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What To Do If You Are Arrested

If you are arrested, it is generally suggested to exercise your rights.  If you go to court before obtaining an attorney, plead not guilty and ask the judge for a reasonable bond.  You are entitled to have charges read to you and appear before a judge within 2 business days of your arrest. 1. Exercise the right to remain silent.  You should answer general questions about yourself, including your name, dob, ss#, address and employment.  This will help you to obtain a reasonable bond.  You should NOT answer any questions relating to the allegations unless you first speak with an attorney.  Remember, anything you say can and will be held against you. 2. Exercise your right to an attorney.  Tell the officer/investigator that you wish to speak to an attorney.  Then hire a criminal defense attorney.  If you cannot afford an attorney, request a public defender.  This must be done by asking a judge and defendants are generally required to fill out an affidavit showing proof that the defendant is indigent. Your attorney will explain your additional rights, including: 3. Right to confront and cross examine all witnesses who will testify against you.  Additionally, you have the right to see all evidence that they intend to provide.  This includes witness statements, forensic evidence, video evidence, lab tests as well as exculpatory evidence which the state may possess that would tend to show that you are not guilty of the offense.   4. Right to trial, by jury. 5. Right for the state/commonwealth to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. 6. Right to produce evidence you may have to prove your innocence. 7. Right to reasonable bail while awaiting trial.  This may be tricky and varies based on the charges, risk of flight and risk of danger to the community. 8. Right to appeal a conviction. If you are charged with a crime, contact an attorney.  For a consultation in Boone, Campbell, Kenton or Hamilton County, call Michael Bouldin at 859-491-2206 or email to [email protected].

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