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Lexington, KY Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you’re looking for a tough and tested 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 Lexington criminal defense attorney.  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) 353-0138.  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.

A Former Marine Corps JAG Prosecutor & Defense Attorney Can Make The Difference In Your Criminal Matter.

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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.

A Local Lawyer with Global Experience

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.



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How Do I Choose a Lexington Criminal Defense Attorney?

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.

What Kinds of Cases Does Dan Carman Handle?

DUI & Drug Charges

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.

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.

Sex Crimes

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.

Weapons Offenses

If you were charged with violating weapons laws or committing a crime while in possession of a weapon, you can be heavily fined and sent to prison for a long time. Additionally, anyone convicted of a felony is automatically barred from ever possessing a firearm again. Effective defense strategies can be crafted, because weapons charges have some legal gray areas regarding possession and concealment, and a skilled Lexington criminal defense attorney will know how to leverage such strategies.

Misdemeanors & Felonies

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. Some misdemeanor convictions carry sentences sending you to local, city or county jails, while others can saddle you with costly fines.

You might ask what is the difference between punishments for misdemeanors vs. felonies. Any punishment that includes incarceration for a year or less is considered a misdemeanor. A crime punishable by imprisonment for one year or longer is considered a felony. People convicted of felonies are held in state or federal prisons, which are much more formidable than city or county jails. Certain felonies are punishable by death.

Hiring a Skilled Lexington Criminal Defense Attorney is Critical

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.

About Our Lexington Criminal Defense Firm

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) 353-0138 for a free consultation about your case.

We offer confidential consultations without any fee and will work with you to provide a fee structure that suits your circumstances.

With offices centrally located in Lexington, we handle criminal matters in all the surrounding cities, from Winchester to Nicholasville and Georgetown to Richmond and throughout Central Kentucky.

Communication is Key with Your Lexington Criminal Defense Lawyer

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. You can gather a lot of updated, informative and pertinent information on a wide variety of legal topics by exploring our Criminal Defense Blog. We’re also just a phone call away at (859) 353-0138 for a live conversation.

What Kinds of Criminal Penalties Can I Face For Alcohol and Drug Crimes?

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.

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

Any commercial driver convicted of a DUI/DWI in any type of motor vehicle will be suspended for one year and will be required to pay a reinstatement fee and pass all written and vision tests before starting over with a driver’s permit.


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.

Have a Lexington Criminal Defense Attorney at Your Side

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) 353-0138. It’s the first step in turning your life right-side up.

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