My first words of wisdom: a defendant should immediately exercise their right to remain silent as soon as they are arrested or detained. If you are arrested in Florence, Burlington, Union, Walton, Hebron, the Greater Cincinnati Airport or anywhere else in Boone County you are typically taken to the Boone County Detention Center in Burlington, Kentucky.
The judge will talk to pretrial and set a bond. A defendant should talk to pretrial services which will verify your name, age, address and work information. This information, together with criminal history and the charges will be considered by the Judge in setting the bond.
While the legal advice is generally to exercise your right to remain silent, giving the Court your personal information is in your best interest to having the lowest bond. Pretrial will not ask you information about your case.
If you are able to arrange bail through your family or an attorney, the jail will give you a notice of when to next appear in court. If you are not able to post bond, you will appear in court via video arraignment on the next business day at the District Court located at 6025 Rogers Lane, Burlington, Kentucky. The District Judges in Boone County are Jeff Smith and Charles Moore, but often a visiting judge may hear your case at arraignment.
This is generally in Courtroom 1A but may be in Courtroom 2A or 2B. This initial appearance is called the Arraignment and is an opportunity to plead guilty or not guilty. If you are charged with a felony, the court will enter an “not guilty” plea at this time and set the case for a preliminary hearing.
If you are charged with a misdemeanor, you may either plead “guilty” and the court will immediately impose sentence or you may plead “not guilty” and the matter will be set for a pretrial conference or a trial.
You should attempt to obtain legal counsel as soon in this process as possible. If you do not engage an attorney prior to the Arraignment, it is wise to plead “not guilty” and seek the advice of counsel prior to taking the next step.
An attorney can explain your rights and your options. A defendant may choose to plead guilty at a later time. An attorney can determine the likelihood of begin found not guilty, can discuss the potential defenses to the charges, and negotiate the best deal possible.
If you, or a family member, have been arrested in Burlington, Union, Florence or elsewhere in Boone County, Kentucky, call Florence Criminal Lawyer Mike Bouldin immediately for assistance at 859-581-6453.