Kentuckiana Criminal Defense Lawyers
If you have been accused of a crime, it is important to remember you are innocent until proven guilty; the state must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. You need to know your rights and how to protect them. An experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side can help you navigate the criminal system and level the playing field. It is important to act quickly to speak with an attorney regarding your case, so you avoid the common mistakes people make that can have serious consequences.
When you’re accused of a crime, you may wonder how it will affect your family, your finances, and your future. Even the lowest level misdemeanors can affect you in so many ways, and one of our attorneys can be there for you from day one.
If you or a family member has been charged with a crime, you need a lawyer to represent you. An experienced attorney on your side can help fight for your rights and ensure your voice is heard.
Find out how we can help you. Call us today at (812) 725-8224.
Protecting Your Rights
Regrettably, the system isn’t perfect. Mistakes, faulty testimony, and coerced confessions are all factors that have led to wrongful convictions. Sometimes, mistakes can be traced back to a person’s arrest. If an arresting officer did not have probable cause to search a person or his property, or if evidence was mishandled, it should not be used.
In addition, many appeals have arisen because the court made an error in sentencing. Indiana and Kentucky laws specify sentencing guidelines for particular offenses, providing a general range – sometimes with a maximum and minimum penalty. If a defendant is found guilty of criminal charges, the judge then decides what the sentence will be by considering factors such as the defendant’s character, criminal record, family situation, and other circumstances.
Having an experienced advocate on your side can help ensure that your case is handled fairly, from investigation through sentencing.
Your Personal Record
Anyone who has been arrested for or charged with a crime could encounter a number of negative consequences. A conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol could cause a person’s car insurance premiums to skyrocket – and if the offender has a joint insurance policy with family members, those other drivers might be subject to higher premiums, too. A criminal record could also disqualify people from working for some businesses, from renting a car, or from living in a rental home or apartment.
Teenagers and young people sometimes fail to understand the consequences of their actions, and a lapse in judgment could follow them well into adulthood. Even a minor drug conviction could reduce or compromise one’s ability to receive federal financial aid for college, which in turn could make a college education unattainable for some young people.
Fortunately, there is some recourse for teens, and for adults, with criminal records. Indiana and Kentucky laws allow people with arrest or conviction records to file a petition for expungement, in some instances. The terms of expungement vary, depending on individual state laws, but it is a pain-free process that can really benefit most people. To learn more about this process, call us today: (812) 725-8224.