Columbus Criminal Defense Attorney Brad Koffel was recently quoted in the Newark Advocate sharing his insight about a high profile sex crime case. The article – which can be read here – involves the recent indictment of Anthony J. Miller, a teacher at Carson Elementary School and assistant band director at Newark High School, on 13 charges for allegedly having sexual relationships with students. Upon news of the pending indictment, Miller had immediately retained the services of Attorney Koffel and Koffel Brininger Nesbitt.
Miller's case has garnered a great deal of media attention, particularly because Miller faces 13 charges, 9 of which are felonies, as well as accusations from multiple alleged victims. If convicted of all charges, Miller would face more than 36 years in prison. In the Newark Advocate article, Attorney Koffel revealed that both he and his client intend to resolve the case quickly by working closely with prosecutor's to devise a plea deal.
Koffel cited Miller's genuine remorse as a key factor behind pursuing a swift agreement with prosecutors, in addition to both he and his client's belief that the students not be publicly revealed during the case. Attorney Koffel also stated that while he may seek to have Miller's bond reduced in the future, he will adhere to Koffel Brininger Nesbitt's protocol in these types of cases, specifically by ensuring that his client is of sound mental health and no longer a danger to himself before bail is posted.
Attorney Koffel's compassion for all parties in this case is readily apparent, as is his reassuring stance when handling complex and challenging sex crime cases. As these types of cases entail a great deal of emotional strain and public backlash for all parties involved, the support and guidance of an experienced defense attorney often proves invaluable. "I'm not a big believer in just locking people up in prison and throwing away the key because the case is in the press," said Koffel.