Hire an experienced and competent criminal defense attorney following your arrest.
If you have been arrested for trafficking, selling or planning to sell, drugs you need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. Drugs may include marijuana, cocaine, heroin or prescription medication and sale can be anything from one pill to kilos of cocaine.
If you are charged with trafficking, it will almost undoubtedly be a felony charge. The defendant will first appear in district court (municipal/room A in Ohio) for arraignment. Soon thereafter a preliminary hearing will be scheduled. this is a probable cause hearing and the court will almost always find that probable cause does exist and refer the case to the Grand Jury. In Kentucky, this is within 10 days if incarcerated or 20 days if out of jail. The time may be waived if the attorney wants more time to investigate prior to the hearing.
Following the preliminary hearing, the case is heard by the Grand Jury. the defendant does not appear or present evidence at this hearing which is conducted by the prosecutor. The Grand Jury in Kentucky generally returns an indictment within 60 days. This occurs within 2 weeks in Hamilton County. Ask your attorney if you have questions about time limits and meanings.
After being indicted, the defendant will appear in the Circuit Court (Common Pleas in Ohio) for an arraignment on the indictment. Following arraignment, discovery begins and the lawyer can find what evidence the state has against the defendant and start discussing the chances at trial.
Often plea negotiations begin following discovery as well. The attorney can seek a n umber of alternatives and, like all cases, the negotiations improve if the prosecution case is weak. Talk to your counsel about the case and what are good resolutions.
Being able to navigate though the first court system, as well as federal versus state courts, is essential. Talking about bail and what motions are appropriate is important to the client and how the judge perceives the defendant. For a consultation and representation, call Michael Bouldin at Bouldin Law Firm at 859-581-6453 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.