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Do I Need An Attorney?

This is probably the most often asked question of criminal defense attorneys in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and probably everywhere.  My answer is simply, YES.  If my water pipes burst under my home, I don't ask, "Do I need a plumber?"  Unless I am a certified plumber and have fixed pipes in the past, the answer is that indeed, I do need a plumber.   Unless you have a law degree, license to practice and have represented criminal defendants, then your answer is that INDEED, YOU DO NEED A LAWYER.   I do understand that this question typically comes up with respect to relatively minor crimes such as Public Intoxication, Criminal Mischief, Misdemeanor Theft and even DUI.  Those that ask often have no criminal history and know that the punishment may be minor.  That said, nearly all crimes carry the possibility of incarceration. Also, if you do not have a lawyer you will likely be asked to plead guilty.  In Kentucky, paying a fine and/or pleading guilty will result in a finding of guilt.  You will have that criminal conviction on your record for a minimum of five (5) years before you may get it expunged.   If you hire an attorney, you may be able work out a number of alternatives, including pre-trial diversion or mediation, which may keep the charge from becoming part of your permanent record.  If the charge is more serious or you do have any type of prior record, the attorney will discuss possible defenses to the case or may be able to avoid large fines and/or jail time. A number of clients who initially asked if they need a lawyer have also been found NOT GUILTY of the alleged crime.  DUI defendants are perfect example in that there are many defenses to a DUI arrest which may not be known to the defendant.  If you are charged, you should consult with a criminal defense attorney. If you have been charged in Boone, Campbell, Kenton or Hamilton county, call my office for a free consultation.  Quick YouTube Video of Michael Bouldin; or call 859-581-6453 or email at mike@bouldinlawfirm.com .

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