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Tough & Tested Defense Attorney


If you're looking for a tough and tested criminal defense attorney who knows how to show up strong, then you're looking for Dan Carman. A former Marine Corps JAG prosecutor, Dan has earned his stars in some of the toughest courtrooms imaginable. Dan brings his disciplined military legal training to the table as a criminal defense attorney in Lexington, KY. He aggressively defends his clients and knows how to guide them successfully through a complicated legal system.

If you or a family member has been arrested on misdemeanor or felony criminal charges, it is imperative that you hire the best possible attorney you can afford to represent you in local, state or federal court.

For a free initial consultation about your case, call Dan at (859) 685-1055. The conversation will be relaxed yet informative. Dan is happy to answer any questions you have and will likely ask you some questions as well. If you want Dan to help, he will.

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Local Lawyer, Global Experience

Criminal charges can turn your life upside down. You don't have to face them alone. At the Carman Law Office, we understand the seriousness of your situation. We have already helped many individuals in Lexington who were similarly situated and facing criminal charges. We put together effective defense strategies and fight hard for your rights. We know how to win.

We know how the Kentucky criminal justice system operates, and we are familiar with improper prosecutorial conduct and negotiation guidelines. We also know when it's time to stop negotiating and take your case to trial. If an acceptable deal is offered, it will be presented to you, but rest assured that we will never shy away from trial if that is the best option.



Dan knows how to argue against prosecutors because he has been a Marine Corps prosecutor. Because of his military experience, he brings to the table both global knowledge and an intimate understanding of Kentucky laws. He understands behind-the-scenes strategy and negotiating like few other criminal defense attorneys can. His first-hand prosecutorial experience is always valuable when facing an opponent in court.

Why is Dan Carman a better choice than other attorneys?

You’ll have to decide this for yourself, but it will likely become apparent in your first conversation. Dan is no-nonsense and knows how to cut to the chase. He is relaxed and doesn’t get hung up on formalities. Rather, he embraces each client as an individual with a history and unique insights. He will listen to your version of the events in question and look for ways in which there may have been a mistaken identity, incomplete evidence, police misconduct and an alternate version of the crime. His legal expertise has shown him that mistakes are often made in these cases, and that’s why he’s committed to fighting aggressively for his clients’ rights under the law. After all, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. That means everyone, including you.

What is the process after I hire a criminal defense attorney?

We’ll get right to work. There is no time to waste when your freedom and future are at stake. First, Dan will meet with you, answer your questions, explain the court process, ask questions and take detailed notes. He’ll review police reports, examine the evidence, read eyewitness accounts of the crime, and look for holes and inconsistencies in the prosecutor’s case. Because Dan has worked as a prosecutor in the u.s. Marine corps and now serves as a criminal defense attorney, he has experience on both sides of a courtroom argument. Therefore, Dan is exceptionally skilled at anticipating his opponent’s arguments and defeating them. It is rare that you find a defense attorney with the wide variety of legal experience that Dan possesses. This advantage can be yours when Dan Carman represents you. If you have questions about the legal process, call Dan today at (859) 685-1055.

How much does it cost to hire a criminal defense lawyer in Lexington, KY?

Every case is different because some are more complex than others, and therefore some cases take more time to research and build a powerful defense for. Generally, the fewer and the more straightforward the charges, the less the case costs to defend. The more complicated the case, the more it costs. Dan is glad to talk to you confidentially about the potential cost of defending your case. But don’t choose the cheapest attorney you can find. Think of it this way – what price can you put on your freedom? Because it’s your future and potential freedom that are at stake.

How do I get a fair hearing or trial?

If there’s one thing that keeps Dan Carman up at night, it’s his overwhelming commitment to making sure each of his clients is treated fairly by the legal system. It’s no secret that the legal process can be flawed, and the system is sometimes inclined to convict some types of people more readily than others. It’s not pretty, but it’s true. This is unacceptable in Dan’s eyes. He will do everything in his power to make sure you are treated fairly and the legal system upholds your constitutional rights.

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    DUI / DWI

    DUI penalties can be severe, and they grow more strict for every subsequent time you are arrested and convicted of DUI. Not only could you face extensive fines, but license suspension as well. If your driver's license is revoked, your job may be jeopardized since you may have trouble getting to work.

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    Drug-related crimes are the most frequently charged offenses in Kentucky. If you have been arrested for a drug offense, know that the penalties can escalate depending on the nature and quantity of the drug at issue and your prior criminal record. There are many available defenses, such as insufficient evidence, having a valid prescription, and illegal search and seizure.

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    If you are facing charges for a sex crime, it is important for you to understand the various penalties you could face. One of the most serious consequences of this type of crime is mandatory sex offender registration. This will appear on your criminal record and follow you for the rest of your life, possibly preventing you from getting housing, employment and more.

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    If you were charged with violating weapons laws or committing a crime while in possession of a weapon, you can be heavily fined and face prison. Additionally, anyone convicted of a felony is barred from ever possessing a firearm again. An effective defense can be crafted, because there are legal gray areas regarding possession and concealment.

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    Although misdemeanors seem minor in comparison to felonies due to their reduced penalties, it is important to realize that in the eyes of prosecutors and judges all criminal charges are serious matters. Prosecutors and judges are particularly impatient with repeat offenders.

DUI / DWI Penalties


The abbreviations DUI and DWI are used interchangeably and refer to “driving under the influence” and “driving while intoxicated.” This means driving under the influence of alcohol or any other substance(s) that impair your ability to drive safely and follow the rules of the road. Other substances can include illegal drugs, over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs and inhalants such as spray paint, gasoline, aerosols, nitrites, volatile solvents, etc.

No one wants to face jail time, the thought of having a criminal record, driver’s license suspension, court fines, or embarrassment. However, the reality is that no matter what your circumstances, being arrested for DUI comes with consequences.

There’s a lot at stake when you’re facing a criminal charge. You may be risking your personal freedom, ability to keep a job and get a future one, financial losses, and personal and professional relationships. Being arrested and charged with a crime doesn’t mean you’ll be found guilty. Unless you know criminal and constitutional law, you may miss mistakes that were made by the police or prosecution in the handling of your case. These mistakes can be the basis for your DUI defense, and they may allow you to obtain a favorable plea bargain agreement or result in charges being dropped.

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1st Offense Within a 10-Year Period

  • 90 days of alcohol or substance abuse program
  • 30 to 120 days' license suspension

2nd Offense Within a 10-Year Period

  • 1 year of alcohol or substance abuse treatment
  • 12 to 18 months' license suspension

3rd Offense Within a 10-Year Period

  • 1 year of alcohol or substance abuse treatment
  • 24 to 36 months' license suspension

4th Offense Within a 10-Year Period

  • 1 year of alcohol or substance abuse treatment
  • 5 years' license suspension

Drug-Related Penalties


The severity of penalties in drug-related cases depends on (1) the drug, (2) the quantity, and (3) whether or not cultivation, distribution and/or trafficking is involved. Kentucky categorizes narcotic and non-narcotic offenses into five categories ranging from Schedule I to Schedule V.

For example, Schedule I narcotics have a high potential for abuse and have no accepted medical use in the U.S. This includes heroin. Penalties include:

Unlawful Possession:

  • Penalty First Offense: 1 to 5 years or $3,000 to $5,000 or both
  • Subsequent Offense: 5 to 10 years or $4,000 to $10,000 or both

Unlawful Trafficking:

  • Penalty First Offense: 5 to 10 years or $5,000 to $10,000 or both
  • Subsequent Offense: 10 to 20 years or $10,000 to $20,000 or both

Schedule I non-narcotic substances include things like LSD, mescaline, PCE, hashish, MDA, PCP and many other hallucinogens. (Marijuana technically qualifies as a Schedule I non-narcotic but is treated differently, especially since marijuana laws throughout the U.S. are changing rapidly.) Penalties include:

Unlawful Possession:

  • Penalty First Offense: Commitment to treatment facility
  • Subsequent Offenses: One year or less or $500 or less or both

Unlawful Trafficking:

  • Penalty First Offense: 1 to 5 years or $3,000 to $4,000 or both
    (Exception: LSD and Phencyclidine - 5 to 10 years or $5,000 to $10,000 or both)
  • Subsequent Offenses: 5 to 10 years or $5,000 to $10,000 or both
    (Exception: LSD and Phencyclidine -10 to 20 years or $10,000 to $20,000
    or both)

Schedule I offenses typically receive the most severe penalties. The severity of the penalties declines through subsequent schedules, with Schedule V offenses receiving some of the least onerous penalties. For example, Schedule V substances include things like codeine cough preparations- Cheracol, Robitussin AC, Cosanyl, Ambenyl, Phenergan with Codeine, etc. In all schedules, trafficking carries a stiffer penalty than possession.

How to Choose the Best Criminal Defense Lawyer

There are a lot of Lexington attorneys to choose from, but all lawyers are not created equal. Take the time to study our backgrounds, read client reviews and discover examples of the cases we have won. Read our blogs - do we sound knowledgeable and informed? Do we take a personal interest in our clients' situations, or are you just the next name on the list? Selecting your Lexington criminal defense lawyer will be one of the most important decisions you make in your life. Choose wisely.


No matter the charge, hiring the right defense attorney to help is the most important decision you can make. As a seasoned Fayette County criminal lawyer, we will take great care to make your case stand out from the crowd and get the best possible outcome. If you are charged with a crime, from murder to assault, from domestic violence to DUI, in Fayette County Circuit Court or at the federal court level, we can help you.


You know what it's like to call someone and never get a call back. You send multiple emails and never get a reply. This is frustrating and disrespectful. You will never have this experience with Carman Law Firm. You are not a name on a list for us. You are a living, breathing, human being with a family and worries and lots of questions. We believe that excellent communication is paramount to navigate clients through the often confusing legal system.


The Carman Law Firm represents all types of criminal defense cases, including arson, burglary, rape, homicide and drug possession. We are not afraid of the tough cases.

We strive to provide the best possible defense to anyone accused of a crime, whether their case is at the local court in Scott County, the Madison County District Court or circuit court. We have trial experience ranging from perjury to harassment, identity theft to probation violations, and everything in between.

Call us at (859) 685-1055 for a free consultation about your case.

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Wrong Place at the Wrong Time?

Dan understands that things can get out of hand quickly and there’s a lot of confusion when an alleged crime occurs. It could be that you were simply at the wrong place at the wrong time. For example, you may have been driving a friend’s car and had no idea that there were drugs under the seat. Or perhaps you were at a neighbor’s house when a crime occurred, but you were in the living room and the alleged crime took place in the kitchen. Or maybe police officers or witnesses thought several people at the scene looked alike, and you happened to be the one they pointed to when choosing someone to label as guilty. It could be a case of mistaken identity.

At the Dan Carman Law Firm, we have seen these scenarios play out again and again, and that’s why we know you deserve an aggressive and skillful defense. Don’t settle for a lawyer who is inclined to settle your case quickly and push you to accept an unfair and onerous plea bargain. And don’t rely on an overworked, tired lawyer from the public defender’s office. Many of these public defenders try hard, but they simply have too many cases to get done in a day and don’t have time to give you their full attention. It’s different with Dan. When he’s with you, he’s really with you.

Don't Go It Alone.

Whether your charges involve drunk driving, drugs, weapons, arson, rape or burglary, having an experienced and skilled attorney at your side can mean the difference between being convicted and sentenced or receiving a more favorable outcome. Don't go it alone. At the Carman Law Firm, you are not a name on a list. You're a person with a story, a history, a family and a future. We take seriously our responsibility to defend our clients aggressively because we know their future depends on it.

Dan Carman sits beside you at the table with a unique set of skills. Because he has served as both a Marine Corps JAG prosecutor and a Lexington criminal defense attorney, Dan knows the law from both sides. He can anticipate prosecutors and formulate a proactive defense based on his years of experience in the courtroom. When choosing an attorney, don't settle for just okay. Choose a lawyer who gives you the best possible opportunity to receive the least possible penalty.

For a free initial consultation and a conversation about your situation, call the Carman Law Office at (859) 685-1055.

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