While it is important to be open to new ideas and strive to better yourself both as a person and a human being, when hiring a criminal defense attorney, make sure that they know their audience.
If you consider hiring an attorney from outside of the area, ask these questions:
Why bold the Question: Is the case likely to go to trial? The answer is complicated and simple. If the case is likely to settle and you need the influence of the local prosecutor and/or judge to resolve the case or negotiate a favorable plea deal, often a local attorney will best suit your needs. The best deals are not reserved to high price attorneys from larger cities, especially in more rural counties.
If, on the other hand, your case is likely or definitely headed toward a jury trial, an outside attorney may have the advantage of being able to ruffle some feathers without the care of local counsel. That must be considered together with the fact that a local attorney may get some better pretrial rulings and will better know the jury and the trial strategy of the prosecutor.
What is local? Typically, a local attorney is someone who regularly practices in the county of the charge. They may have their office or home in that county or an adjacent county. If you are seeking a lawyer, ask them the names of the prosecutors and judges who may or will be handling your case. The local attorney shoudl be familiar with the “players.”
If you have questions or concerns about a case in Boone, Campbell or Kenton counties in Northern Kentucky, call Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 or email at email@example.com.
If you are charged with a felony crime, you are wise to hire an attorney to represent you throughout the process. As a practicing attorney for 22 years in Northern Kentucky, the best advise is to “lawyer up” as soon as possible. ANY statement to the police or other investigating agency can and will be used against you. The best meaning desire to be compliant with the officer will often lead to either an actual or allegation of a confession.
If you have been charged or are the subject of investigation, schedule an appointment to meet with an experienced criminal defense attorney. As an attorney in Kenton, Campbell and Boone practicing criminal defense for well over 20 years, I have represented clients charged with almost every criminal classification in the Kentucky statutes. This includes the entire Kentucky penal code, driving and DUI laws, as well as all drug statutes.
Whether you are wanted for questioning, have been cited, charged or are under indictment, you should know your rights prior to any proceeding. How you proceed depends greatly on your ability to determine your situation and the possible outcomes. If you have the right to remain silent, it is often in your best interest to do so. If you have a plea date, that could mean that your attorney has scheduled you for a plea or it could the the last date the Judge will entertain a negotiated plea, after which you should be prepared for trial. Whether or not you accept ANY plea or choose to take your case to trial should be your decision, after you have the facts and knowledge and advice of competent legal counsel.
For representation in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, call Michael Bouldin at 581-MIKE, 859-581-6453 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.