Have you or a loved one been arrested in Kenton County, Kentucky? The best thing you can do right now is to remain calm and enlist the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
At Suhre & Associates, LLC, we’ve been standing up for and fighting on behalf of the people of Kenton County for years. We know that your future is on the line. We know that a strong defense is the only way to protect it. So, we’re prepared to do everything we can to make that happen.
You probably have a lot of questions. That’s why our Kenton County criminal defense law firm offers a free initial case assessment. Give us a call to schedule yours today. When you sit down with our compassionate team, we’ll listen to your side of the story, review the charges against you, and do our best to address any concerns you might have. It’s important to get started as soon as possible, so call now.
How Will A Kenton County Criminal Lawyer Help Me After My Arrest?
It’s important to understand that the state will invest considerable time and resources into your criminal case. Prosecutors with decades of experience and an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Kentucky criminal justice system will work diligently to win the case in one way or another. That might be by getting you to accept a plea or building a case that is good enough to convince a jury to convict.
The best way to protect yourself and ensure that you secure the best possible outcome in your case is by leveling the playing field. You can do that by trusting the criminal law attorneys at Suhre & Associates with your defense. Here’s what you can expect when you hire our experienced team to lead the way.
We’ll Determine If You Were Arrested Unlawfully
Our law firm was founded by Joe Suhre, who, before becoming an attorney, spent five years working as a police officer. As a former officer, he knows that there are certain limits to what the police can do. There are certain rights that simply can’t be violated. However, he also knows that there are some officers who cross the line.
One of the first things we’ll scrutinize is your arrest. We’ll take our insider knowledge of police procedure and constitutional law and determine if your arrest was lawful. We’ll search for any indicator that you were stopped without reasonable suspicion or arrested without probable cause. If we determine that your arrest was unlawful, we’ll ask the court to dismiss the charges against you. If your arrest was unlawful, the case against you can’t stand. It’s as simple as that.
We’ll Identify Potential Violations of Your Rights
Even if your arrest was conducted in full compliance with the law and respectful of your rights, other police conduct might not have been. You have certain rights that are inalienable – meaning that they’re fundamental and cannot be infringed. This includes the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures and the right to remain silent. We’ll look at police conduct from all angles to determine if they stepped over the line or acted in a way that violated one or more of your rights.
If your rights have been violated, evidence or information secured by the police might be tainted. The state cannot be allowed to benefit from evidence that’s secured as a result of illegal police activity. So, we will immediately file a motion to have any tainted evidence suppressed. This can really hurt the state’s case against you. Without evidence, they might be forced to offer a plea or even throw out the case in its entirety.
We’ll Conduct a Thorough and Exhaustive Investigation
The state will begin to investigate your alleged crime immediately. In fact, the police might have already begun to investigate before you were even arrested. Keep in mind that while prosecutors have to share any evidence they gather as part of the discovery process, they’re not searching for information that clears your name or helps your case. So, the only way to ensure that you get your hands on that type of evidence is by making sure that you can benefit from an investigation, too.
Our attorneys have years of experience leading investigations into the circumstances surrounding our clients’ alleged criminal offenses. We’ll leave no stone unturned as we search for any information that might be beneficial to your defense. As part of our investigation, we will:
- Visit the scene of the crime to see it for ourselves
- Find and interview witnesses
- Review police reports
- Analyze evidence, including crime scene photos, video footage, witness statements, and medical records
- Consult with specialists or professionals who might be able to offer important insight into your case, and
- Identify alternative explanations and/or other suspects in an effort to build doubt as to your role or guilt.
We’ll look at your alleged crime from every angle. We’ll run down every lead and interview anyone who might be able to provide some insight. At the end of the day, our goal is to take the results of our investigation and build a comprehensive and winning defense on your behalf.
You’ll Benefit From Experts, Too
Don’t underestimate how much time, effort, and resources the state will invest into building a criminal case against you. That includes bringing in experts and specialists throughout the criminal proceedings. At Suhre & Associates, we know just how valuable expert input and testimony can be. In fact, it can fundamentally change the course of a criminal case. If the state is going to have experts on its side, so should you.
That’s why our team will bring in experts to help us investigate your case, analyze and explain evidence, and identify weaknesses in the state’s case. This might include:
- Former law enforcement officers
- Firearms and ballistics experts
- Medical doctors
- Breathalyzer experts
- Fingerprint examiners
- Forensic psychologists
- Forensic toxicologists
- Forensic pharmacologists
- DNA testing experts, and more.
If there’s an expert who can bolster your case, we’ll enlist their assistance. We know it can make a huge difference in how your case ultimately unfolds.
We’ll Challenge the State Every Step of the Way
Suhre & Associates takes a two-pronged approach to defending clients. First, we’ll search for exculpatory evidence and do our best to disprove criminal allegations. Second, we’ll challenge the state every step of the way. We’ll challenge evidence and attack its validity. We’ll work diligently to discredit witnesses and reduce the value of any statements or testimony offered against you. We’ll analyze the state’s criminal case, determine where it’s weakest, and do our best to exploit those weaknesses in your favor.
Ultimately, our job isn’t just to prove that you’re not guilty. It’s to undermine the prosecution at every turn and make it as difficult as possible for them to do their job. We’re tenacious and get results. Time and time again, we’re able to get evidence dismissed, charges dropped, and not guilty verdicts in court.
Suhre & Associates represents clients across northern Kentucky. We have offices in Kenton County and Boone County, other convenient locations near Northern Kentucky University and Campbell County, and just across the river in Cincinnati. We’re always available to take your call, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us for assistance when you need it.
We Handle All Criminal Cases in Kenton County, KY
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve just been arrested or have already been charged with a crime. It doesn’t matter if you’re booked for a misdemeanor or a felony or state or federal charges. The Kenton County criminal defense attorneys at Suhre & Associates will be there to lead your defense. We represent clients in all criminal matters, including:
- Domestic Violence
- Drug Crimes
- Federal Crimes
- Restraining Orders
- Sex Crimes
- Sexual Assault
- Theft Crimes
- Weapons Charges
- White Collar Crimes, and more.
Have you already been convicted of a crime? Contact our attorneys in Kenton County to find out if you qualify for an expungement or appeal. Our team will carefully review your case and help you understand all of the legal options that might be available at this time.
Should I Cooperate With the Police or State Prosecutors On My Case?
No. You do not want to make it any easier for the state to build a criminal case against you. And believe us, they’ll try to get you to cooperate. They’ll try to get you to say something that can be taken out of context, twisted, or manipulated and used against you down the line. That can be a disaster and hard to undo.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been Arrested?
So, the best course of action is to simply invoke your right to remain silent. Once you’re arrested, just tell the police that you want to speak with an attorney and then say nothing else. When you have the opportunity, call our Kenton County criminal defense lawyers for help. We’ll take over all communication and discussion with the police and prosecutors. Anything the state wants to relay to you will have to go through us first. We’ll help you make sense of everything and ensure that your rights are protected.
Kenton County Criminal Defense Practice Areas
An assault conviction can change your life forever. Not only does assault carry some severe criminal penalties, but it can also make life difficult for years after you’ve completed your sentence. It can ruin your reputation, cause serious problems in custody battles, and limit your career options. Our assault lawyers will work diligently to prevent a conviction so that these consequences are never a reality for you.
In Kentucky, allegations of domestic violence are always taken seriously. However, allegations aren’t always true. Sometimes they’re made out of spite or the circumstances are exaggerated. Our attorneys will work diligently to disprove the allegations against you. We’ll pick apart your accuser’s statement and testimony, searching for any discrepancies or changes in their story. If the witness can’t be trusted, it will be hard for the state to win.
Prosecutors might try to convince you that the state’s drug case against you is open and shut. What they won’t tell you is that they might be relying on evidence that’s been obtained illegally. It’s a reality for many drug crime cases across the nation. Our attorneys will carefully scrutinize how evidence in your case was obtained and if your rights were violated in the process. We’ll challenge any evidence we believe is tainted. If the evidence is tossed, prosecutors might not have anything to support the criminal charges against you.
A lot can happen between the moment you’re arrested for DUI and formally charged with a crime. There might be a lot of different evidence that goes through a lot of different hands. So, there’s a lot of room for mistakes and errors to happen. Our lawyers will analyze your case from start to finish, searching for those mistakes. Any mistakes can be leveraged in your favor, even possibly helping to get the charges dropped.
Some crimes fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government, rather than the state of Kentucky. Cases before a district court are subject to different laws, rules, and procedures. You’ll need an attorney who is familiar with federal court and knows how to navigate these issues successfully. At Suhre & Associates, we’ve been successfully handling federal matters for years.
A court in Kentucky can issue a restraining order even if there’s no hard proof that allegations of abuse or harassment are true. Many times, they’re issued as a precaution. Subjects of restraining orders will eventually have the right to challenge the validity of the order in court. In the meantime, however, the terms of an order must be respected. Violating a protective order is a serious crime and subject to harsh penalties. Our attorneys are prepared to help you defend yourself if you are accused of violating the terms of a restraining order.
Few crimes are taken more seriously than those of a sexual nature – like sexual assault, child molestation, and rape. However, it’s important to note that cases involving sex crimes often lack substantial evidence. Sometimes they really just boil down to one person’s word against another’s. Our team will work diligently to discredit the allegations against you and, if possible, gather evidence to support the notion that you’re innocent. We’ll work diligently, because we know that a conviction can change your life forever, especially if you’re required to register as a sex offender.
Theft offenses, such as shoplifting and motor vehicle theft, account for most of the crime in Kenton County. However, like many other offenses, evidence in theft cases isn’t always secured in a way that’s legal. Sometimes police cross the line and conduct illegal searches, with the hope that no one looks at their conduct too closely. Our team, of course, will look closely. If we learn that your rights have been violated, we’ll bring that to the court’s attention and petition to have the charges against you dismissed.
Prosecutors in Kentucky are under a lot of pressure to convict when trying violent crimes, such as robbery, homicide, and aggravated assault. The pressure doesn’t just come from the state, but also from victims and their families. That pressure doesn’t mean that the prosecutors will be able to build a solid case, but it will certainly make them do whatever it takes to win. Our attorneys will work just as tirelessly to defend you against allegations of a violent crime. We know that the stakes are incredibly high – you could face years, or even decades, behind bars.
Compared to the rest of the nation, Kentucky has considerably relaxed gun laws. However, having a gun or weapon on you at the wrong time can have serious consequences. If the state believes that you committed a crime and had a weapon at the time, you can face aggravated charges and penalties. It’s important to not only contest the weapons charges, but any underlying or related charges, as well. That’s precisely what you can expect our skilled team to do. We know that a conviction can put your future in jeopardy, as well as potentially strip you of the right to have a weapon, at all.
Our Kenton County Criminal Defense Lawyers Are Here to Help You
Have you or a loved one been arrested or charged with a crime in Covington, Fort Wright, Lakeside Park, or another city in Kenton County, KY? The best course of action is to enlist the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. Contact Suhre & Associates to schedule a free consultation today.
We can review your case, provide a brief overview of your rights and legal options, and answer any questions you have. It’s important to get started on your defense right away, so don’t hesitate to call our Kentucky law firm for help now.