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Federal and State Criminal Defense Attorney in Kentucky

Since 1986, Kentucky trial lawyer William M. Butler has defended people accused of crimes and represented people injured through the actions of others. Our attorney is both a skilled negotiator and a seasoned litigator, who is passionate about protecting the rights of his clients. Butler & Associates has skillfully defended thousands of clients for over 35 years, compiling an impressive record of positive results, we can defend you too. 

For immediate assistance, please call our firm at (502) 237-0871 or use the online contact form to schedule your confidential consultation. For more information, please see his Case Results and Testimonials.

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Stages of a Criminal Case

  • Investigation: During a criminal investigation of a crime, the police review the facts, interview witnesses, and gather evidence against suspects. If the police uncover enough evidence, they can ask a judge to sign an arrest warrant for a suspect.
  • Arrest and bail: After being arrested, a suspect will go before the judge, who will either set bail or decline to set any bail so that the suspect must remain in jail until trial. Bail is an amount of money that the suspect must post so that he or she can get out of jail. The amount of bail depends on a number of factors, including the severity of the crime of which the suspect is accused, the strength of the prosecution’s case, whether the suspect has a criminal history, and whether the suspect is a flight risk. If the suspect shows up for future court dates, the bail money is returned. If, however, the suspect doesn’t show up or flees, the court will keep the money and issue an arrest warrant.
  • Arraignment: The accused first appears before the judge at an arraignment. At this proceeding, the judge informs the accused of the criminal charges against him or her, asks the accused whether he or she has an attorney or wants a court-appointed lawyer, asks how the accused will plead to the charges, determines whether to modify the initial amount of bail and sets a schedule for future court dates.
  • Preliminary hearing: In felony cases, a judge or magistrate will hold a preliminary hearing during which the prosecution must show that there is enough evidence supporting the charges against the defendant so that the case can proceed to the next stage. This hearing is an adversarial proceeding and the defendant’s attorney has the right to cross-examine the prosecution’s witnesses. It is also sometimes called a “preliminary examination” or “probable-cause hearing.”
  • Plea bargaining: Sometimes a criminal defendant and the prosecution can negotiate an agreement that resolves the criminal matter. Usually, the prosecutor agrees to reduce a charge, drop some of the multiple charges, or recommend a more lenient sentence in exchange for the defendant’s guilty plea, often to a lesser offense.
  • Trial and sentencing: At trial, the prosecutor and defense attorney will give opening and closing statements, introduce evidence, and question witnesses. If a defendant is found guilty, the court will impose a sentence that may include incarceration, fines, court costs, restitution, and probation. For minor crimes, the sentence may be issued right away. For serious crimes, the prosecution and defense will submit evidence and make arguments about what the appropriate sentence should be. In some states, a judge will decide the sentence. In other states, sentencing is completely separate from the trial, with a different jury determining the sentence. During this separate sentencing phase, the prosecution will present aggravating factors to argue for a harsher sentence and the defense will present mitigating factors in favor of a lesser sentence. Also, before the sentence is issued, the defendant normally has the right to allocution, which is the right of the defendant to address the judge directly. Allocution may be a chance for the defendant to apologize, show remorse or explain his or her actions.

Why Choose William M. Butler, Jr., Attorney at Law?

  • Over 35 Years of Experience
    With more than three decades of fighting for clients, William Butler has the knowledge and experience to help you.
  • Proven Track Record
    When it comes to winning for our clients, our case results speak for themselves - we give each client the commitment and time your case deserves.
  • Seasoned Litigator & Negotiator
    William M. Butler is equally confident at the negotiating table and in the courtroom and is prepared to do what is best for your case.
  • Offering Virtual Consultations
    We'll save you a trip - we can meet via FaceTime or Zoom to make the legal process just a little easier on you.

A Proven Track record of Results

SETTLEMENTS & VERDICTS

Our top priority is to devise customized legal strategies that are tailored to the unique legal needs of our clients, no matter how simple or complicated your situation might be.

  • Most Charges Dropped Armed Robbery

    Client indicted on 2 counts of armed robbery (Robbery I), each of which carried a mandatory minimum of a 10-year sentence, 1 count of possession of a dangerous weapon, 1 count fleeing or evading police, 1 count wanton endangerment. Result: Most charges dismissed.

    Robbery

  • Acquitted at Trial Assault of a Child

    Client charged with assaulting his 10 year old daughter. Client was acquitted at trial based on defense that child made up story which was embellished with help of her mother, the client’s ex-wife.

    Assault

  • Acquitted Assault of a Police Officer

    Client charged with 2 counts of assaulting a police officer, and with resisting arrest. Result: acquitted at trial, on defense that the four police officers testifying against client distorted the facts. There was no assault.

    Assault

  • Dismissed Assault of a Police Officer

    At pretrial conference defense explains to prosecutor that police officer misapplied the resisting arrest statute. On day of trial, defense announces ready for trial, Commonwealth move to dismiss. Result: Charge was dismissed.

    Assault

  • Acquitted Assault of a Public Servant

    Client charged with assaulting an off duty police officer at a Mike Tyson fight. Result: acquitted based on defense that the officer misidentified the client as the person who assaulted him.

    Assault

  • Acquitted at Trial Assault of Spouse

    Client charged with assaulting his former wife outside a mall. Client was acquitted at trial based on defense of ex-wife being vindictive and lying.

    Assault

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Client testimonials

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    "EXCEPTIONAL Lawyer"
    Bill Butler was referred by a trusted family member. He was all they claimed and then some. EXCEPTIONAL lawyer!!
    - Stacey M.
    "He Keeps His Promises"
    Mr. Butler is honest, responsive and will not make promises he cannot keep. He provided excellent legal representation for my family member.
    - Former Client
    "Worth Every Penny!"

    If you need a dependable, professional defense attorney with successful results, you need Mr Butler! He is worth every penny! 

    - Former Client
    "He's Never Let Me Down"
    I would recommend Bill Butler to anyone needing help. He has been my lawyer for over 15 years and has never let me down once. He is an amazing lawyer!!!!
    - Jenifer R.
    "Your Ace in the Hole!"
    When you hire William Butler Jr., you can rest easy knowing he takes each case as if it were his family he’s representing. His knowledge and expertise is astounding!
    - Former Client
    "A Great Human Being"
    William Butler Jr. is awesome. He always answered my questions and never promised or said something if he wasn't sure that it was going to happen.
    - Lorena H.
    "HIGHLY Recommend!"
    My daughter was facing several felony charges... she would have faced jail time had he not taken her case. He is a very kind and knowledgeable man.
    - Liz Y.
    "Kind and Knowledgable"
    Mr. Butler was very kind and knowledgeable. He also went above and beyond what I expected him to do. I do recommend his services to anyone who would need them.
    - Nancy B.