Do not have any trouble with the law while you are out on bond. Your bail bond can be revoked.
If you are charged with a crime that does not have a preset amount of bail, you must see the judge before you can make bail. Ask your family members to hire a lawyer for you.
If you are charged with an offense that does not have a preset amount of bail, and you hire us, we can often help you get the bail set at an amount that you can make.
After the preliminary hearing, if there is probable cause to believe that you committed the crime, then the case will be sent to the Grand Jury. You may waive your preliminary hearing, which will send your case to the Grand Jury.
The Grand Jury meets in private with the County Attorney, Commonwealth Attorney, police officers and accusing witnesses. The Grand Jury hears testimony. If the Grand Jury finds there is sufficient evidence to believe you committed a crime, they will hand down an indictment. Most cases that go to the Grand Jury result in indictments.
You will then be arraigned in Circuit Court. If you hire us to represent you, we may be able to get you continued on the same bond as before. A pretrial and a trial date will be set. At the pretrial, you, your lawyer and the Commonwealth Attorney may want to engage in plea negotiations. If a plea bargain is not agreed to then your case will go to trial on the felony charges. (See table for sentencing information on felonies).
Depending on the type of felony and any prior offenses, you may be eligible for the following if you plead guilty or are found guilty by a jury.
|KRS 532.060 Sentence of Imprisonment for Felony|
|Class A Felony||20 to 50 years|
|Class B Felony||10 to 20 years|
|Class C Felony||5 to 10 years|
|Class D Felony||1 to 5 years|
|KRS 532.090 Sentence of Imprisonment for Misdemeanor|
|Class A Misdemeanor||up to 12 months|
|Class B Misdemeanor||up to 90 days|
Sentences of one year or less are served in the County Jail. Sentences of over one year are served in the penitentiary, or a county jail approved for felony inmates.
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