Criminal Defense

Bryant Law Center

601 Washington
Paducah KY 42003
Hours of Operation
  • Monday - Friday8am - 5pm

Criminal Defense


If you or someone close to you is, has been, or is about to be charged with a criminal offense we encourage you to seek legal advice immediately. A criminal conviction can have a detrimental effect on you for the rest of your life. Don't take any chances call Bryant Law Center. Mark Bryant and Emily Roark are experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorneys who have successfully fought criminal charges in courts across our region. Mark was Commonwealth's Attorney for Paducah, Kentucky for 17 years and Emily has dedicated a majority of her practice to criminal defense.

Our experience has taught us a lot…we know how to challenge the prosecution to prove every element of the alleged crime, and we will make sure all proper legal and police procedures were followed. Sometimes the legal system makes mistakes and as defense attorneys, we feel it is our job to protect you from those mistakes. It is your future. We work hard to keep the system fair and honest.

  • Your initial consultation is FREE. We will discuss your case with you and quickly determine what action should or should not be taken. No case is too big or too small!

  • We listen carefully to what you have to say. Our goal is to understand your case and your unique situation.

  • We welcome your questions. You have every right to know your options and be part of the decisions.

  • We don't "dump" cases on the first or second court appearance by entering a "guilty" or "no contest" plea. Beware, many attorneys charge low fees and plead their clients out on the first or second court appearance or withdrawal from your case after you cannot come up with additional fees.

  • We will attempt to have your case dismissed prior to the charges being filed; unfortunately most cases are already filed by the time you have already retained out law firm if your case has already been filed, we will attempt to reduce the charge against you.

  • We leave no stone unturned. Lawyers who carefully examine all the facts and are well prepared for trial often obtain better results than those who simply "negotiate pleas".

  • We are known for our ability to analyze and evaluate cases, prepare a strong defense for trial and obtain favorable outcomes for our clients. We have a full time in house investigator who will be fully involved in helping prepare every aspect of your case.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I’m arrested?
If arrested for a crime the first thing you need to do is ask to call an attorney. Even if you are innocent and were in no way involved in the crime don’t say anything or consent to any searches without your criminal defense lawyer present.
What is my Fifth Amendment Right?
The Fifth Amendment is your right to remain silent unless and until you have had a chance to consult with an attorney. The police are required to stop asking questions, when you invoke your Fifth Amendment rights. When refusing to speak to police or declining consent to search be polite and respectful toward the police officers. Never resist arrest, run from police or verbally abuse an officer. Your cooperation or lack of cooperation at the time of arrest can have a great impact on your plea agreement when the time comes.
What happens if the police fail to read me my Miranda Rights?
Police are required by law to read your rights if you are in custody and being interrogated. However, if they do not, it doesn't mean that your case is not valid. Consult an attorney regarding your situation.
How do I get a person arrested for a crime out of jail?
The person arrested may have a bond set at the time of their arrest. If not, they will meet with a pre-trial officer. They need to cooperate with the pre-trial officer who will talk to the Judge and set a bond within 24 hours of their arrest. After bond is paid the person should be released.
If stopped for a DUI in Kentucky should I consent to the breathalyzer?
This varies with every situation and it depends if you are under the influence. If you refuse a breathalyzer, the law says that a county attorney cannot amend down a DUI. However, if you believe your breathalyzer is going to be over the legal limit understand you are going to be the state evidence against yourself. You do have twenty minutes to contact an attorney to help make this decision if arrested for a DUI so we suggest calling a lawyer immediately upon arrest.
Disclaimer: The information contained herein is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Seek competent legal counsel for advice on any legal matter.
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