Dealing with legal problems is extremely stressful, confusing, and frightening. If you are looking for an experienced criminal attorney in Lexington KY, you found it. Our job is to get you through this in the best shape possible; we’ve helped thousands of clients do just that.
Below are some common questions asked by our clients. Please bear in mind that every case is different and the answers here are not meant as legal advice. If you would like help with your legal situation, call us today at (859) 259-0727 for a free, confidential legal consultation.
The police want to talk to me about a situation. What should I do?
Generally, you should avoid talking to the police unless you first speak with a criminal attorney. This is especially true if you are a suspect in a case or have been arrested. When an officer says, “Anything you say can and will be used against you,” they mean it! Anything and everything you say is admissible against you in a court of law, no matter how innocent it may seem at the time.
If you speak to the police without an attorney present, there’s no way of taking those words back. You can always make a statement to the police after speaking with your attorney. If and when you do talk to the police, it should be a carefully considered decision, not something you are pressured into doing.
If you are ever “read your rights,” politely and firmly tell the officer(s) you have nothing to say until you speak with your attorney. The officers may seem nice, or they may act threatening, or they may tell you they’ll help you if you talk to them… but their job is NOT to help you. Their job is to get information and they are very experienced at getting people to talk.
This is a very serious point. We all want to be nice, we want to be polite. We were raised right. But, just for now, between the time you first encounter an officer and the moment you speak with your attorney, don’t answer any questions–not even “how are you”–with anything other than, “No offense, officer, but I’ve been advised by my attorney not to answer any questions unless he is present.”
What should I do if I have been arrested for a crime?
You should seek advice from an attorney. Criminal convictions can have long-lasting consequences, over and above any sentence you may receive if convicted. Our attorneys guide you through the legal process and fight for you every step of the way. It is best to have an attorney with you at your first court appearance, known as the arraignment. That way, if you are still in jail, your attorney can work to get you a lower bond and faster release.
Can I talk about my case with my friends, co-workers, or anyone else?
No! It is best that you don’t talk with anyone about your case except your attorney. Anything you say to friends and co-workers is not confidential. What you tell them could come back to haunt you! It has nothing to do with whether or not you trust this person. If the prosecutor thinks your friend knows something that will help the government’s side, your friend can be forced to testify against you! Once someone is under oath, that person is legally obligated to tell the truth or risk prosecution for perjury.
If you are contacted by anyone at all about your case, give them our number and tell them to forward all questions to us.
How much does a lawyer cost?
Unfortunately, it is impossible to give a cost in advance without knowing the details of a particular case. A complex murder trial or a federal charge would require more work, more motions, more hours, and therefore a higher fee than would a traffic ticket. After a free and confidential consultation with one of our attorneys, we will be able to quote you a fee for our services.
Will I have to go to prison if I’m convicted of a crime?
It depends on a number of things, such as the crime you are convicted of, if you have criminal history, and any mitigating circumstances that would make the judge more inclined to grant you probation as opposed to incarceratuin. Our attorneys are skilled at presenting the best possible case to the courts to steer our clients away from prison. While we cannot guarantee how a particular case will resolve, we work hard to get our clients the best possible outcome.
What types of Criminal Cases do we cover?
- Assault and battery
- Child Pornography
- Credit card fraud
- Criminal mischief
- Domestic Violence
- Driver’s license restoration
- Drug Manufacturing
- Drug possession
- Drug trafficking / distribution
- Drunk Driving
- Firearm offenses
- Forgery and fraud
- Identity theft
- Juvenile offenses
- Murder / Manslaughter
- Probation / Parole violations
- Public intoxication
- Receiving stolen property
- Sexual offenses
Have you been accused of a crime and you don’t see it listed above? Feel free to give us a call – 859-259-0727
Hire a Criminal Attorney Lexington KY Today!
Baldani, Rowland & Richardson, Attorneys at Law
300 W Short St Lexington, Kentucky 40507
Hours: 8:30AM—5:00PM and by appointment
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