How do I get a public defender in Kentucky?
In Kentucky, you will not be appointed a public defender until you ask for one in court. However, if you are brought in for questioning and need a lawyer before your first court date, DPA can come and represent you before appointment. Ask for a phone call and contact your local DPA office.
What does the county attorney do in KY?
County attorneys have prosecutorial jurisdiction over juvenile issues, which include criminal acts, dependency, neglect, and abuse. They also work with judges to issue emergency protective orders in domestic violence cases, handle extraditions, and oversee mental commitments and disability cases.
Why would the commonwealth attorney call me?
The DA is required to call you under the Victim Bill of Rights because this is a domestic violence case. They could get in trouble if they did not do so. They have to send you a victim impact statement, get your position on the case, find out…
What is an assistant commonwealth attorney?
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney – Trial Divisions The Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney is responsible for all aspects of the prosecution of felony and misdemeanor cases in Jefferson Circuit Court, and in any other jurisdiction when appointed as a Special Prosecutor.
Can you apply for a public defender online?
Go to the Online Application to Apply for a Public Defender page on the Public Defender’s website. Click on the document link to open it. Once the document is open, look to the bottom of the screen to see “Open with”. You will have several choices, but choose a pdf reader (i.e., Adobe Reader).
Can public defenders be trusted?
If they can’t afford a lawyer, the big question on most criminal defendants’ minds will be whether they can trust their public defender. Fortunately, for the most part, the answer to that question is yes.
Is a County Attorney a prosecutor?
A. The County Attorney and the Assistant County Attorney are the chief law enforcement officials of the county. The County Attorney is responsible for the direction and control of the prosecutorial function in his or her jurisdiction. The primary responsibility of the prosecutor is to seek and obtain justice.
What is a commonwealth attorney in Kentucky?
Commonwealth’s Attorney is the title given to the elected prosecutor of felony crimes in Kentucky. It is synonymous with the better known terms of District Attorney and State’s Attorney.
Do lawyers talk to the prosecutor?
Yes. Criminal defense attorneys, depending on the circumstances of the case, will sometimes choose to initiate discussions with prosecutors even before charges are filed.