Why trust the Morrin Law Office?
So, you've been charged and now you must separate the wheat from the chaff to choose a qualified criminal defense lawyer to protect your interests. Do you go with the firm that boasts opening its doors in the early 1900s (when none of their current attorneys were even alive)? Perhaps you choose the same attorney someone you know used? The best way to choose a criminal defense attorney is to spend 15 minutes speaking with at least three different attorneys. We are confident that once you do, you will notice the difference between Morrin Law Office and the rest. From the one-on-one attorney face time our clients receive, to the accessibility of our staff, to the proven satisfaction of a multitude of clients, our clients know the difference is clear. Schedule a free confidential consultation today and place your trust in the best. If you want quality legal representation without feeling like another number, then call us today.
Even for crimes that carry a low penalty, hiring a defense attorney has clear advantages over facing the charge alone and deciding to plead guilty without a lawyer’s advice. Our knowledge of criminal law and procedure allows us to not only negotiate with prosecuting attorneys, but keep you informed about the case while managing your expectations regarding possible results. If applicable to your specific case, we may also have your bond reduced, gather evidence needed for your defense, assist you in entering a diversion program, and more."
We provide quality criminal defense representation for felonies, misdemeanors, drug charges, record expungements, juvenile offenses, and traffic offenses such as DUI (DWI).
An active member of the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a member of the National College for DUI Defense, a former student-intern with the Kentucky Innocence Project, and a Top 40 Under 40 Attorney in Kentucky according to the National Trial Lawyers, Robert Morrin provides well-trained and experienced representation to protect his clients' interests when facing misdemeanor or felony charges in district and circuit courts throughout Kentucky.
Morrin Law Office handles many different types of criminal defense cases. Some examples include:
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What People Are Saying
"After two years of false starts and nerve-wracking application denials, the Morrin Law Office was a breath of fresh air. The friendly professionalism of the staff put me at peace immediately, and reassured me of their abilities to help me when so many others refused to. They worked hard to make the whole process as stress-free as possible, and oftentimes it felt as if I was being consulted by an old friend."
Tips for Interacting with Police Officers
It is a natural reaction to try to defend yourself when a police officer is charging you with a crime. So why shouldn’t you speak up? The short answer is because, regardless of your good intentions or factual innocence, speaking with an officer when you are, or may be, charged with a crime will not help you in almost every case. It usually works to the detriment of the naive defendant to speak with an officer regarding a possible or pending criminal charge. Further, it's your Fifth Amendment right to not be forced into witnessing against yourself.
"No, thank you, Officer."
What about telling an officer “no” when he/she asks you to do something? As long as the officer is asking you and not commanding you to do something, then you may respond with a "no." If you are unsure as to whether or not you are being detained or if you have a choice in the matter then simply ask the officer if you have a choice or if you are being detained.
Police officers have the right to conduct a search if they see a crime occurring or if they obtain a warrant based on probable cause or reasonable suspicion that a crime is occurring or has occurred. Under either circumstance, the search is supposed to be confined only to the area where evidence of a crime could be held (drugs, weapon, etc). The scope of a search is generally supposed to be very narrow. If an officer asks you if he or she may search your vehicle, pat you down, etc., he or she is asking because there is no probable cause or reasonable suspicion. You do NOT have to consent to the search. Rarely, if ever, is this actually beneficial to you. If you consent to a search and illegal items are found, you may be placed under arrest and the items obtained in the search may be used against you.
The officer is NOT required to tell you that the search is optional. Officers know this and try to make it sound like the search is mandatory or pressure you into agreeing although they are technically asking. They will usually accept anything other than a refusal as your consent to the search (example: saying “I guess so” or “if you have to” will probably provide sufficient consent). Therefore, it is generally best to politely and clearly refuse an officer’s search request.
Felonies & Misdemeanors
"People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for."
-Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird
If you have ever been the subject of a traffic stop and tried to explain yourself, then you probably understand this quote better than most. Police officers have difficult jobs and most do their best to procure justice. However, it is important to understand that when they suspect a crime they usually believe their suspicions and will attempt to prove them correct. If you trust our criminal justice system enough to think your innocence will prevent a conviction then you haven't worked in the criminal justice system.
Facing criminal charges is an intimidating situation for everyone. You may be concerned with your reputation, occupation, personal relationships, and the loss of your liberty. We will carefully review your case to determine how best to preserve your legal and constitutional rights while obtaining a favorable outcome on your behalf. Depending on the specific circumstances of your situation, we will facilitate diversion, work with prosecutors to reduce or dismiss charges, negotiate sentences, or formulate defenses and proceed to trial. Throughout your case, we will answer any questions you may have regarding Kentucky’s criminal procedure and the effects of the charge(s) on your life.
Kentucky has four classes of felonies: Class A felonies are punishable by 20 years to life imprisonment, Class B felonies are punishable by 10-20 years imprisonment, Class C felonies are punishable by 5-10 years imprisonment, and Class D felonies are punishable by 1-5 years imprisonment. These are general guidelines and sentences may be increased due to aggravated circumstances such as being a Persistent Felony Offender.
Kentucky has two classes of misdemeanors: Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to 12 months imprisonment and Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to 90 days imprisonment.
You may also be facing a fine in addition to a prison sentence if convicted.
Drug charges can result in penalties that range from fines and a few days in jail to years behind bars. Mr. Morrin has the experience to know what aspects of your case to challenge at trial and what aspects of your case to negotiate with the prosecuting attorneys.
Mr. Morrin knows that every case is unique, and will give your case the time and attention it needs in order to seek the best and most realistic outcome.
Certain misdemeanors or traffic violations are eligible for expungement. If you have a prior misdemeanor or traffic violation and have not had any subsequent convictions, or if you were acquitted or your case was dismissed with prejudice, you may be eligible for expungement. Expunging a record makes it as though the charge or conviction never occurred.
If a past mistake is preventing you from applying for a job or volunteering at your child’s school, give Morrin Law Office a call to discuss whether an expungement is an available option for you.
As of July 2016, Certain Class D Felonies are now available for Expungement as well.
As a Kentucky DUI lawyer, Mr. Morrin has represented countless DUI defendants to secure either a dismissal of the charge, an amendment of the charge to a lessor offense, or by securing the minimum penalty when necessary and beneficial to his clients. Driving under the influence is a serious charge with serious consequences.
Driving under the influence (DUI) in Kentucky is an enhanceable offense which means if you do it twice within the lookback period (5 years in Kentucky) then the penalties you face for the second violation in that time will be more severe than the penalties you were facing for your first DUI. The following is a summary of the basic DUI penalties in Kentucky:
License Suspension Fine Incarceration Crime Classification
First Offense: 30-120 Days $200-$500 48 Hrs.-30 Days Class B Misdemeanor
Second Offense: 12-18 Months $350-$500 7 Days-6 Months Class B Misdemeanor
Third Offense: 24-36 Months $500-$1k 30 Days-12 Months Class A Misdemeanor
Fourth Offense: 60 Months $1k-$10k 1 Year-5 Years Class D Felony
Court costs will also be charged to DUI defendants in most DUI cases. If aggravated circumstances are involved then additional jail time will likely be required. These circumstances include operating a motor vehicle:
A. At 30 miles per hour or more over the speed limit;
B. In the wrong direction on a limited access highway;
C. That causes an accident that results in death or serious injury to another person;
D. With a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 or more;
E. And refusing to submit to an officer's test for alcohol concentration; or
F. While transporting a passenger under 12 years of age.
Almost all young people make decisions that they later regret, some more than others. Unfortunately, for some individuals those decisions could have legal consequences far beyond what they anticipated. Morrin Law Office focuses on first-time offenders, youthful offenders, and individuals seeking to avoid future contact with the criminal justice system. Mr. Morrin understands how the legal system uniquely impacts juvenile offenders, in the short- and long-term.