Lexington Legal Blog & Information

How Long Does Alcohol Stay on Your Breath?

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

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?

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

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

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