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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In general, the limit for misdemeanor theft in Kentucky is $499. If the value of the property is $500 or more, the theft can be charged as a felony.
If you have been charged with theft, you need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. For consultation in Northern Kentucky, call the Bouldin Law Firm at 859-581-6453 or email Michael Bouldin directly at email@example.com. An attorney can advise you of your rights and assure that they are protected. An attorney may be able to secure a place with misdemeanor or felony diversion, negotiate a deal, appeal to minimize the sentence, or discuss trial strategy. Don’t make the mistake of trying to “handle” your case alone and turn a shoplifting charge into a felony.