How to Find a Good Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you’ve been charged with a criminal offense in Kentucky, or believe you’re being investigated by law enforcement, it can be a life-changing event. Your livelihood, the ability to support yourself and your family and your freedom may be at risk. This is not the time to go it alone. You should at least talk to a criminal defense attorney to see if that’s the right one for you. You should hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your legal rights. Criminal law can be very complex and includes […]


Can a Convicted Felon Own a Gun in Kentucky?

A convicted felon cannot legally own a gun in Kentucky, with some exceptions. This includes those convicted as youthful offenders and those convicted of a felony under federal law or in another state. Possession of a firearm by a felon is itself a felony. If you have been charged with this crime, we may be able to help. Under Kentucky Revised Statute 527.040, the crime of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (one who has served more than one year of imprisonment) occurs when he or she possesses, […]


What Is Possession of Drugs in the Second Degree in Kentucky?

Possession of drugs in the second degree in Kentucky involves possession of dangerous, but not narcotic, drugs. It can include possession of prescription drugs or illegal drugs for which there can be no prescriptions. The penalty is the same as for possession in the third degree. Under Kentucky law, possession of controlled substance in second degree is defined as the knowing and unlawful possession of a controlled substance classified in Schedules I or II which is not a narcotic drug (or specified in the definition of possession in the first […]


What Should You do if Charged with a Drug Crime?

More importantly, what shouldn’t you do if you’re charged with a Kentucky drug crime? You shouldn’t answer any questions without your attorney being present. You need to plead the Fifth Amendment, just like you see on TV shows, and tell the arresting officers you will not answer questions (other than giving basic information to identify yourself) without first talking to an attorney. As you should have heard from the officers when you were told your Miranda rights, anything you say really can be used against you in a court of […]


What Is Third-Degree Drug Possession in Kentucky?

A third-degree drug possession charge in Kentucky is a less serious drug-related crime, but it still needs to be taken seriously. A conviction could potentially result in jail time, a fine and a lost job. Having a criminal record could make it more difficult for you to be hired, promoted or rent a home. Under Kentucky law, a person is guilty of possession of a controlled substance in the third degree if he or  she knowingly and unlawfully possesses a controlled substance classified in Schedules IV or V. Those schedules […]


Something Little -- like a Traffic Stop -- Can Lead to a Major Arrest

A Kentucky police officer can pull you over for something minor, like a burnt out taillight or the fact that your license plate isn’t lit. These are just small issues, and the officer is putting in time and effort just for a taillight … or is he? Maybe he’s on the lookout for something more important, something bigger and better that will make him look good to his boss. A police officer is like a hunting dog looking for big game. That taillight is just a scent that gets his […]


Prison Time as Punishment Doesn’t Work

Most of those released from Kentucky prisons will be rearrested, and many of them will end up back behind bars. Our current justice system, by just about any measure, is failing society. This massive revolving door continues to consume billions of dollars and thousands of lives. Many studies and projects have tried to determine the reasons why our justice system doesn’t work and to come up with solutions. The latest comes with the help a billionaire family known for supporting conservative political causes, not for trying to help those convicted […]


Blood Pattern Evidence Is Admissible, but Is It Really Reliable?

You’ve seen it on TV and in the movies. The police and investigators are at the scene of a bloody murder. The blood appears to have been spattered on walls and the floor. The prosecution uses the blood stains to recreate the murder to establish how the victim was killed. This type of evidence may be fact or fiction, and it can be used in Kentucky courts. Bloodstain pattern analysis started when a group of scientists and forensic investigators began testifying as experts in criminal cases. They went on to […]