Criminal charges carry serious consequences that can jeopardize both your freedom and livelihood. If this is the first time you have been charged with a crime, you may not be familiar with the process. Our dedicated attorneys will review the process with you so there are no surprises.
Working With the Person, Not Just the Crime.
A Florence criminal lawyer never loses sight of the fact that we are here to help the individual. While many attorneys simply strive to collect a fee from a client, our attorneys provide individualized service and are attentive to the needs of our clients on a personal level. We understand that lives are complicated — just because you were charged with a crime, it doesn’t make you a “criminal” in our eyes. If you are struggling with alcoholism or substance abuse, we can connect you with the resources you need to get back on track. We truly strive to help you as a person, beyond the charges you face.
Criminal Defense Lawyers Have Extensive Experience Defending You.
Our Florence criminal attorneys specialize in many areas of defense, including:
- Cyber Crimes
- Disorderly Conduct & Alcohol Intoxication
- Drug Possession & Trafficking
- Kentucky DUI
- Felony & Misdemeanor Expungements
- Federal Criminal Charges
- Homicide & Murder
- Identity Theft
- Misdemeanor & Felony Assault
- Ohio OVI
- Ohio Physical Control Violations
- Probation & Parole Violations
- Post-conviction Remedies
- Sex crimes
- Theft & Shoplifting Crimes
- Traffic Violations
Step 1: Case Evaluation
Being charged with a crime is one of the most stressful experiences an individual can endure. The potential consequences can be devastating to an individual and their family. From losing driving privileges, a professional license, the ability to earn an income, right to vote, deportation, fines, or the ultimate – losing your freedom, our experienced criminal defense team is acutely aware of these realities.
Our trusted process has led to countless acquittals, dismissals, and most importantly – individuals getting their life back. We know each case is different therefore each case receives the individualized attention it deserves.
It starts with the initial case evaluation. We will meet at the office, over the phone, or go to the jail to get as much information about your case as possible.
If your case has media attention, our team will get to work winning in the court of public opinion.
If you are currently in jail, our criminal defense team will collect the necessary information, evaluate the pre-trial recommendations, and coordinate with family or friends to present the optimal bond reduction argument to the court.
We will give you all the information you need to know regarding the collateral consequences your specific charge may bring. Possibilities include:
- Right to Vote
- Right to Possess a Firearm
- Loss of Professional License
- Loss of Driver’s License
- Financial Impacts
- Forfeiture of Property
Step 2: Investigation
In the investigation phase, we will diligently and collaboratively use our over many years of experience to find the flaws in the government’s case. During the investigation phase, we will:
- Conduct witness interviews;
- Legal Research;
- Evaluate all documentation, test results, police reports, body cam or audio recordings, and “turn every stone” in pursuit of protecting our client’s fundamental rights;
- Determine if a private investigator or expert forensic analysis is necessary to properly defend the government’s allegations; and
- Client meetings to discuss, evaluate, and spend as much time necessary to formulate a strategy going forward.
Step 3: Litigation
Our seasoned trial attorneys aren’t afraid of a fight. No matter the issue, our Florence criminal defense team will be prepared to advocate for your rights. Once we have identified a legal issue, we will file the necessary pre-trial motions to get the case dismissed or evidence suppressed. Simply put, law enforcement must follow the Constitution in all aspects of a criminal investigation and we make sure they do.
If after reviewing the evidence, filing evidentiary motions, and exhausting plea negotiations, we are left with no choice but to go to trial. Trials are won in the days, weeks, and months leading up to your one and only day in court. Our lawyers work as if every case is going to trial, which means that we are always prepared.
Step 4: Damage Control
Sometimes our clients are placed in a no-win situation since their choice is to accept a plea deal or risk facing much harsher penalties if convicted at trial. Our attorneys will do everything in our power to mitigate the punishment for our clients. Some examples include:
- Acceptance into a diversion (community service) program
- Performing counseling or drug rehabilitation instead than a criminal conviction
- Probation rather than jail or prison sentence
- Understanding the law and the important differences similar crimes have on parole eligibility
- Entering into mental health court or drug court programs
- Getting traffic school or traffic diversion program
Protect Your Rights with a Florence Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are facing criminal charges, it is important to hire an experienced Florence criminal lawyer as soon as possible who can protect your rights and minimize the negative consequences for your work, family or education. At Busald Funk Zevely, P.S.C., we are dedicated to providing you with an aggressive defense. After thoroughly investigating your case, we will fully counsel you in making the best decision for your particular situation. If necessary, we will consult with other skilled professionals, including private investigators, forensic psychiatrists and expert witnesses to get to identify any weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. Contact our experienced team today to discuss your court case.