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Kentucky Criminal Possession Charges

When clients are charged with possession, they are generally referring to drug cases.  Possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of controlled substances (PCS) are the most common charges in Kentucky.  PCS may be a schedule I, II or III charge.  If the charge is PPossession of Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, it is a Felony charge in Kentucky.

Kentucky Supreme Court Upholds 10 Year Look Back on DUI

In June, 2016 the Kentucky legislature changed the DUI look-back period from 5 to 10 years. The look-back period is the time that a Defendant will have the charge remaining on his record and is subject to greater and enhanced penalties for a second or subsequent offense. This was challenged by a large number of defendants, primarily because they had been told after a finding of guilt that it would result in a 2nd DUI if they got another one within the next 5 years. Additionally, the plea agreements were for anyone pleading guilty, specifically advised the defendant that a 2nd offense within 5 years would result in greater penalties.

Felony Drug Possession

In Kentucky, possession of narcotics is almost always a felony charge.  Most people arrested are charged with PCS, Possession of Controlled Substance, first offense.  This is codified as KRS 218A.1415. If you have been charged, you shoudl hire an attorney.  For consultation, call 581-MIKE; 859-581-6453. Under PCS statute in Kentucky states:

Felony Criminal Defense in Northern Kentucky

If you are charged with a felony crime, you are wise to hire an attorney to represent you throughout the process.  As a practicing attorney for 22 years in Northern Kentucky, the best advise is to "lawyer up" as soon as possible. ANY statement to the police or other investigating agency can and will be used against you.  The best meaning desire to be compliant with the officer will often lead to either an actual or allegation of a confession. If you have been charged or are the subject of investigation, schedule an appointment to meet with an experienced criminal defense attorney. As an attorney in Kenton, Campbell and Boone practicing criminal defense for well over 20 years, I have represented clients charged with almost every criminal classification in the Kentucky statutes.  This includes the entire Kentucky penal code, driving and DUI laws, as well as all drug statutes. Whether you are wanted for questioning, have been cited, charged or are under indictment, you should know your rights prior to any proceeding.  How you proceed depends greatly on your ability to determine your situation and the possible outcomes.  If you have the right to remain silent, it is often in your best interest to do so.  If you have a plea date, that could mean that your attorney has scheduled you for a plea or it could the the last date the Judge will entertain a negotiated plea, after which you should be prepared for trial.  Whether or not you accept ANY plea or choose to take  your case to trial should be your decision, after you have the facts and knowledge and advice of competent legal counsel. For representation in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, call Michael Bouldin at 581-MIKE, 859-581-6453 or email [email protected].

What If I Don't Qualify to Expunge a DVO?

I recently posted the standards for expunging an EPO/DVO.  See LINK. If you do not qualify, you shouild write a letter to your state Write your state representative.  I have done so and have encouraged clients, readers and potential clients to do the same through this website.  Let me again try to incite action! There is a House of Representative and State Congressman in your district.  Look it up online in Kentucky by following this LINK.  Tell him/her how the laws on protective orders are unfair and negatively impact your life.  You can have a EPO or DVO against you even if you never did anything. The large majority of EPOs and DVOs never relate to any charges or criminal convictions.  Point out that the Defendant/Respondent loses valuable constitutional rights:  the hearings are held without the right to an attorney, without discovery, without the right to a jury trial and the burden of proof is not beyond a reasonable doubt. Additionally, the judges often opt in favor of protection instead of actually listening to the evidence and seeing what is provided.  A mere allegation of a threat or fear, regardless of whether the fear is rational, is sufficient to many judges in Kentucky.   Since they are elected, Judges often make decisions based on "what ifs" in case there is ever a problem how will it look to potential voters in the next election. There have been recent changes to allow for expungements of EPOs, but it remains incomplete.  The expungement provision relates only to an EPO under KRS 403.745:  (a) If a petition under KRS 403.715 to 403.785 did not result in the issuance of a domestic violence order, the court in which the petition was heard may for good cause shown order the expungement of the records of the case if: 1. Six (6) months have elapsed since the case was dismissed; and 2. During the six (6) months preceding the expungement request, the respondent has not been bound by an order of protection issued for the protection of any person, including an order of protection as defined in KRS 456.010. (b) As used in this subsection, "expungement" has the same meaning as in KRS 431.079. Effective: January 1, 2016 If you have questions or concerns and need legal assistance, contact Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 or email [email protected].

Expunge DVO or EPO?

QUESTION: Hello, I recently seen your website when searching Google for answers about a DVO. So 4 years ago my wife and I had got into and argument where I had told her I was going to take my children etc. Well she had got a EPO against me claiming a bunch of stuff that was definitely false so that she could get temporary primary care of the kids, well this was brought before a judge with no evidence of the things that she had said on the paper. The judge for some reason still ruled in her favor and turned it into a 1 year DVO she later went back after about 3 months and tried dismissing the DVO which the judge said that he feels nothing was learned in this and there is a lesson to be learned so he kept it on there till it was lifted after the year. My wife and I have gotten back together after the year of the DVO and I'm unable to pursue my choice of career which is being a police officer. So my question is there anyway I can go before a judge or do anything for that matter to get this taken off me for good so I can live my life and provide for my family and the public. I live in Kentucky and I just want to talk to someone that knows more about this situation. Are these forever permanent and will I never be able to be a "trusted" guy in some eyes? LAW: There has recently been a change to allow for expungements AT ALL. The expungement provision relates only to an EPO under KRS 403.745: (a) If a petition under KRS 403.715 to 403.785 did not result in the issuance of a domestic violence order, the court in which the petition was heard may for good cause shown order the expungement of the records of the case if: 1. Six (6) months have elapsed since the case was dismissed; and 2. During the six (6) months preceding the expungement request, the respondent has not been bound by an order of protection issued for the protection of any person, including an order of protection as defined in KRS 456.010. (b) As used in this subsection, "expungement" has the same meaning as in KRS 431.079. Effective: January 1, 2016 ANSWER: Since your case DID result in the issuance of a DVO, there is no provision for sealing or expungement of the record. Send letters and lobby your legislators to pass laws that would allow for expungement of these things. Often these are filed to gain an advantage in a custody case and without any real proof or evidence. The DVO can be granted because the judge simply wants to make sure everyone is safe. Many judges believe that because it is "only a civil case" that it has no effect. Obviously, it DOES affect a persons rights as well as their perception by potential employers Your case is exactly why it is needed. If you have questions about expungment, EPO or DVO, call attorney Michael Bouldin at 581-MIKE (859-581-6453)and schedule an appointment or email at [email protected]

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