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Criminal Defense

ATTENTION:

If you are charged with a crime, you have the right to have your attorney present at every proceeding and during any questioning by police or the prosecution.

Don't risk facing a criminal charge alone!

Felonies are Forever

If you have been arrested for a felony, you should immediately seek the assistance of legal counsel. A felony conviction will affect the rest of your life. Your ability to secure a job will be significantly impaired. You can also be stripped of your right to vote and bear arms, among other things.

Generally speaking, a felony is a crime for which a sentence may be more than one year in prison. In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, there are four classes of Felonies with varying sentences associated with each:

Class A: At least twenty (20) but not more than fifty (50) years.
Class B: At least ten (10) but not more than twenty (20) years.
Class C: At lease five (5) but not more than ten (10) years.
Class D: At least one (1) but not more than five (5) years.

Do not face a felony without the advice of an attorney. Felony convictions can involve mandatory minimum sentences, habitual felony offender status and other negative consequences.

Many sex crime convictions will require a lifetime of registration as a registered sex offender. Additionally, many drug convictions will disqualify you and your family from public housing and can affect your ability to receive government assistance for furthering your education.

If you have been arrested for a felony, The Law Office of Jessica Fox Flinn, PLLC urges you to speak with an attorney immediately to discuss your defense and preserve your rights. Call us at (270) 226-1103 today for a free consultation.

Misdemeanors are Nothing Minor

A misdemeanor may sound like a minor offense, but do not underestimate the implications it may have on your life, ability to work, and privilege to drive. Misdemeanors can carry with them a maximum sentence of one year in a County Jail, but can also entail things such as probation, fines, court costs, and other court mandated classes and requirements. Misdemeanor convictions can also affect you down the road through enhanced sentences if you are ever to find yourself in trouble again.

Generally speaking, a misdemeanor is a crime for which the sentence may be less than 1 year in jail. In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, there are two classes of misdemeanors.

Class A: Maximum Imprisonment between ninety (90) days and twelve (12) months.
Class B: Maximum Imprisonment less than ninety (90) days.
Violation: Fine only or any other punishment other than imprisonment or death.

If you have been arrested for a misdemeanor, you should seek the advice of an attorney immediately to discuss the options available to you, preserve your rights and evaluate for possible motions to suppress or dismiss. The Law Office of Jessica Fox Flinn, PLLC can help you through the complicated criminal law process. Call (270) 226-1103 today for a free consultation.

Criminal Law: Frequently Asked Questions

Do I actually need a lawyer?

Yes, in most cases. You can either hire an attorney or one will be appointed by the State. You can proceed pro se, but it is not an advisable course. We will answer your questions without obligation and without charge so that you can make that decision. However, generally speaking, many cases involve difficult legal and factual issues which can best be sorted out by an attorney who is trained in handling criminal matters. Further, without an attorney, the Police and Prosecutor are able to continue to build a case without you having someone to defend your rights. This often has long-term, irreversible and damaging effects on an individual's case. Let's be clear, the State Prosecutors do not have any concern for your well-being and are not looking to protect your best interests, they are looking to convict you of the crime you have been charged with. That is where The Law Office of Jessica Fox Flinn, PLLC, can help make the difference.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Does your firm offer a free initial consultations?

Absolutely. Here at The Law Office of Jessica Fox Flinn, PLLC, we will be happy to discuss your case with you. There is never a charge for consultation. Call us at 270-226-1103, and an attorney will be sure to get back to your within 24 hours.

How can you help me? What will your firm do?

If we accept your case, all of our professional resources will be directed to resolving the unique issues involved in your particular case and in obtaining the best possible outcome. This firm is dedicated to serving those who have been accused of committing a crime. It takes very little to accuse - it takes a great deal to defend. If a trial becomes necessary, rest assured that you, as our client, will be well prepared.

What do your services cost?

Various payment methods are available to retain our services. The first of which is an hourly rate. We decide this hourly rate on a case-by-case basis with due consideration given to the time and complexity involved. However, this can often be expensive and cost-prohibitive to a client. Therefore, other cases are operated under a flat fee agreement. We can discuss which would be the most effective approach given your case.

What are my chances?

This is one of the first things that our clients would like to know. However, even the most experienced criminal defense attorneys would never go about trying to answer this question until they have had an adequate opportunity to fully investigate. Obtaining the underlying facts from the discoverable case information provided by the Prosecutor is necessary to forming an educated opinion. We would be doing a disservice to our clients if we guessed on your chances without all of the information.

Is it possible to settle without having to go to trial?

Yes. The vast majority of cases settle before trial. Quite often negotiations make it clear to a Prosecutor that if they proceed to trial, a jury of your peers could very well return a verdict in your favor, thereby wasting both time and money.

If I have been investigated, what steps should I take to protect my legal rights?

The very first thing we suggest is to contact The Law Office of Jessica Fox Flinn, PLLC for consultation. It is critical that you do not do anything that might adversely affect or prejudice your rights. No statements, written or recorded, should be given to Police or Prosecution.

What should I do after I have been contacted by the Police?

You have a right to refuse to answer any questions. You may be required to identify yourself, but you cannot be required to make statements or answer questions. You should remember that whatever you say to an officer may (and probably will) be used against you if charges are filed at a later time. It is always better to decline to make any statements or answer a questions until after you have consulted with a lawyer.

When should I hire a lawyer?

If you are going to retain legal counsel, you should always do it sooner rather than later. Evidence can spoil or be lost. Often we find witnesses who are more than willing to help at first, then become uncooperative as time passes. Consulting with an attorney during the early stages of the case can help secure evidence and protect certain rights.

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