Were you recently charged with a crime in Oldham County, KY? Criminal charges can turn your life upside down. It’s never too early to start building a strong defense. An experienced Oldham County criminal defense lawyer at Suhre & Associates, LLC can help you through this.
Collectively, our lawyers have over 100 years of experience assisting clients like you fight criminal charges. We know the system and are prepared to fiercely advocate to protect your rights.
We have a proven track record of providing aggressive and effective legal advice to clients across Oldham County, Kentucky. Call our law offices today to schedule a free consultation to learn more.
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How Suhre & Associates, LLC Can Help if You Were Arrested for a Crime in Oldham County, KY
Innocent people in the United States are arrested every day for crimes they didn’t commit. Prosecutors and police regularly overcharge people with offenses they can’t prove. You don’t have to take the allegations lying down.
From the moment you become a suspect, prosecutors will do anything they can to make you look guilty. Don’t make it easier for them by talking.
Remember that you have the right to remain silent. That means you can decline to answer their questions–and let your attorney do the talking.
Our experienced Oldham criminal defense lawyers can help by:
- Determining whether your arrest was legal–we’ll work to get your case dismissed if the police lacked probable cause
- Fighting to have illegally obtained evidence thrown out
- Identifying any and all violations of your constitutional rights
- Negotiating to get the charges against you downgraded or dropped if possible
- Conducting a full investigation to gather all of the evidence in your case–including evidence that can poke holes in the prosecutor’s case
- Helping you understand whether accepting a plea bargain is a smart move in your case
When you walk into the courtroom, expect the prosecutors to have enough evidence to make you look guilty. Our experienced Oldham County criminal defense lawyers are here to give you the best chance of leveling the playing field. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help.
We Handle All Types of Criminal Matters in Oldham County
Make no mistake: if you’ve been arrested, you need a lawyer who’s focused on criminal defense. That can be hard to find scrolling through a general lawyer directory. You don’t want a lawyer who dabbles in criminal law.
At Suhre & Associates, LLC, criminal defense is all we do. Criminal matters have been our primary focus since our founding days. We know the criminal justice system in Kentucky inside and out. We also know the prosecutors and judges–and we understand how they’ll approach your case.
That in-depth experience gives us a unique edge when it comes time to build your defense.
We handle all criminal matters in Oldham County, including:
- Repeat offender DUI
- Drug crimes
- Assault and battery
- Domestic violence
- Federal crimes
- Juvenile crimes
- Murder and violent crimes
- Restraining orders
- Sex crimes
- Theft crimes
- Violations of probation or parole
- Weapons charges
- White collar crimes
- And more
Our lawyers can also help you through the process of obtaining an expungement or having your records sealed.
There is no such thing as a minor crime–even if you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor. Prosecutors and judges in Kentucky have little patience for repeat offenders, and any criminal conviction can haunt you for years to come.
Overview of Our Kentucky Criminal Defense Practice Areas
Our extensive criminal defense practice areas in Kentucky include:
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can land you in jail. You’ll also face steep financial penalties, and you can lose your driver’s license–not to mention the impact on your insurance rates. If you’re arrested on DUI charges, it’s important to fight back.
Contrary to what you might believe, there’s plenty of room for law enforcement to make mistakes in a DUI case. Evidence is often unreliable. Officers can make mistakes conducting field sobriety testing. Our lawyers will identify any errors that can be used to your advantage–but it’s critical to start from the very beginning.
As drug laws are relaxed across the country, you might think Kentucky judges will be inclined to let you off the hook. That’s almost never the case. Whether you’ve been arrested for marijuana possession or drug trafficking, you’ll need a strong defense team in your corner.
Conviction on sex crimes charges can destroy your reputation. An arrest for rape, child pornography, or sexual misconduct can follow you for years. Conviction can lead to lifetime sex offender registration. You need to launch your defense quickly to counter these and other consequences.
Theft crimes, including shoplifting, burglary, and robbery, call your general trustworthiness into question. Employers, landlords, and even bank lenders might question whether you can be trusted.
Were you arrested in Oldham County, Jefferson County, or Henry County? Call us today for a free case review.
What are the Penalties for a Criminal Conviction in Oldham County, Kentucky?
The precise penalty will depend upon the grading of your charge. It’s critical to start building your defense immediately, regardless of whether you’ve been arrested on felony or misdemeanor charges. Conviction can harm your future in ways that can be difficult to imagine at the outset.
It might be tough for a lawyer right out of the University of Kentucky or University of Louisville Brandeis school of law to defend your rights. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can use every stage of the criminal process to minimize the impact of the allegations against you.
Penalties for a Felony Conviction in Oldham County, Kentucky
In Kentucky, felonies are crimes that are punishable by at least one year in jail.
The Kentucky sentencing guidelines dictate the maximum possible prison sentence that a judge can assign, as follows:
- Class A Felony. Class A felonies are the most serious crimes imagineable, and include offenses like murder and rape of a young child. People convicted of Class A felonies face between 20 and 50 years or life in prison.
- Class B Felony. Class B felonies are also extremely serious, and include crimes such as rape and manslaughter. If convicted on Class B felony charges, you’ll face between ten and 20 years in prison
- Class C Felony. A Class C felony conviction carries between five and ten years in prison. Assault, drug trafficking, and credit card fraud involving more than $10,000 are all offenses that can be charged as a Class C felony.
- Class D Felony. Conviction on Class D felony charges carries between one and five years in prison. Examples of Class D felonies include stalking, possession of a controlled substance and certain illegal firearm possession charges.
In addition, fines for a felony conviction can range from $1,000 to $10,000.
Remember, it’s also possible that the prosecution could charge you with multiple offenses. It’s possible that you could face more serious jail time. You could also face an additional period of post-incarceration supervision once you’ve been released from prison.
Penalties for a Misdemeanor Conviction in Oldham County, Kentucky
Misdemeanor charges in Kentucky can be punished with both financial penalties and jail time.
You might be subject to the following penalties for a misdemeanor:
- Class A misdemeanors: $500 in fines and between 90 days to one year in jail
- Class B misdemeanors: $250 in fines and up to 90 days in jail
- Violations: $250 in fines
Most misdemeanors are eligible for expungement after a certain amount of time has passed. That doesn’t mean you should take the charges lightly. Even a low-grade misdemeanor will remain on your criminal record for years. DUIs, for example, cannot be removed from your record until ten years have passed.
What Defenses Can Be Raised if I’m Accused of a Crime?
Your criminal defense attorney’s job is to examine your case from every angle to make sure you have the strongest possible defense.
Some potential defenses that can be raised if you’re accused of a crime:
- Lack of intent
- Insufficient evidence
- Illegally obtained evidence, which can be thrown out
- Miranda violations, so that statements you made while in custody may be inadmissible
- Mistaken identity
- Racial or ethnic bias
Our attorneys in Oldham County will conduct our own investigation to make sure we have the facts. We’ll listen to your side of the story and ensure your voice is heard. You have rights. We’ll use our legal experience to force the prosecution to respect those rights.
Schedule a Free Consultation With an Oldham County Criminal Defense Lawyer
When your freedom and future are at stake, your best chance of success is to hire an experienced Oldham County criminal defense lawyer. At Suhre & Associates, LLC, our lawyers are dedicated to developing a powerful defense for every client we take on.
If you or a loved one have been charged with a crime in La Grange or elsewhere in Oldham County, call our law firm for a free consultation today.