Are Kentucky Courts Closed?

No. Kentucky courts are open. The clerks of all courts throughout the state are accepting filings via eFiling system or by mail. The judges are in the office, secretaries schedule hearings and the clerk’s are accepting filings. The physical courthouse buildings have very limited access during the Covid-19 pandemic and current Governor’s orders, but many of the hearings are still taking place.

That said, courts are considered as an essential operation. Criminal cases involving persons incarcerated have rights to hearings and bond. As such, those cases are moving forward, generally via video from the detention center. Some other cases are being held via Zoom or Skype hearings for status, plea or sentencing.

Some Family law cases are being heard and the type of hearing varies by county and by judge. All cases of domestic violence are proceeding to protect the victims as well as rights of the accused. While investigations have dropped, cases of abuse and neglect are also moving forward. Most of these hearings are being held telephonically or via Zoom/Skype.

If you have questions, contact your attorney. Hiring an attorney who regularly practices in your county is essential to getting the most up to date information about your particular court and upcoming hearings.

If you do not have an attorney and need representation in Northern Kentucky counties of Boone, Campbell and Kenton, contact Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 or email mike@bouldinlawfirm.com.

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Filing for Protective Orders & Domestic Violence

With increase of stay at home Orders and alcohol abuse, there has been an increase in Domestic Violence. The Kentucky Courts remain open for both filing and hearings related to domestic violence allegations. The Courts can issue immediate temporary Orders to protect victims, granting protective orders and often restrictions on contact, exclusive use of the home and custody of children.

Often an EPO or DVO is the initial step to filing for custody or divorce. You can still file for divorce, dissolution, custody and protective orders during the Covid pandemic.

If you have been a victim of domestic violence, you should immediately report to the police, sheriff or other authorities. The police will assist in online filing of and request for EPO, emergency protective order. You will still have a hearing, often within 10 days of the filing. The hearing may take place at the courthouse, or via teleconference, Zoom or Skype. The family courts are using various technologies to continue processing complaints and holding hearings so that the rights of both the victims and accused can be held.

Of course, there are many challenges to using technology in place of traditional hearings, but the basic tenets of the hearings remain the same. The court can only issue an EPO for up to 14 days without giving the accused the right to be heard. As such, the band marches on and hearings are being held.

If you have been a victim, FILE and protect yourself. If you have been accused, you have rights to both a hearing, but should be advised that your testimony in a DV hearing may be used for further action regarding potential criminal charges and may affect custody rights.

If you have a pending hearing, it is strongly advisable to have an attorney. For consultation and representation in Northern Kentucky counties, contact Bouldin Law Firm link, email at mike@bouldinlawfirm.com or call 859-581-6453 (581-MIKE).

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Speeding 100mph? Get an Attorney!

if you have been charged with speeding more than 100mph or 25 over the speed limit, you may lose your license. You should always hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you.

It is highly likely that if speed is more than 25 over limit that in addition to speeding you were also charged with reckless driving, or possibly felony wanton endangerment.

These charges can lead to loss of license, substantial fees and costs, high insurance premiums and possible incarceration.

In Northern Kentucky contact Michael Bouldin by calling 859-581-6453 or email mike@bouldinlawfirm.com. contact here

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