It is certainly worth chatting with a KY civil rights attorney. Your friend should contact several and take advantage of any free consultations. She can find an attorney by contacting the KY state (or her county) bar association and requesting referral to a civil rights attorney or she might try the avvo 'find a lawyer' tab to locate one near her.
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You need to contact a lawyer in your area that practices plaintiff civil law, specifically civil rights litigation. Depending on the facts, you may run into a legal barrier of sovereign immunity being asserted by the prosecutor/ judge/ clerk of court/ jailer, etc. I assume all the powers that be will assert this was some type of clerical error and not an intentional act. Even though you have compensatory damages, your difficulty will be in allocation of liability and whether or not the responsible party/ parties will admit liability or defend on sovereign immunity.
Here is a link to the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in your area: www.kacdl.net
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To answer your question, yes--it could very well be worth it. Also, it can be inconvenient and frustrating when you can't find a local attorney. However, especially with civil rights cases, it sometimes helps to consider attorneys outside of your city/town. I'm not familiar with Richmond, and its surrounding towns, but start looking for an attorney in a bordering metropolitan city. You can do so by contacting that city/county's local bar association and/or by using Avvo's "Find a Lawyer" tool above.
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