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Experienced And Award-Winning Criminal Law Attorneys

When you are charged with a crime, you have a right to your day in court — but how will you ensure that you are treated fairly and get the best result possible? The criminal defense team at True Guarnieri Ayer, LLP, have the experience, drive and skill to best protect the rights of those facing state or federal criminal charges, no matter how complex the case may be. The proof is in our record of success.

We have seen the impact that criminal charges and convictions have on the lives of people and their families in Frankfort, Central Kentucky and throughout the Commonwealth. We will do everything within our power to carefully understand your concerns, thoroughly investigate your case and prepare a vigorous defense to defend your rights and interests.

Experience And Credibility For Your Case

Through our over 130 years of combined legal experience representing clients charged with state and federal crimes, we have gained a thorough understanding of the state and federal criminal justice system, obtained extensive knowledge and established rapport with Frankfort and Central Kentucky judges and prosecutors, and achieved great results in the toughest and most complex of cases. When you hire us, you are hiring criminal defense attorneys with the experience, drive and skill to obtain the best result possible, either through settlement or jury verdict.

Areas Of Criminal Defense Practice

We take on all criminal defense cases and matters involving a criminal offense, including, but not limited to:

What Happens After An Arrest?

When you get arrested, the police must inform you of your right to remain silent and your right to a criminal defense lawyer. If they don’t, remember you have these rights and take advantage of them. Do not, under any circumstances, talk to the police until you have an attorney present. Ask for a criminal lawyer as many times as you need to get one.

Pretrial Services will interview you, and your bond will be set quickly, normally within 24 hours of arriving at the jail.

Then you will attend an arraignment, which is where a judge will formally read your charges to you.

Depending upon a host of factors, including where the charges originate (state or federal), venue (county or federal district) and your custody status at the time of arraignment (in custody or released on bond), steps after arraignment can vary widely. Therefore, it is very important to contact an attorney with True Guarnieri Ayer, LLP to help you navigate the criminal justice system as soon as possible.

What If The Police Violated My Rights?

If the police mistreat you, stay calm and don’t fight back. Remain silent but be observant. Listen for critical information regarding your case such as witnesses name and contact information, police officers identifying information (name and badge number) and any other information you can obtain without discussing your case or answering questions from police or other government agents. If the police injure you, ask jail staff to take pictures of your injuries or have your attorney come to the jail to take pictures.

Additionally, if you were treated at a medical facility, make sure and request a copy of your medical records. Kentucky patients are entitled by law for a free copy of their medical records the first time they are requested. The criminal defense attorneys at True Guarnieri Ayer, LLP, are here to help people in Franklin County, Anderson County, Scott County, Fayette County, Jefferson County and across Kentucky who have experienced mistreatment.

Should You Accept A Plea Deal Or Go To Trial?

It’s crucial not to agree to a plea negotiation without consulting an attorney and understanding the consequences of that decision completely. There are often hidden conditions to these deals that aren’t always beneficial, and it limits what your attorney can do for you in your case. Remember that you don’t have to agree to a plea deal, and you always have the option to go to trial.

You Have A Right To Be Heard

Start building your defense today by speaking with an attorney at the law firm of True Guarnieri Ayer, LLP. Call us for a free consultation at 502-783-7662send an email or stop by our office in downtown Frankfort to schedule an appointment with J. Guthrie True, Whitney True Lawson or Philip C. Lawson.

We understand the urgency of your situation, and we are available to speak anytime. Your first meeting with us is free.