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What happens when you face criminal charges

On Behalf of | Nov 2, 2020 | Criminal Defense |

Having prosecutors file criminal charges against you in Kentucky can be overwhelming. Whether the alleged activities involve drugs and alcohol, robbery or white-collar crimes, the process can move quickly. We often fight for the rights of clients facing misdemeanor or felony charges.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, prosecutors and courts handle misdemeanor and felony charges differently. Felonies may get pled down to less serious offenses, and unjustified charges might get dismissed, depending on the unique conditions of your case. Understanding the evidence against you is crucial when deciding the approach to your case.

Know if there are additional charges

The prosecutor may have several options available when filing charges. If you have prior convictions or uncharged offenses, the context of your case could make more severe punishment seem reasonable. The prosecutor may send a document notifying you of the intent to recommend an increased sentence or fine upon conviction, based on your past activities.

Understand that charges can change

The prosecutor may determine that you have not committed a crime after taking a closer look at the case. It is also possible that paperwork is missing, an alleged victim’s injuries are unknown or more investigation is necessary.  The prosecutor may drop the charges and refile them at any time during the statute of limitations. They could also dismiss, scratch or vacate charges after further investigation.

The most important parts of your case occur outside the courtroom. Taking an active role in your defense by being available and cooperative, asking questions and learning about the legal process can help craft a strategy that results in the reduction or dismissal of charges.