Archive for the ‘Drug Related’ Category

Felony charges come in a variety of types, depending on the severity of the crime. In Kentucky, possession of a controlled substance is a Class D felony, punishable by one to five years in prison. Trafficking is a Class C felony, punishable by five to 10 years in prison. Repeat offenders and those charged with certain other drug-related crimes can face even more serious charges, and the most severe crimes can lead to a sentence of up to 50 years, or even life imprisonment. Regardless of the specific charges against […]


What is the Average Sentence for Drug Possession?

What is the average sentence for drug possession? The possession of many different kinds of drugs is considered illegal under Kentucky law, leaving it difficult to determine the average sentence for drug possession. If found guilty of possession, the sentence will vary depending on the amount in possession, what drug was possessed and whether or not the defendant is a repeat offender. If the amount is large enough, a defendant may be charged with possession with intent to sell. It’s a crime to possess any amount of marijuana in Kentucky. […]


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 […]


Abuse of prescription medication has become a serious problem in Kentucky and across the country. In order to get these drugs for personal use, or to sell them, some people seek treatment with several physicians, fabricate symptoms and sometimes engage in identity theft in hopes of getting a prescription for pills. This “Doc shopping” is illegal; if arrested, a person doing this could face criminal charges. Kentucky’s Office of Attorney General’s Drug Investigations Branch works to combat illegal drug abuse, and one of the things they focus on is “Doc […]


Kentucky Drug Crime Attorney

For what seems like several lifetimes, the news has carried the fairly constant message that drugs are a problem here and abroad. Despite being taught at an early age that drugs are harmful, many people find themselves battling with substance abuse at some point in their lives. This critical public health issue involves illegal substances as well as prescription drug abuse. Drugs are everywhere. In addition to the harm they cause to the body, they also can result in erratic and dangerous behavior. Even more alarming, drug-related overdoses and deaths […]


A new Kentucky law breaks with policy that has proven effective in other states and requires more prison time for heroin dealers and users. Kentucky HB 333, introduced to the House February 13, then sent to and amended by the Senate and passed March 30 as SB 14, was signed into law by the Governor on April 30, changing the emphasis from less incarceration and more treatment to longer prison terms and more money spent by the state. The new law rolls back many of the provisions set forth by […]