Lexington Legal Blog & Information

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

Kentucky State Senate Passes Bill Toughening DUI Laws

Kentucky law punishes all DUIs seriously, but the penalties increase severely for repeat offenses within the state’s “lookback period,” the amount of time over which past DUIs can affect sentencing. At present, the lookback period in Kentucky is five years, but that may change soon. The Kentucky state senate recently passed a bill that would… read more

Refusing a Breath Test in Kentucky

One of the most frightening moments many drivers experience is when they see a police officer’s lights in their rear view mirror. Getting pulled over is at best a hassle, but it can also be stressful and confusing. People are not sure how to deal with the officers and their requests. This only gets worse… read more

Hit-and-Run DUI Driver May Face Enhanced Penalties

In September 2014, Lexington firefighter Jarrad McCargo backed his car into a pub and struck a pedestrian before driving off. Now McCargo may be facing serious consequences. He finds himself not only charged with DUI but also with leaving the scene of an accident, first-degree assault, and driving without insurance. Unbeknownst to the Lexington Fire… read more

Is My Breathalyzer Result Fair and Accurate?

Breath tests performed on a breathalyzer machine are a common sight in many Lexington DUI cases. The breathalyzer test is supposed to measure the ratio between the volume of that person’s breath an the alcohol contained in that breath sample and report a “breath alcohol concentration,” typically abbreviated as BrAC. In order to do this,… read more