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Criminal Law in Kentucky

Kentucky is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be accused of a crime. This is no exaggeration; the Commonwealth has one of the highest rates of incarceration in a nation with one of the highest rates of incarceration. Kentucky jurisprudence is relentless and remarkably unforgiving. It should be noted that there is no statute of limitations on any crime in this state, which means that people can be, and often are, arrested and incarcerated for warrants and indictments from decades ago. Again, this is no exaggeration, and the Kentucky prison system is filled, right now, with people who were accused of DUI or drug crimes in the 1980s or 1990s. Never underestimate the danger posed by a criminal indictment in Kentucky. They can, and will, throw the book at you. Proceed without a lawyer at your own profound risk.

Here are the four types of crimes that represent the vast majority of accusations and indictments in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

DUIs, or Driving Under the Influence indictments, are extremely serious, but they are handled separately from most criminal law.

Drug crimes are generally classified as misdemeanors or as felonies, but the particular body of law relating to drug crimes, as well as the general attitude of the justice department towards them, requires a specific approach.

Misdemeanors are generally considered to be lighter crimes that are not as worthy of punishment as felonies. Crimes like shoplifting and trespassing are misdemeanors, as are most marijuana crimes. However, due to the particular nature of Kentucky’s legal system, these must be attended to carefully or they can start a cascade of legal problems of virtually unlimited scope.

Felonies represent all the most serious crimes. Murder, rape, and burglary are all felonies. It is absolutely essential to mount a robust legal defense against felony charges. A lawyer must be consulted and retained to take charge of this defense. There is no practical limit to the penalties that may result from a felony conviction, so those without able legal defense are risking their lives in a very real sense.

No matter what your situation may be, contact Forman & Associates today for thorough professional legal counsel, assistance, and representation.