It seems obvious: employers perform criminal background checks to know if job applicants may be potentially dangerous and pose safety risks, right? Of course, these kinds of assessments are particularly significant when the job involves the prospective employee’s need to carry a weapon, drive, and/or have access to money, children, the elderly, or the chronically ill. However, according to the Urban Institute, an almost 50-year-old nonprofit community-centric research organization, the two main types of criminal background checks that are available are seriously flawed, making it extraordinarily difficult for people with […]


Criminal defendants may literally put their lives, their futures and the futures of their families in the hands of juries. Given the seriousness of the situation, it only makes sense for Central Kentucky attorneys to do all they legally and ethically can do to seat a jury that’s as sympathetic as possible to their client and to present their client’s side of the story in the most effective way to obtain a positive jury decision. The CBS drama, Bull, is a fictional story of a trial consultant, one who helps […]


Seems we can’t check our news or social media feeds without seeing at least some reference to a hate crime. Increased coverage makes it seem like a new concept, but in fact, the FBI has had a large role in investigating such crimes since the civil rights movement. Generally associated with hot-button social issues such as racial inequality, religious differences, and sexual orientation, the groups that are protected vary from state to state. Here in Kentucky, the law was recently expanded to extend hate-crime protections to police officers, firefighters and […]


We all try to learn and move on from past mistakes, but sometimes they come back to haunt us. For some who have pleaded guilty to, or were found guilty of, driving under the influence (DUI) in a Kentucky court, it’s not just the past mistake but a change in Kentucky law that can result in serious problems in the present or future. The Kentucky Supreme Court late last month decided to uphold the application of a state law passed last year that imposes harsher penalties on drivers who admit […]


Boating in Kentucky is supposed to be about having fun and relaxing. Whether it’s to go water skiing, fishing or just enjoying a beautiful day on a pontoon boat, being on the water is supposed to be about getting away from it all. For some, part of boating may be drinking, and if you’re the one piloting a boat you could be arrested for boating while intoxicated (BWI) by conservation officers of the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. It’s against the law in Kentucky to operate a vessel, or […]


Kentucky Drug Crime Attorney

For what seems like several lifetimes, the news has carried the fairly constant message that drugs are a problem here and abroad. Despite being taught at an early age that drugs are harmful, many people find themselves battling with substance abuse at some point in their lives. This critical public health issue involves illegal substances as well as prescription drug abuse. Drugs are everywhere. In addition to the harm they cause to the body, they also can result in erratic and dangerous behavior. Even more alarming, drug-related overdoses and deaths […]


At the end of 2015, there were approximately 3.8 million adults on probation. This court-ordered period of correctional supervision allows offenders to stay in their communities and out of prison. With a population of more than four times that of those on parole, probation is widespread – and big business. There are many private companies competing in the probation marketplace, but the principal losers are the offenders hit with high costs, endless penalties, and fees. Marketed as a way for states to save money, those costs are passed on to […]


Lexington Criminal Defense Attorney

Generally, criminal activity falls into one of two categories: “conventional crime” and “white collar crime.” When the average person thinks of criminal activity, what comes to mind first are probably conventional crimes — in other words, any criminal offense committed against another person, someone else’s property, or involving drugs. White collar crime is a commonly used term, believed to have been coined by a criminologist around 1939 who defined it as “a crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation.” It […]