Americans are known as being for “law and order,” but we understand that locking people up and throwing away the key isn’t the solution in most cases. Kentucky and the country would benefit from approaching the issue of law enforcement in terms of drug abuse and mental health treatment and rehabilitation for those convicted of non-violent crimes. This view is popular among the U.S. population, according to results of a new survey by Zogby Associations for the MacArthur Foundation. Nearly 60% of respondents said rehabilitation or treatment is the most […]

The prosecution in a criminal case has the burden of proving a defendant committed the crime alleged. It’s not up to a defendant to prove he or she is innocent. Part of the prosecution’s burden is complying with state and federal constitutions, statutes, court opinions and court rules. If they can’t play by the rules, a judge responsible for the case should dismiss criminal charges. Society would like to think that police officers and prosecutors are always the good guys, the ones in the white hats, protecting everyone. It doesn’t […]

Juvenile Crime Attorney

A panel of crime victims working with Kentucky’s attorney general has delivered recommendations to improve treatment of those victimized by crime. The Survivors Council is made up of 25 people who are victims of a wide range of violent crimes. They worked on the suggestions for a year before formally announcing them in January. Those recommendations include: The General Assembly should spend more money on criminal justice issues. This would include funding for law enforcement, prosecutors, victim advocates and victim services, with an emphasis on underserved communities and solutions to […]

Crime in Kentucky is often thought to be connected to illegal drugs. Just the possession of some substances is a crime, and being convicted of the manufacture and distribution of illegal drugs can carry heavy penalties. But you may be surprised at the number of crimes that are alcohol-related, above and beyond driving while intoxicated. This legal drug often reduces or eliminates inhibitions of people; many of us who are sensible while sober can lose control and become violent when under the influence of alcohol. January 22-28 is National Drug […]

Lexington Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorney

Some Kentucky criminal defendants are getting a surprise after having their charges dropped or being found not guilty. They’re being billed for fees incurred while they awaited a trial, which could be thousands of dollars. They didn’t ask to be in jail, they wanted to get out, but often due to bail so high they couldn’t pay it, jail is where they lived, and the county jails want to be reimbursed. David Jones was released from the Clark County jail in 2015 after all the criminal charges against him were […]

Lexington Defense Attorney Wrongfully Convicted

There’s no more serious a crime than taking the life of another. Depending on the circumstances, if convicted of murder a defendant may be sentenced to life in prison or receive the death penalty. It’s rare that the family of a victim publicly forgives a person pleading guilty to murder, but that was the case in Lexington, Kentucky, last month. Trey Alexander Relford was sentenced to 31 years in prison for the murder of a Pizza Hut delivery driver in 2015, reports the Herald Leader. The 24-year-old Relford pleaded guilty […]

Technology is supposed to solve problems, not create them. DNA testing in Kentucky criminal cases should be an impartial, scientific, accurate way to determine whether a person was in contact with a crime victim or at least at the crime scene. As the use of DNA testing has expanded, more and more demands are made on it, and there’s evidence this approach to testing has been stretched beyond its limits. DNA testing uses genetic information from cells found on a crime scene, evidence or the victim to see whether genetic […]

The past three years have been the hottest on record, worldwide, according to the New York Times. Temperatures are expected to increase over time due to global warming with western Kentucky potentially having highs in the 90’s 120 days of the year from 2080 to 2099, reports the U.S. Global Change Research Center. While temperatures climb, the biggest concern of most people may be increased air conditioning costs. But for some of us without air conditioning, like those housed in Kentucky prisons, increased heat could be deadly. Most of those […]