What are my rights following an arrest in Kentucky?
Once you are arrested by a Kentucky law enforcement officer, you have important rights. You have the right under the 5th Amendment of the US Constitution to remain silent so as to avoid self-incrimination. You also have the right to a phone call and the right to a Kentucky criminal defense attorney. If you cannot afford to hire a criminal defense lawyer, the court will appoint you a public defender.
What can I expect following a conviction for a felony or misdemeanor crime?
The outcomes of a conviction for a criminal charge vary depending on the nature of the crime, but generally include some combination of prison time and extensive fines. A felony conviction can compromise your ability to be gainfully employed following your release from jail. You can also expect to be prohibited from owning a firearm as well as voting. Other consequences of a criminal conviction may include parole, fines, electronic monitoring, or required attendance at counseling programs, especially if drunk driving, drugs, or violent crimes are involved.
What is a plea bargain?
During your case you may have the opportunity to plead guilty to reduced charges. Conviction of reduced criminal charges may be accompanied by long jail sentences and heavy fines. It’s not always a bad idea to plead guilty to a lesser charge, but let your experienced criminal defense attorney tell you if it is for sure in your case.
What do I do if I believe that law enforcement officers violated my civil rights at the time of my arrest?
Tell a dedicated Kentucky criminal defense attorney about the circumstances of your arrest. If the police violated your rights, we can help you get your charges dismissed or reduced.
Do I need to have an attorney at all?
You don’t need to have a skilled criminal defense lawyer or any other lawyer represent you in court, but it’s highly urged that you do so. Hiring an aggressive criminal defense attorney is the best way to protect your rights, your freedom, and your wallet when facing criminal charges. It’s not sufficient to state in court that you are innocent, though you may well be. You are required to demonstrate your innocence to a jury at a trial, and can this can be a baffling experience for even the most eloquent of defendants. The prosecution depends on your ignorance of Kentucky criminal law to convict you.
How much does it cost to hire a criminal defense attorney in Kentucky?
It’s probably less expensive than you think, especially when compared to the extensive fines and fees associated with a conviction for a crime. Our initial consultation is $100. We know what you are going through and we can try to keep you out of jail. Call us today.