Meet Arica Underwood
Arica is passionate about the law and about providing effective representation to her clients. She believes that with the right Judges, the Justice System can be reformed.
Arica is polite to anyone that she meets. If you have a question, she is very approachable, and will do her best to answer your questions.
Arica believes that even in an adversarial system, a certain level of civility is necessary.
Arica believes that it is important for a Judge to review the files of the cases which are scheduled before the proceedings to ensure familiarity with the issues. She will use her background in legal research to make sure that she is prepared for each Motion or Hearing before the hearing begins.
Arica believes that it is important for every individual to understand the court proceedings. She believes that a Judge should answer all questions and address all concerns about any court proceedings in that Judge’s courtroom.
As a criminal defense attorney Arica has practiced in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas on a daily basis for the past 8 years. A Judge should have a unique and individual sense of discernment.
As a public defender, Arica understands hard work and the necessity to sometimes work every day in a week to get a job done. She believes that a Judge should be present in Court to answer questions, address issues, and make sure that citizens are being served.
There are times when a high bond is appropriate, however, a Judge needs to take the time to review a person’s background, what they are accused of, and whether they are a danger to the community and set bond appropriately. If an individual is not a danger and is charged with a low level felony then they should not be precluded from posting a bond because they don’t have the money to post any bond.
Prison should never be the default sentence. Each individual should be sentenced based on various factors relating to the person and any issues that they have such as mental illness and addiction. A sentence should be tailored to address the individual needs of the person, so that they have the best opportunity for rehabilitation.
Drug addiction is a major issue. A Judge should consider programs for the defendant as well as any family members to address the addiction and support systems which may be necessary to address the issues associated with addiction.
Unfortunately, mental health issues are rarely addressed in our society unless it comes into contact with the criminal justice system. A Judge should be sure to determine if there are any mental health issues which may have contributed to being accused of a crime and find programs to address them.