You've Been Arrested...What Do You Do Next?

Being arrested is one of the scariest and most stressful events in a person's life. Being charged with a criminal offense is a frightening experience, not only for the person facing the charge, but for family and friends as well. If you or someone you care about is facing a criminal charge, here's some information you'll want to know:

What penalties am I facing?

If you are convicted of a criminal offense, you could be facing jail time and a fine. According to the Kentucky Revised Statutes, penalties include:

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Class B Misdemeanor

  • 90 Days in Jail

  • $250 Fine

Class A Misdemeanor

  • 12 Months in Jail

  • $500 Fine

Class D Felony

  • 1-5 Years Prison

  • $1,000 - $10,000 Fine*

Class C Felony

  • 5-10 Years Prison

  • $1,000 - $10,000 Fine*

Class B Felony

  • 10-20 Years Prison

  • $1,000 - $10,000 Fine*

Class A Felony

  • 20-50 Years Prison**

  • $1,000 - $10,000 Fine*

* Fines for felony offenses can range from $1,000 - $10,000 or double the gain from the commission of the crime, whichever is greater.

** A Class A Felony can be enhanced to include Life in Prison, Life in Prison without the Possibility of Parole for 25 years, Life in Prison without the Possibility of Parole, and Death.

What do I do now?

The first thing you should do is contact an attorney. An attoney can review the case for defects, negotiate bond, move to suppress evidence, compel discovery, negotiate with the prosecutor, obtain expert witnesses for trial, among other things. As a former Sheriff's Deputy, I am in the unique position to understand both applicable law and defenses as well as police procedure.

Whether you chose to speak with me or another attorney regarding your criminal charge, it is essential that you contact legal counsel. I'm available to my clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone, text, email, or visit. Call or text me at 270-753-1694 or email me at chris@haverstocklaw.com if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment. My initial consultation is free.

I serve clients in Wickliffe and Ballard County; Princeton and Caldwell County; Murray and Calloway County; Bardwell and Carlisle County; Hopkinsville and Christian County; Fulton, Hickman and Fulton County; Mayfield and Graves County; Clinton and Hickman County; Smithland and Livingston County; Eddyville and Lyon County; Paducah and McCracken County; Benton and Marshall County and Cadiz and Trigg County.

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