Richmond, KY, Criminal Defense Attorney

Securing the Best Possible Outcome

Kentucky takes criminal offenses seriously. A conviction can mean not just jail time and fines; it can bring a permanent criminal record that will negatively impact your reputation, career, personal relationships, and the ability to receive housing and educational benefits in the future. If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, you should not attempt to face these charges without help from the best defense team you can find.

Criminal law is complex and involves issues such as determining whether evidence was obtained correctly and whether your constitutional rights have been violated, and there are procedural rules that must be adhered to. The Richmond criminal defense attorneys at Dan Carman, PLLC know the courts, the system, and the tactics prosecutors use to get a conviction, and we are fully prepared to deal with them. We have built working relationships with prosecutors over the years and know how to use them to your advantage. Whether through negotiations, bargaining agreements, or taking cases to trial, we have helped many clients get their charges reduced or dismissed. We will do everything possible to protect your rights and your future.

We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss the circumstances of your charges and determine the best way to help, so call us today to get started building your defense.

Why Choose Our Richmond Criminal Defense Lawyer

There are many attorneys in Kentucky, but when dealing serious criminal charges, you should look for one with the necessary experience, legal knowledge, skills, and resources to get the best results possible. Here are some reasons why we think you should choose Dan Carman to represent you:

We are local Kentucky criminal lawyers with global experience in a wide range of criminal matters. Attorney Dan Carman has represented clients accused of criminal acts that include sex crimes, possession and distribution of drugs, child pornography, larceny, hazing, and obstruction of justice. Dan was also a Judge Advocate “JAG” defense lawyer and prosecuting attorney for Marine Corps and Navy personnel. This experience gives him the advantage of knowing both the prosecution and defense sides of the criminal process.

  • We are recognized. Dan Carman has been named in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers and Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers, and has won an award for the 10 Best attorneys in client satisfaction by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys.
  • We are bilingual, speaking Spanish as well as English.
  • We are available 24/7 for client emergencies.

At Dan Carman, PLLC, we know your rights and the regulations police officers must follow, and how to use mistakes they make to build your case. We look for find weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case and negotiate to get you the best deal possible without a trial, but we are fully prepared to take your case to local, state, or federal court if necessary.

How Our Criminal Defense Lawyers in Richmond Work for You

What happens immediately after your arrest will affect your entire case, so it’s important to get legal assistance right away to avoid making mistakes that can be used against you. When you retain Dan Carman, PLLC, we start working immediately to make sure you get the best defense possible. We will:

  • Meet with you to hear your version of the events leading to your arrest, and look for ways in which there may have been mistaken identity, incomplete evidence, police misconduct, or another explanation of the crime, to determine the best way to build a solid defense
  • Prepare you for all hearings and court appearances and be there for you to prevent you from doing anything to hurt your case
  • Investigate your case thoroughly, interviewing witnesses, examining all evidence and discovering how it and you were handled
  • Negotiate with prosecutors to find ways to have your charges dismissed or lessened
  • Take your case to court to defend you if necessary
  • Handle any appeals.

Richmond Criminal Defense Attorney Handles Multiple Crimes

Dan Carman handles a wide range of criminal matters, and it is important to understand the ramifications of each type of offense if you are facing criminal allegations. Criminal offenses may be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor, and while misdemeanors have lesser penalties, all criminal charges are serious matters, especially if you are a repeat offender.

Felonies. Felonies, the most serious offenses, carry the most severe punishments. In Kentucky, felony crimes are divided into classes that range from A to D.

Class A felonies are considered the most severe. Examples include murder, malicious wounding, certain armed robberies, grand larceny, rape of a child under the age of 12, and certain drug-related crimes. Sentences can range from one year in prison to as much as 50 years or life in prison. 

Class D felonies are less serious crimes such as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, unauthorized credit card use for $500 to $1,000, stalking in the first degree, possession of a controlled substance, and wanton endangerment in the first degree. Punishment may be a prison sentence of one to five years.

Misdemeanors. Examples of misdemeanors include DUI (1st, 2nd, and 3rd offense) and theft of items worth less than $500. Punishment may include one year in a county jail and fines. Prosecutors may convince you that pleading guilty to a misdemeanor is no big deal, but doing so without speaking to a defense lawyer could negatively impact your life in a manner similar to a felony.

Whether your charges involve drunk driving, drugs, weapons, arson, sexual assault, or burglary, having an experienced and skilled attorney at your side can mean the difference between a conviction on the strictest charges or receiving a more favorable outcome.

How our Richmond Criminal Defense Attorney Builds Your Defense

When Dan Carman takes your case, he will review police reports, examine the evidence, read eyewitness accounts of the crime, and look for the best defense strategy in your individual situation. He will challenge the validity and sufficiency of the prosecution’s evidence and look for misconduct by prosecutors or police officers or failure to handle evidence properly.

If your rights have been violated, such as by illegal search and seizure of your home, car, clothing, or person, failure to obtain a warrant for entry, obtaining an improper confession, or failure to have your “Miranda Rights” read at the time of the arrest, evidence may be deemed invalid.  In addition, there are possibilities of insufficient or tainted evidence, mistaken identity, unreliable witnesses, or the fact that you were somewhere else at the time and you are innocent.

Whatever the violation, we will suppress illegally obtained evidence and negotiate with prosecutors to have your charges reduced or your case dismissed. If your case goes to trial, we will handle everything from discovery to arguing your case in front of a judge and jury to fight for the best outcome possible. We have trial experience ranging from perjury to harassment, identity theft to probation violations, and everything in between.

Get Help with Criminal Charges

If you or your loved one was charged with a criminal offense in Kentucky, get help from a dedicated Richmond criminal defense lawyer.  At Dan Carman, PLLC, we have a proven track record of successfully defending clients against criminal allegations, and we are committed to providing you with the best defense possible. Having our skilled and experienced legal team by your side can make all the difference in securing a favorable outcome in your case.

Your future is too important to risk, so call Dan Carman today at 859-685- 10555 to begin building your defense.