Archive for the ‘Criminal Defense’ Category

Can a lawyer get a felony dropped to a misdemeanor?

A felony charge can feel like a nightmare. However, it is crucial that you explore your legal options before it is too late. Sometimes a skilled lawyer can help you reduce your felony charge to a misdemeanor. Felony vs. Misdemeanor If you have received a criminal charge, it is important to know whether you were charged with a felony or a misdemeanor. One of these charges is significantly worse than the other and may involve serious jail time, fines, or the permanent loss of some rights. What is a Felony? […]


How Long Does Domestic Violence Stay on Your Record?

Having domestic violence on your record can have long-term consequences. No matter what happened, many people will see you as a violent criminal. You may be excluded from jobs, housing, and other opportunities. This can last for your entire life, as there is no defined time limit for how long domestic violence stays on your record. However, there are steps that you may be able to take to get domestic violence off of your record. How Long Does a Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Conviction Stay on Your Record? If you’re familiar […]


Obstruction of Justice is a federal and a state crime.

If you’re facing criminal charges, you’re going to want to find the best criminal defense lawyer you can get. You may qualify for a public defender, but that means it’s not likely that you’ll be able to choose your own lawyer. Your best bet is generally to hire your own criminal defense attorney, ideally finding an attorney who specializes in defending against the types of charges you’re facing. As part of your search, contact Dan Carman. He offers a free initial consultation; and even if he’s not the right attorney […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]