If you were arrested, charged with a crime, or are being investigated, reach out to our Devon criminal defense lawyers as quickly as possible. Do not interact with police or prosecutors before you have professional legal representation.
It is unwise to assume you can handle a criminal matter alone—the system is not designed for that, and the results could be disastrous. Whatever your situation, our skilled criminal defenders can utilize our decades of experience and connections to help you achieve the best possible legal outcome. Reach out today to learn more.
What to Do When You Are Arrested
Being placed under arrest is stressful at best, and it is hard for people in that position to maintain a cool head. It might seem natural to believe that the police will let you go if you tell them your story. The police might even encourage you to believe that.
However, the best and most important thing a suspect could do after an arrest is to say nothing. Suspects need not cooperate with the police and prosecutors, and talking to them without any attorney is far more likely to cause problems than solve them.
Ideally, the accused will stay as calm as possible and tell the police they plan to exercise the right to remain silent. They also should speak with our Devon defense attorneys right away.
A Criminal Defender Protects Your Rights
Law enforcement must have a reason to stop a person or search them or their vehicle. Our attorneys will investigate whether the police had probable cause to detain a suspect. If not, we can petition the court to release someone detained without sufficient cause. Our skilled Devon attorneys have expertise in representing the rights of the accused in many different scenarios, including but not limited to:
- Traffic violations
- Disorderly conduct
- Federal crimes
- Drug and DUI charges
- Domestic violence
- Sex crimes
Accused individuals are entitled to be advised of their rights and to stand on those rights. They must be treated without unnecessary aggression or violence. If a police officer has behaved improperly and abused a suspect physically, we can bring the issue in front of prosecutors and the judge. In some cases, a civil lawsuit seeking damages against the police department might be appropriate.
Explore All Possible Defense Options
There are usually several ways to handle a criminal case. A Devon criminal defense attorney will evaluate the prosecutor’s evidence, speak with the accused, and develop workable options in each scenario.
In some situations, agreeing to accept a plea bargain is the smartest alternative. An accused could avoid the uncertainty of a trial and the possibility of a much harsher sentence. Depending on the circumstances, taking a plea might preserve driving privileges or the right to own a gun, avoid a record as a felon, or eliminate the need to register as a sex offender.
In many cases, a diversion program could be appropriate. Kentucky Revised Statutes §533.250 authorizes all the criminal courts in the Commonwealth to establish diversion programs. If drug or alcohol misuse, mental health issues, or anger management challenges contributed to the situation that led to a suspect’s legal problems, diversion could be the right solution.
Reach Out to a Devon Criminal Defense Attorney for Help with Your Legal Matter
If you were arrested, charged, or are under investigation for a crime, you might not know what to do or where to turn. A Devon criminal defense lawyer can provide you with skilled and aggressive representation that leads to the best result available under the circumstances.
Do not assume you can handle a matter without professional help. Call our office today at the first hint that you may be charged with a criminal offense.