Kentucky Criminal Defense
A traffic stop for a broken tail light as you leave Rupp Arena may seem like a minor matter—and it usually is, except your burned out light becomes an opportunity for the arresting officer to begin an investigation into a possible DUI or other crime. Even a hint of alcohol on your breath will unleash a barrage of tests and procedures to determine DUI. Additionally if the officer suspects drugs, he may determine probable cause to search your vehicle. What began as an inconsequential infraction may become multiple felony charges.
An Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
Often a DUI charge may include additional charges. You will be arraigned on each of these. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had one attorney who had the necessary experience and training to handle all of them? The attorneys at Suhre & Associates are able to represent you on any additional charges to your DUI, giving each the attention it deserves.
Perhaps, in the process of searching your vehicle, officers discovered a Federal Gun Violation that you didn’t know even existed. We are able to defend against Federal charges as well.
How Should You Proceed?
When facing multiple charges, it helps to have an attorney firm that knows how to decimate the evidence against you, precipitating the dismissal of any charge that may now lack sufficient evidence to proceed.
A DUI charge can disrupt your life; additional criminal charges make it even more complicated. We are able to fight all of your charges with the same expertise we provide for Kentucky DUI cases. We create an effective defense for each charge and case. We may even be able to work all the charges into one plea bargain—whatever works best for you.
We Are Here For You On Your Criminal Offense.
Having aggressive and thorough legal representation in criminal matters is critical. Don’t wait until it is too late to hire an attorney that will fight for you. Our attorneys are here to assist no matter what criminal charges you are facing. Our criminal law experience is on your side to obtain the best result for you. Below are just some of the criminal charges we can help you with:
The Criminal Justice System Process
After you are arrested and plead not guilty, there are several stages in the criminal justice system.
Arraignment and Bond
Your initial hearing is called an Arraignment. At this stage is where you plead either guilty or not guilty. At the same time, the court will also typically address bond. A bond in a criminal case is an assurance a defendant gives the state promising to come to court when instructed. Most times, the state requires more than just the defendant’s promise to come to court. When no money is required to back up the promise to come to court, the bond is called a personal recognizance bond. If money is required by the state to back up the promise to come to court, it is called a surety bond.
If you are charged with a felony crime, you will typically have to report to pretrial services if you are on a personal recognizance or own recognizance bond. In addition, you will be schedule for a preliminary hearing before the court within 10 days. At that hearing, the prosecution will have witnesses testify and the court will determine if there is probable cause for the charge. If the court finds probable cause, the case is sent to the grand jury to issue an indictment against you. Once an indictment is issued, your case is moved to circuit court, you are rearraigned and the case proceeds.
Before trial, there may be one or several pretrial hearings or conferences. These court dates are set so discovery of evidence can be obtained and pretrial motions can be ruled on. In addition, this is an opportunity for your attorney to either further engage in plea negotiations or ascertain the prosecutions trial strategy. Sometimes these are very administrative whereas others will involve simple to very complex hearings and presentation of evidence through witnesses in support or opposition of a motion proffered by either side.
In Kentucky, anyone accused of any type of crime can have either a jury or bench trial regardless of the crime charged. A bench trial is where the Judge decides the issue alone based on the evidence presented. A jury trial on the other hand, is where members of the community are chosen and decide the case on the merits. Upon completion, you will either be found guilty or not guilty and sentenced accordingly.
After trial, there are several motions and potential appeals that can be filed with the court. In addition, if you are found or plead guilty there will be several items filed with the court including your certificate of completion of the alcohol and drug education program and payments against court costs and fines.
A misdemeanor can be expunged after 5 years after the completion of the sentence so long as the person has no felony convictions, no convictions 5 years prior to the charge to be expunged and no other convictions during the 5 years after the charge to be expunged. There are a few exceptions to the expungement time rule for drug possession. In addition, you can get the records that you were even charged with a crime expunged shortly after you are found not guilty or the charges are dismissed.
When you are facing multiple charges, it may feel like you are being attacked from all sides. We take that feeling away since we have experience in multiple criminal cases. As our client, we will handle it all for you.
If your DUI carries additional charges, we take care of them with the same expertise. We don’t just go through the motions, we approach each charge with the intent of succeeding for you.