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What Is New Good Samaritan Law for Heroin in Kentucky?

Effective March 25, 2015, Kentucky has enacted KRS 218A.133 which exempts from prosecution for those seeking assistance with drug overdose.  This is known commonly as a Good Samaritan Law and is intended to encourage calling for medical assistance instead of watching a friend die in order to avoid criminal prosecution. Interestingly, not all jurisdictions have taken full The law is intended to increase calling and emergency response in life or death situations.  The Stated is to exempt fro prosecution for possession of controlled substances or drug paraphernalia if seeking assistance.  Unfortunately, there are cases in which the police/arresting agency have chosen to instead charge with Trafficking or the new charge under KRS 218A.1410 of Importing Heroin.  This is a more serious charge, being a Class C felony which also mandates service of 50% of the sentence. A class C felony is punishable by 5-10 years in prison. This may be a new wave or may be simply for the purpose of saving another life.  Parents should also be aware of Casey's Law which can mandate treatment for those addicted to drugs.  At times, an arresting officer may overcharge a case simply to place a heroin user in jail.  The general consensus is that a heroin addict will either end up in jail or dead.  If you or a loved one is in need of help, seek counseling and treatment.  Treatment will almost never hurt a criminal defendant. If you have been charged with possession, trafficking or importing heroin, you NEED an experienced criminal defense attorney.  For consultation in Northern Kentucky, contact Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 or email at [email protected].

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