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What If I Don't Have Money To Hire A Lawyer?

In Northern Kentucky, as elsewhere around the county this is unfortunately one of the most often asked questions in the legal field today. If you are in criminal trouble, you are entitled to a lawyer to be appointed if you cannot afford an attorney. This is only the case after the court has made a determination, based on the Defendant's affidavit, that the Defendant cannot afford counsel. If the person has assets or a job, the Court is not required to appoint counsel. A Public Defender, also known as Public Advocate, may be appointed if you qualify. More importantly, if you are the subject of an investigation or you may be charged, there is no right to counsel... only the right to remain silent. If you are trying to determine whether to cooperate with the police or whether to remain silent, you must hire your own attorney to assist in making that determination. If you can afford bond, there is a presumption that you can afford to hire your own attorney. In Kentucky, the attorney may request a Bond Assignment. This is used if you do not have the money to both bond out and pay the attorney. The bond will be released to the attorney at the conclusion of the case instead of being returned to the surety. Other avenues which I often suggest to clients is to ask for help from friends and family. Many times family will be willing to aid with legal fees regardless of how mad they may be that the Defendant put himself in a bad position. Additionally, friends, particularly those who may have been involved with issues leading to the arrest, may be willing to assist in the cost of the legal defense. For more information, see my website. Finally, do not forget that many attorneys will accept credit cards. My office accepts MasterCard, Discover, Visa and American Express (AmEx) in order to facilitate clients paying their legal fees. If you need to discuss your case with an attorney, contact Michael Bouldin at mwbouldin@fuse.net or call 859-581-6453.

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