Frequently Asked Questions: Criminal Law in Louisville, KY

Clients often have questions about criminal law, including questions about legal terms or what to expect in court. Here are some basic questions people frequently ask:

What are the differences between felonies and misdemeanors?

In Kentucky, a misdemeanor is a criminal offense, other than a traffic infraction, where the offender is subject to 12 months in jail. By comparison, the penalty for a felony is at least one year in prison, under the custody of the Department of Corrections.

What is a criminal record?

A criminal record is a history of your contact with law enforcement authorities, such as arrests, convictions, case dismissals, acquittals, parole and any parole violations.

What is the Kentucky zero tolerance law?

In Kentucky, any driver under the age of 21 who drives while having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .02 percent is subject to DUI penalties.

How do authorities determine the seriousness of drug crimes?

Possession of drugs is generally not as serious an offense as drug distribution or drug trafficking. However, authorities determine the seriousness of drug crimes based on the activity involved with the drug, the type of drug and the quantity of drug in possession.

What are the Kentucky penalties for marijuana possession?

In Kentucky, a first offense possession of less than eight ounces of marijuana is a misdemeanor subject to 45 days in jail and a $250 fine. Subsequent offenses involving the same amount of marijuana are felony charges with potential penalties of five years in prison and fines up to $10,000.

What happens if I refuse to take a Breathalyzer test?

Refusal to take the test for a first DUI offense results in a minimum six month license revocation, even if the driver is not convicted of a DUI . A refusal to take the test for a second DUI offense results in a minimum one-year driver's license revocation. A third offense results in a two-year license reovcation. In all three offenses, the jail penalty doubles if convicted.

Contact The Campisano Law Office in Louisville, KY today!

When facing criminal charges, people turn to the Campisano Law Office for experienced criminal defense they can count on. Call our Louisville, Kentucky law office at 502.220.4329 or contact us online to discuss your arrest or criminal charges.