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Are Any Changes Pending in Kentucky Criminal Law?

There are substantial changes pending with the criminal code as well drug laws in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. These provisions will have a significant impact on nearly all drug cases within the state of Kentucky as well as many other types of criminal cases. Many of the changes are intended to lessen the jail population within the state. If you are charged in a criminal case, you should know if you are charged under a new or old law and how it may affect you. Specifically, the HB 463 regarding Controlled Substances and Sentencing Reform has already passed. This requires citations for many misdemeanors, drug laws are more rational, a few enhancers have been taken out of the drug laws, simple possession of marijuana is modified from an A misdemeanor (punishable by up to 12 months in jail) to a mini-Class B misdemeanor (punishable by up to 45 days in jail maximum). Other changes include deferred prosecution for possession of narcotics, meth, LSD, PCP and GHB. HB463 also introduces mini-class D felony and mini-Class A and B misdemeanors. Another law which will take place in HB 313 includes expanded locations to store guns, or concealed deadly weapons, within a vehicles. This will change the requirements for proof of CCW (carrying a concealed weapon) within the state of Kentucky. if you are facing charges for virtually any drug possession charge, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. The new changes may or may not be applicable, depending not only on the time of the arrest but also the date the law takes effect and possibly the date of plea or sentencing. These new changes could significantly change how the case is handled and the sentence imposed. If you would like to schedule a consultation in Northern Kentucky, contact Michael W. Bouldin at mike@bouldinlawfirm.com or call 859-581-MIKE (581-6453).

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