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How soon do I need a Criminal Defense Attorney after received a citation or being arrested?

Being arrested and charged with a crime is a frightening experience.  The consequences of a conviction may interrupt your whole life.  Initial contact by law enforcement in a criminal matter may not be through an arrest.  You may be contacted by an officer, trooper, or deputy investigating a charge. This contact may be made by telephone, or in the alternative, police may visit your home. If you are not home, a detective may leave their business card with instructions to contact them.  Contact our criminal defense lawyers BEFORE you return the call.  Speaking to detectives without representation can lead to misunderstandings and harmful consequences.  Individuals may not recognize the legal import of seemingly harmless statements. If law enforcement is planning on making an arrest, immediately exercising your right to counsel could very well be the best decision you ever make.

The criminal defense lawyers at Hoffman Walker & Smith  serve Boone, Campbell, Kenton, Grant, Gallatin, Carroll, Owen, and Pendleton Counties in Northern Kentucky.

Why do I need a criminal defense lawyer?

Having a criminal conviction on your record will have a long-standing negative effect on both you and your family. A person convicted of a felony will face the social stigma of being known as a felon. You may also face the loss of gun ownership rights, professional licenses, difficulty in finding future employment, difficulty in leasing apartments, eviction from public housing, and ineligibility for educational loans.

Minimizing the negative effects and consequences of criminal arrest and charges is our goal.  You need a Northern Kentucky Criminal Defense attorney with vast experience in the local court system.  At Hoffman Walker and Smith we bring experience as a prosecutor and defense attorney.  We are committed to presenting your best defense, and stand ready to assist you.  Our criminal defense attorneys will give you the personalized attention and accessibility you need during a difficult time. We will fight for your rights and interests and work diligently to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family.  Contact us now to bring our experience to bear for you.

Public Intoxication

In Kentucky it is a crime to be intoxicated in a public place.  If you are intoxicated in a public place to the extent that you annoy or endanger those around you then you can be charged with alcohol intoxication or public intoxication.


If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substances call the attorneys at Hoffman Walker & Smith today.

Traffic Violations

In Boone, Kenton, Carroll, Owen, Grant, Gallatin, and Campbell Counties in Kentucky traffic citations are dispensed based on violations of Kentucky traffic laws observed by a law enforcement officer.

Drug Crimes

Drug possession and trafficking are serious criminal charges in Kentucky carrying a wide range of punishments from probation to lengthy prison sentences, depending on the amount of the drug.

Forged Prescription

If you are charged with criminal possession of a forged prescription call the Northern Kentucky Criminal Attorneys at Hoffman Walker & Smith.

Credit Card Crimes

In Kentucky, possession of a credit card belonging to another and actual use of it are two different crimes.


If you are charged with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument or Forgery you could face anywhere from a fine, probation, or years in prison.

Identity Theft

If you have been charged with Theft of Identity in Northern Kentucky, you need the services of a Northern Kentucky Criminal Attorney.

Receiving Stolen Property

If you are charged with Receiving Stolen property in Boone, Campbell, Kenton, Grant, Carroll, Owen, or Gallatin Counties you should contact a Northern Kentucky Criminal Attorney at Hoffman Walker and Smith.

Court Systems

Boone County has three circuit court judges and two district court judges.  One of the Circuit court judges is a family law judge.

Criminal Justice System

When you face criminal charges in the Commonwealth of Kentucky you should be familiar with the Kentucky Criminal Justice system.


Sentencing is one of the most important parts of the criminal process. Sentencing comes after a guilty plea has been entered.


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Hoffman Walker & Smith is located in Florence, KY and serves clients in and around Erlanger, Florence, Ft Mitchell, Burlington, Union, Hebron, Independence, Walton, Covington, Kenton, Latonia, Petersburg, Newport, Morning View, Verona, Fort Thomas, Bellevue, Silver Grove, Dayton, Boone County, Campbell County, Gallatin County, Grant County, Kenton County and Pendleton County.

The information and materials on this Web site are provided for general informational purposes only, and are not intended to be legal advice. We attempt to provide quality information, but the law changes frequently, and varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The information and materials provided are general in nature, and may not apply to a specific factual or legal circumstance. An attorney and client relationship should not be implied. Nothing on this Web site is intended to substitute for the advice of an attorney; therefore, if you require legal advice, please consult with a competent attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.