You are innocent until proven guilty. Often times prosecutors, especially in district court, may make an offer seeking to resolve your legal matter in a timely manner at arraignment to deal with their often heavy case docket. Apollo Law advises if you are brought before a judge before you have had a chance to talk to your lawyer, tell the judge that you want a lawyer before entering any plea. The important thing is that you know all of your options before entering a plea. Often times, there are less obvious collateral consequences that individuals are not aware of when they enter a guilty plea. If you do not have the funds to hire an attorney you should fill out an affidavit of indigency form, more specifically called a Financial Statement, Affidavits Of Indigency, Request For Counsel And Order (Criminal Cases) Administrative Office of the Court form 350, to seek the appointment of a public defender from the local Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy Trial Office. If there is a conflct in your case determined by the local DPA Trial Office, your case may still be assigned to Apollo Law as our attorney has historically assisted with representing indigent clients on DPA conflict contracts. If you tell the judge you are going to attempt to hire your own attorney or if the judge finds that you have enough income to hire an attorney you should call Apollo Law for a consultation to discuss your case. Please also see our blog post Picking Your Attorney regarding selecting an attorney to assist with your legal matter. Request that the judge enter a not guilty plea on your behalf and set your case for a return date, a pretrial date, return to court date, or a preliminary hearing date as your case may require. Schedule a counsultation with Apollo Law as soon as possible so that we can begin working on your case to your benefit. In person consultation is prefered, but phone consultations can be scheduled as well. Bring the information regarding your next court date and any paperwork or other information that may be necessary in better understanding your case to your consultation.