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What is Homicide in Kentucky?

There are four different homicide charges in Kentucky, all of which are felonies.  From the biggest charged which carries the most incarceration, they are as follows: 1. Murder - murder is considered a capital offense.  20-50 years, life, life without the possibility of parole, and death penalty (in certain circumstances).  Parole eligibility after serving 85% of sentence or 20 years, whichever is less. 2. Manslaughter - class B felony, 10-20 years in prison.  Parole eligibility after serving 85% of sentence. 3. Manslaughter 2 - class C felony, 5-10 years in prison.  Parole eligibility after serving 20% of sentence. 4. Reckless Homicide - class D felony; 1-5 years in prison. Parole eligibility after serving 15% of sentence. For specific Kentucky Regulation regarding parole eligibility,  follow link HERE. If you have been charged with a felony homicide, it is essential that you hire competent legal counsel.  While my general advice is to hire local counsel, there are circumstances where it benefits the defendant to have an attorney who is local and other times where it is best that the attorney is from out of tow.  The local attorney knows how to deal with the local judges and the prosecutors, however there are times that the local attorney does not want to ruffle feathers.  The homicide case is different in that there are times, especially with the stakes as high as they are, that motions, filings, and arguments must be made and some prosecutors and judges may be offended by statements and implications. If you or a family member has been charged with a homicide, I generally suggest interviewing defense attorneys.  Find one  that you are confident will fight for your rights and will represent you in and out of court, and that can persuade and that you want to be your mouthpiece.  Find an attorney you trust.   Remember, there may be cases where the only thing that the judge and jury hear from you comes through the attorney!  You can have the rest of your life decided without every speaking a word. Don't go it alone and hire private counsel if you can afford to do so. For a consultation, call Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 (581-MIKE) or email questions/scheduling to [email protected].  

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