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Help, I Got Arrested at Kentucky Speedway!

If you got arrested at or leaving the Kentucky Speedway this weekend, you are not alone. With the NASCAR series in Sparta, Kentucky the crowd is expected to exceed 125,000. Many of those will be drinking, driving and some may behave poorly. As such, there will be many tickets, citations and arrests in connection with the races. Kentucky Speedway is in Sparta, Kentucky which is located in Gallatin County. If you are arrested, the chances are that you will be noticed to appear in the Gallatin County courthouse in Warsaw. Warsaw is a couple of miles down 35 from Sparta. If you were headed north on 71 or 75, you may get pulled over in Boone or Kenton County. The local prosecutor in Gallatin County, Spike Wright, is a good and fair man who has ties to the community and is considerate to local defense attorneys. Having practiced law in Northern Kentucky for over 16 years, it is truly one of the most friendly courthouses in the state. Most cases will be misdemeanor cases: DUI, AI for alcohol intoxication, DC is disorderly conduct, PI is public intoxication and Open Container are the most common citations. The NEW law requires police to issue citations for misdemeanor offenses unless there is a refusal to respond to instructions or if the person is a danger to himself or others. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, you will have two options at your initial appearance: plead guilty or plead not guilty. There is no no contest plea in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. If you plead not guilty, the matter will be set for a pretrial conference at a later time and either concluded there with a plea deal or set for trial by judge or jury. If you are from out of town and are cited to court, a local attorney should be able to handle many matters without the necessity of your appearance. Due to the new law, many out of town residents will be cited to court for misdemeanor violations. If the case is more serious, a local attorney will be able to minimize the appearances necessary. If you have been charged with a felony, the case is much more serious and you should retain a local criminal defense attorney to aid with your case and represent you. Knowledge of the law is essential, but experience with the local courts, judges and prosecutors is often equally beneficial to the criminal defendant. If you have been arrested and have questions or wish to schedule a consultation, you can contact Mike Bouldin at mwbouldin@fuse.net or call 859-581-6453 (581-MIKE).

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