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How Long Does Alcohol Stay on Your Breath?
December 15, 2020 | DUI Defense, DUI Law
Getting pulled over by a police officer can be a nerve-wracking experience. This is especially true if and when an officer asks you to take a breathalyzer test to determine if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is over the legal limit. In Kentucky, a BAC of .08 or higher would be considered over the legal… read more
Classes of Felonies in Kentucky
December 12, 2020 | Criminal Defense
Generally speaking, criminal charges are broken down into two categories: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are less serious crimes and are often punishable by fines rather than significant time in jail. Shoplifting, trespassing, and the violation of a restraining order are all examples of misdemeanors. Felonies, on the other hand, are far more serious in nature…. read more
What is An Indictment?
December 10, 2020 | Criminal Defense
You have probably noticed the use of indictments in numerous high profile court cases around the country. An indictment is the formal charging of an individual with a serious crime. Under the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution, an indictment is laid out as a right, meaning a person can’t be charged with a serious federal… read more
Tips for an Effective Character Letter for a Judge
December 8, 2020 | Criminal Defense
Character letters can be effective in some criminal cases. A family member, friend, employer, or other party writes a letter to the judge to help mitigate sentencing. In cases in which character witnesses are not allowed or limited, character letters could be the only way for a judge to learn more about a defendant’s character… read more
What Are Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude?
December 1, 2020 | Criminal Defense
We hear the term but may not know what it means. There is a good reason for that. “Crimes involving moral turpitude” (CIMT) is a term for a group of crimes very loosely defined as either depraved or immoral acts, violations of the basic duties owed to others, or as reprehensible acts with either a… read more
How to Know if You Have Hired a Good or Bad Criminal Defense Attorney
November 12, 2020 | Defenses
If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, whether it is a drug offense, an act of domestic violence, or a federal crime, do not make the mistake of trying to navigate the criminal justice system on your own. You need to hire a good criminal defense attorney who can defend you against… read more
What is the Age of Consent in Kentucky?
October 19, 2020 | Sex Crimes
Like many other states, Kentucky has strict laws regulating sexual activities with minors. Individuals who are still in their teenage years are still maturing and can be vulnerable. Kentucky’s laws are meant to protect those who might otherwise be unable to protect themselves. Because of this, the state has set the age of consent at… read more
Am I Being Detained? Six Questions to Ask During Interactions With Police
October 13, 2020 | Criminal Defense
Being stopped by police for questioning can be a very stressful, anxiety-inducing situation. But it doesn’t have to be. To be sure, when a crime is committed, police have a job to do investigating, solving, and then arresting those responsible for it. However, every individual, even those who have committed a crime, have rights that… read more
Ignition Interlock Device Systems for Multiple DUI Conviction
March 27, 2015 | Court Procedure, Driving Privileges, DUI Penalties
Lexington drivers with multiple DUI charges within a five-year period face losing their driver’s privileges for a year or more, depending on the number of convictions. Multiple offenses mean heavy fines, hours of community service, and attendance at mandatory alcohol and substance abuse programs, all of which becomes an additional hardship without a driver’s license…. read more
How Field Sobriety Tests Work
March 13, 2015 | Defenses, Field Sobriety Test
Law enforcement officers have a variety of different tools at their disposal to detect drunk drivers. However, many times the initial screening is performed in a much less technologically advanced way through the use of field sobriety tests. These tests are a battery of different examinations done by the officer during a traffic stop in… read more