HELP, I GOT ARRESTED. These are often the first words out of the mouth of a person facing their first criminal charge. WHAT DO I DO NOW? This may be for a DUI, drunk and disorderly, intoxication, or other charges that are probably out of character for the defendant. This can be a benefit to the defense and help with negotiating a favorable resolution.
If you made a mistake, do not compound it by making a second mistake of trying to handle it yourself. Most cases will get a much better resolution with the aid of an attorney. An attorney can walk you through the steps and tell you what to expect. The attorney also has direct access to the prosecutor and can discuss your case in private and often outside of the courtroom. Most often, prosecutors will not do this with unrepresented defendants.
The attorney also knows what should be expected from your case based on similar and past experiences. For example, if this is your first misdemeanor and it is non-violent and fits certain parameters, the attorney may be able to get you into a diversion program. A diversion program generally allows the defendant to have the case ultimately dismissed and expunged from their criminal record. There may also be other programs or options available for resolution.
Diversion programs vary by state and the program differs significantly whether the charges are a misdemeanor or a felony. Your attorney can discuss what will be expected as well as the costs and time considerations for the program.
If you have been charged, hire a lawyer who is experienced in criminal defense and/or DUI defense. For more information on your charge, visit by website @ link. For consultation or representation in Northern Kentucky, call Bouldin Law Firm and schedule an appointment with Michael Bouldin. Call 859-581-6453 or email email@example.com.
If you were charged with DUI over the holiday July 4th weekend in Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky, you are not alone. DON’T plead guilty. If you plead NOT-GUILTY, the court will set your case for a pretrial conference within the next month. HIRE AN ATTORNEY who regularly practices criminal law in your county.
There are many ways to defend a DUI charge. First, the attorney will get your side of the story, which often differs substantially from that of the arresting officer. A request for production of evidence, also know as discovery, is essential to begin the defense. Often, a video from the cruiser or from the officer’s vest camera may be available. A video is the best evidence, obviously better than the recollection of the defendant or the officer. It is also a useful tool to use in cross examination of the officer.
Suppression of evidence may also be necessary to win a case. If the stop can be suppressed, the entirety of the field sobriety tests and the breathalyzer are also suppressed. If the stop was valid (officer had probably cause), it does not necessarily give right to request field sobriety tests. If field sobriety tests are passed, the officer should not demand a breathalyzer or blood test to check for blood alcohol levels.
Even if everything was valid and the defendant was driving while impaired, an attorney can often negotiate a better resolution than a simply plea to the charges. Consult with an attorney prior to entering any plea and, if possible, before appearing in court.
For representation in Kentucky, especially in Boone, Campbell, Kenton or Hamilton counties, call Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453. For immediate response, email to firstname.lastname@example.org.