Start Date: 1/28/2021 3:00 PM EST
End Date: 6/30/2021 11:45 PM EDT
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Basic Federal Criminal Practice
2.0 Total Hrs
Presented by David S. Hoskins, 2012 KACDL President and Abe Mashni, KACDL Board Member
Abe Mashni and David Hoskins will present a survey of nuts-and-bolts topics for lawyers seeking to expand their practice to include federal criminal defense. The presentation presumes familiarity with state court criminal defense and will highlight significant differences between the two court systems.
The topics will include the following:
1. Pretrial release/detention under the Bail Reform Act - standards applied by the court in determining whether or not a defendant is detained pending trial - risk of danger, risk of non-appearance - “presumption” cases
2. Plea bargaining - what a typical plea agreement looks like, including what typically isn’t included (the specific sentence), binding plea agreements
3. Sentencing - the sentencing process and the importance of the presentence investigation report, overview of the federal sentencing guidelines, mandatory minimum sentences - especially in the context of the Controlled Substances Act, firearms offenses, and child pornography, impact of prior convictions (851 issues under the First Step Act, career offender status, the Armed Career Criminal Act), sentence reductions for cooperation under sentencing guideline 5K1.1, variances from the guidelines.
Abe Mashni is a criminal defense attorney practicing in Lexington, Kentucky. After graduating the University of Kentucky, magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Abe earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law. While in law school, Abe participated on the Trial Advocacy Board and was granted a Limited Practice License from the Kentucky Supreme Court. Abe utilized the limited license to its full extent by working at the Fayette County Commonwealth’s Attorney office. During this time, he prosecuted a felony trial and argued several evidentiary hearings on behalf of the Commonwealth – all while still in law school. As a result of this experience, Abe has intimate knowledge of how prosecutors and law enforcement officers will develop and prosecute your criminal case.
Abe began his legal career as a Staff Attorney for the Fayette Circuit Court Judge Kimberly Bunnell. In this capacity, he gained invaluable insight of the inner workings of a complicated court system. After a great year working for Judge Bunnell, Abe became an associate attorney at Baldani, Rowland & Richardson in 2014.
In 2018, the firm changed its name to Baldani Law Group and Abe was made partner. While in private practice, Abe has successfully represented clients in over 20 counties across central Kentucky. His jury trial experience includes: federal criminal defense, state felony criminal defense, state misdemeanor criminal defense, and personal injury. He has also handled several family law bench trials including: divorce, custody, child support, and Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
Abe’s memberships include the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL) where he also serves on the board of directors, Kentucky Bar Association, and the United States District Court Eastern District of Kentucky.In 2019, Abe was awarded the Clarence Darrow Prodigy Award by the Kentucky Associate of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Abe takes great pride in knowing that his clients put their trust in him to get results. He gives every client his cell phone number because emergencies don’t only happen between 8:30am-5:00pm. By giving each case individualized attention and focusing on the details, Abe can be proactive and aggressive in fighting for his client’s rights.
Abe is a former “Big” brother and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass. When not volunteering his time or practicing law, Abe enjoys spending time with his wife, Ann, and bird dog, Cooper. He also is an avid golfer, hunter, and University of Kentucky sports fan.
David S. Hoskins was born and raised in southeastern Kentucky. He graduated from Corbin High School in 1977. After gaining his bachelor’s degree in history from Davidson College in 1981 and his law degree from Wake Forest University in 1984, he returned to Corbin where he has practiced law ever since. From 1984 to 1986, Mr. Hoskins served as assistant county attorney for Whitley County, Kentucky. In 1987, he found the area of the law that most interested him – criminal defense. Since then, he has successfully defended hundreds of persons in the state and federal courts of Kentucky. He has won acquittals for everything from DUI to murder.
- Bars: Kentucky, South Carolina, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
- Life Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
- Life Member, Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL)
- Recipient, Board of Directors Award, KACDL (2004)
- President, KACDL (2012)
- Past President, Whitley County Bar Association
- 34th Judicial Circuit, Judicial Nominating Commission
- Past President, Corbin Rotary Club
- Past President, Greater Corbin Chamber of Commerce
- Assistant County Attorney, Whitley County, Kentucky (1984-1987)
Admitted to Practice: 1984-Commonwealth of Kentucky; 1985-United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky;
1994-6th Circuit Court of Appeals; 2012-South Carolina
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