC, cannot stress enough the importance of learning and practicing ways to keep yourself safe during a signing. You never know what types of situations you can run into. The following story details a nightmare situation for one female public notary.

Oklahoma Mobile NotaryEmily was on her way to her last notary signing of the day. As she drove to the client’s home, she gave him a phone call to confirm his appointment. He seemed a little abrupt as they spoke, but nothing out of the ordinary.
When Emily arrived at the client’s house, she knocked on the door and was greeted by a large 250-pound man. She stepped inside the door and almost immediately heard it lock and slam behind her. A wave of unfamiliar fear washed over Emily. She had performed notary public duties with lots of men and always felt safe, but this time, she felt different.

The man asked Emily, “Is this your last signing of the day?” Without thinking clearly, Emily told him that it was. Instantly, after she spoke those words, Emily felt a sinking pit in her belly. As Emily was reaching for her phone, the client said, “Where’s my money?” Although startled, Emily told him that they should take a look at his documents, as calmly as she could.

Oklahoma Mobile NotaryAt that exact moment, the client reached behind his back and pulled out a handgun, which he harshly jammed into Emily’s chest. The man kept asking Emily over and over again where his money was. Emily tried to calmly explain that she had no check or cash on her person.

Emily asked the client if she could call his loan officer to clear up the situation and the disgruntled client growled, “no!” With the gun still pointed at her chest, Emily calmly went over the client’s documents with him and showed him various dates and his right to cancel documentation.
Finally, the client laid his gun down and began signing the paperwork. After the signing was complete, the client let Emily leave with the documents. When she got into her car, she locked the doors and called the proper authorities to report the incident.

Tips

  • Never, ever, tell a client that it’s your last signing of the day, even if it’s 2 o’clock in the morning. This will give the client the assumption that they have some control over you.
  • Whenever you enter someone’s home, always look for any possible exits and keep your cell phone unlocked and accessible.
  • Always trust your instincts. If your gut tells you that you shouldn’t be someplace, listen to it. Your instincts can save your life.
  • Make sure you know the documents that are being signed. Because Emily knew how to properly explain the documents to her disgruntled client, her knowledge diffused the situation and kept her safe.