Successful Cases

A Lawyer with a Record of Success for Criminal Defendants in Kentucky

Although I cannot promise results in your case, I can tell you what I have been able to accomplish for previous clients. From dismissal of all charges, to bargaining for a lesser charge, to an acquittal or not-guilty verdict, I have a reputation for seeking the best results possible for my clients, whatever the charge.

A Few Examples of Cases I've Successfully Handled

Commonwealth v. A.B.

  • Charge: Assault in the First Degree
  • Result: Not guilty of all charges

My client was charged with Assault in the First Degree. The prosecution's theory was that my client intentionally shot and paralyzed her husband due to jealousy as a result of infidelity. My investigation and trial preparation revealed that while my client did shoot her husband resulting in his paralysis, my client had to do so in legal self-defense. This investigation lasted approximately one and a half years, and resulted in the discovery of records from the United States Army and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services that served to further corroborate our theory of the case. At trial, evidence was presented that my client suffered years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her husband, and she was facing a life-threatening situation at the time of the shooting. The case was tried to a jury and my client was found not guilty of all charges.

United States v. Z.C.

  • Charge: Harboring Illegal Aliens
  • Result: Not guilty of all charges

My client was charged with multiple counts of Harboring Illegal Aliens. The prosecution's theory was that my client intentionally hired illegal aliens to work at his restaurant, and that my client provided them a place to live. My investigation and trial preparation revealed that the illegal aliens provided my client with forged identification. Further, an expert in Chinese business practices was utilized to establish that my client's business practices were nothing more than an extension of the business model in his home country. The case was tried to a federal jury and my client was found not guilty of all charges.

Commonwealth v. R.I.

  • Charge: Theft
  • Result: Not guilty of all charges

My client was charged with approximately forty counts of Theft. The prosecution's theory was that my client was responsible for multiple thefts valued at approximately $50,000 from his former employer over approximately a one year period. My investigation and trial preparation revealed that the property might not have been missing due to inventory errors, and even if it was missing, there were multiple other people who could have taken the property. The case was tried to a jury and my client was found not guilty of all charges.

Commonwealth v. S.D.

  • Charge: Illegal Operation of a Local Adult Entertainment Establishment
  • Result: Not guilty of all charges

My client was charged with multiple counts relating to the illegal operation of a local adult entertainment establishment. My investigation and trial preparation revealed that my client was not sufficiently involved in the establishment to establish criminal liability. Further, my trial strategy sought to prove that it was the co-defendants, who were given favorable plea agreements to testify against my client, that were the true guilty parties. The case was tried to a jury and my client was found not guilty of all charges.

Commonwealth v. M.W.

  • Charge: Felony Assault of a Police Officer
  • Result: Not guilty of the felony assault charge

My client was charge with felony assault of a police officer. The prosecution's theory was that my client intentionally assaulted a peace officer during an incident at a local popular drinking establishment. My investigation and trial preparation revealed that due to my client's intoxicated state, combined with the facts and circumstances of the case, my client could not have formed the necessary intent to commit the charged felony offense. The case was tried to a jury and my client was found not guilty of the felony assault charge.

Commonwealth v. J.T.

  • Charge: Felony Assault of Another
  • Result: Not guilty of the felony assault charge

My client was charged with felony assault of another. The prosecution's theory was that my client intentionally attacked the victim causing life-threatening injuries. The alleged victim did suffer a Hematoma on the brain, resulting in brain surgery. My investigation and trial preparation revealed that the alleged victim was the aggressor in the altercation, and that my client had to defend himself. My investigation also revealed that the alleged victim's version of the events were inconsistent with the medical records. My client was an avid hunter who refused to become a convicted felon and thereby lose his right to own and use a firearm. The case was tried to a jury with a self-defense theory, and my client was found not guilty of the felony assault charge.

Commonwealth v. H.S.

  • Charge: Sexual abuse of a Minor
  • Result: Charges dismissed by the prosecution

My client was charged with sexually abusing his granddaughter. My investigation and preparation revealed that the mother of the child had told the child to make this false allegation as a result of an earlier family dispute. My investigation resulted in the child admitting that the allegation was false. As a result of a thorough investigation and tough negotiation, the charges were ultimately dismissed by the prosecution.

Commonwealth v. P.M.

  • Charge: Possession of Cocaine
  • Result: Charges were reduced.

My client was charged with possession of cocaine. If convicted, my client would have lost her job and would have been forced to change her career. My investigation and preparation revealed that the seizure and arrest of the defendant may have been unconstitutional. I produced multiple witnesses that corroborated my theory and conducted a suppression hearing before the Court. After the hearing, the charges were reduced and my client was able to keep her job.

Commonwealth v. A.L.

  • Charge: Trafficking in Heroin
  • Result: Charges not pursued by authorities

My client was charged with trafficking in heroin. The authorities presented a controlled-buy case alleging that my client had sold heroin to a cooperating witness. It is often assumed that a controlled-buy case is very difficult to beat. My investigation and preparation revealed that the alleged messages between my client and the cooperating witness made no reference to drugs. It was established that the cooperating witness owed my client money. Further investigation revealed that the investigating officers did not witness the alleged transaction between the cooperating witness and my client, and the officers did not completely search the cooperating witness before the alleged transaction. Once these facts were presented, the trafficking charge was not pursued by the authorities.

Commonwealth v. M.W.

  • Charge: DUI Assault
  • Result: Felony conviction avoided; no jail time

My client was charged with a DUI Assault. He faced a life-long felony conviction and potentially ten to twenty years in prison. The prosecution's theory was that my client struck a pedestrian with his vehicle causing substantial injury. When authorities arrived, it was determined that my client was under the influence of alcohol. My investigation and preparation revealed through corroborating witness testimony that my client had no opportunity to stop his vehicle. The pedestrian had walked in front of my client's vehicle in an illegal fashion leaving my client no time to react regardless of his intoxication levels. This investigation and resulting evidence resulted in my client avoiding any felony conviction and receiving no jail time.

Commonwealth v. S.S.

  • Charge: Residential Burglary
  • Result: Reduction of charge to a misdemeanor

My client was charged with residential burglary. He faced a life-long felony conviction and five to ten years in prison. The proof against my client was extremely strong that he was guilty of the charged offense. However, I used my client's background as an honorably discharged war-veteran. I pursued a theory that my client was most likely suffering from post-traumatic as a result of his past service that resulted in drug addiction that placed him in the position of being charged with a residential burglary. This approach resulted in the charge being reduced to a misdemeanor offense that can one day be removed from my client's record, and my client retained the civil liberties he would have lost had he been convicted of the felony.

Contact Attorney Shannon D. Sexton

You can reach my Covington office online or by phone at 859-431-9999 to schedule a free initial consultation and put my experience to work for you.


The Covington, Kentucky defense firm of Shannon D. Sexton, Attorney at Law, provides criminal defense representation to the people of Kenton County, Campbell County, and Boone County, including the communities of Covington, Dayton, Ludlow, Latonia, Fort Mitchell, Fort Wright, Villa Hills, Erlanger Crescent Springs, Alexandria, Bellevue, Fort Thomas, Florence, and Highland Heights and students at Northern Kentucky University (NKU).