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Things Cops Do That Are Illegal: What a Police Officer Can and Cannot Do in Lexington

There are many things cops do that are illegal in Lexington, Kentucky. In this article, the criminal defense lawyers at Suhre & Associates discuss what a police officer can and cannot do.  Police actions are subject to numerous constraints from the U.S. Constitution, statutes, and courts. These constraints on police action protect your rights and… read more

What is Clemency?

Clemency is a power given to the governor by the Kentucky Constitution. Clemency is an act of mercy that only the governor can exercise. The governor forgives a criminal conviction or lessens a sentence that was imposed by a court.  The source of clemency power is Section 77 of the Kentucky Constitution. That document states… read more

What Happens When A Domestic Violence Victim Doesn’t Want To Press Charges

Have you been arrested for domestic violence in Lexington, Kentucky? Being convicted of domestic violence can have a significant impact on your life. You need to protect yourself and your future by seeking representation from a qualified criminal defense attorney. However, what if the person who accused you of domestic violence doesn’t want to press… read more

Six Things You Need to Know About DUI Classes

When you are convicted of DUI in Kentucky, you must attend a substance abuse or alcohol treatment program. Your attendance at DUI classes is in addition to any other DUI penalties you might receive, such as jail time, fines, suspension of driver’s license, and installation of an ignition interlock system.  1.  DUI Classes are Mandatory… read more

Do I Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer to Fight Misdemeanor Charges?

Like many states, Kentucky uses minimum sentencing guidelines for misdemeanor charges. The sentences for a misdemeanor conviction are not as harsh as for a felony crime. However, the penalties could still disrupt your life and have collateral consequences beyond the criminal punishment.  If you are convicted of a misdemeanor crime, you would have a permanent… read more

Do I Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer if I’m Innocent?

Absolutely! You need a criminal defense lawyer whenever you are being investigated or arrested for a crime. While our criminal justice system is founded on the principle of “innocent until proven guilty,” relying on that belief could result in a conviction and significant punishments. Innocent People are Arrested and Convicted  We want to believe that… read more

Is a DUI a Felony in Kentucky?

Most DUI charges in Kentucky are misdemeanor charges. However, misdemeanor DUI charges can carry severe penalties if there are aggravating circumstances present. Knowing what to expect when you are charged with drunk driving in Kentucky can help you remain calm until you speak with your experienced DUI defense lawyer. When Does a DUI Become a… read more

Accessory Before or After a Crime in KY

Being an accessory to a crime in Kentucky can result in a serious jail sentence and other penalties. You do not have to commit the crime to be convicted and sentenced to the same punishment as the person who committed the crime. To be an accessory, all you have to do is help the person… read more

What to Expect if You’re Arrested for Drug Possession

Being arrested can be a traumatic experience, especially if it’s the first time you’ve had such an encounter with police officers. You never thought you would be handcuffed and taken away in a police vehicle, but it just happened. What do you do now? If you were arrested on drug possession charges in Lexington, KY,… read more

Are Police Scanners Legal in Kentucky?

Surprisingly, police scanners are legal for some kinds of private use in Kentucky. But Kentucky restricts the equipment that private citizens may use and how they may use it. Here are the things that you should know about Kentucky’s police scanner law and the legal uses of police scanners in Kentucky. Kentucky’s Police Scanner Law… read more