If you or a loved one has recently been charged with a crime in Kentucky, contact Broderick & Davenport, PLLC today. Facing criminal charges can be scary and overwhelming. You will likely have many questions about the process and about any possible penalties that may result from conviction. No matter how small the charge may seem, any criminal charge should be treated seriously. Besides focusing on your charges, you will need help protecting your rights. Read the information below to learn more about criminal charges in Kentucky, and how a conviction could impact your life.
Criminal Defense Practice Areas
At Broderick & Davenport, PLLC, our experienced lawyers have handled a wide variety of criminal cases, and have helped countless southern Kentucky residents through the criminal court process. If you are facing any of the following charges, contact us today:
- Traffic violations
- Weapons offenses
- DUI / DWI
- Rape / sex crimes
- Drug offenses
- Theft / burglary
- Domestic violence
- Assault / battery
After you have been formally charged, your first question is probably what penalties you may encounter if convicted. The potential legal consequences you face upon conviction will depend on the charges. One important factor is whether your charge is a felony or a misdemeanor. Kentucky law defines a misdemeanor as a charge punishable by up to 12 months in jail. A felony is a charge punishable by more than one year in prison. Other factors that may affect criminal punishment include any prior convictions you may have. Again, depending on the charges, if you are convicted you could face fines, jail time, probation, court-ordered treatment, community service, suspended driver’s license, and other punishments.
Your Legal Rights
Throughout the criminal process, the law guarantees you certain rights. Among these rights are protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. If police or prosecutors violate those rights, any evidence obtained from their unlawful actions may be excluded in your case. Unlawful searches or seizures can occur at the time of arrest. If you feel your rights were violated, you should contact an attorney right away. You will need someone who can fight for your rights, both in and out of court.
Impact of Conviction
There are many consequences of a criminal conviction, even for a misdemeanor. In addition to immediate consequences such as possible jail time, fines, court-ordered treatment, and probation, a conviction can have other long-lasting effects. A conviction can impact your employment future, potentially barring you from certain jobs. Additionally, a criminal record could affect your educational and housing opportunities. With so much at stake, it is essential to hire a lawyer to protect your rights. Your attorney can fight for you in court, and will work to ensure your best possible results in court.
Have you been charged with a crime in Kentucky? If so, contact Broderick & Davenport, PLLC, located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, today. Our lawyers have years of experience defending people against criminal charges. We understand the impact a conviction could have on your life, so we are dedicated to aggressively representing you throughout the case. Contact us today to schedule a legal consultation. We can answer your questions, and help you move forward.