Monday, October 31, 2011

Featured Case - Buchanan - Costs

Gloria Buchanan v. Commonwealth


Opinion dated October 28, 2011

Not to be published. 

The Court of Appeals, among other things, affirmed the trial court’s decision to impose “court costs, fines, and/or fees in the amount of $295.00” following Ms. Buchanan’s conviction of Wanton Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult.  The Court of Appeals held that it was not palpable error in this case.  Trial Practice Tip: Object and argue that the client is a poor person and cannot pay court costs, fines, or fees.

Contributed by Robert Yang