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What are the possible penalties with a theft charge?

There are a couple of different approaches that states take when it comes to prosecuting theft crimes. In one approach, the simpler approach, the unlawful taking of any type of property from another person is considered theft, and the charge is usually a felony. This applies no matter what the property is or what the property's value is. However, another approach is to break down the charges based on the value of the property that was alleged to have been stolen. This is the approach taken in Kentucky.

So, what is the range of penalties associated with a theft charge in Kentucky? Well, the law begins with the basic presumption that the unlawful taking of any property is a Class A misdemeanor. A Class A misdemeanor is the highest level of misdemeanor charge, which means that the potential penalty goes up to 12 months in jail, with a minimum of 90 days. A fine of $500 could also be levied.

Taking the right approach to drunk driving charges

After a Kentucky resident has been arrested for driving while intoxicated, that individual may be wondering what the next step should be. The immediate aftermath of an arrest can be a confusing and scary time. For some people, not only have they just spent a night in jail, but they are also facing the prospect of being fired from their job or having to make arrangements for life with a suspended driver's license. On top of all of these concerns, they also have to worry about beginning to plan their criminal defense strategy.

At our law firm, we understand the fears and doubts that Kentucky residents who are facing a DUI charge feel. We know that some of the people in our clients' lives may overreact to a DUI arrest, dismissing the fact that an arrest is not the equivalent of a conviction. For us, the most important approach to drunk driving charges is protecting your future.

Alleged murder leaves one person dead and two others behind bars

As a society we have all almost certainly become desensitized toward media coverage involving violent crimes. It seems like the evening news in almost every city in America includes a report of a murder or a robbery. Kentucky communities are not immune, and a recent report detailed a tragic situation that left one young man dead and two others behind bars.

According to the reports, an incident that allegedly occurred on October 17 ended one life and sent several others into a tailspin. The reports indicate that a 19-year-old man was shot several times during an encounter with a few other individuals. The young man was found on the ground at an apartment complex and was pronounced dead.

Facing a charge of armed robbery in Kentucky

Most states break down robbery charges into different categories based on how serious the crime is perceived to be. Kentucky is no different. The most serious robbery charge a person can face in Kentucky is robbery in the first degree, otherwise commonly known as armed robbery.

All levels of robbery charges involve the use or threat of force against the victim in order to take that person's property. However, there are certain situational factors that can increase the charge up to the first degree level.

What is a computer forensics analysis? - Part Two

In a recent post here, we began to take a look at computer forensics and what types of charges could lead to this type of investigation being part of a case. Now, in Part Two, we will look at what all a computer forensics investigation entails.

For starters, although computer hardware or cell phones may be seized for this type of investigation, there is the possibility that law enforcement officials may be able to get the digital evidence that they think they need by other means, such as a search of online accounts and any information those accounts may hold. Here, however, we will focus on what takes place when hardware is seized and subjected to a computer forensics analysis.

Driving while intoxicated can lead to other charges as well

Our Kentucky readers probably know that a "standard" drunk driving charge is a misdemeanor level offense. This is the type of situation where, for instance, a person is driving home after a night out at the bar, they get pulled over for weaving or crossing the center line probably and then then they submit a breath test that shows a blood alcohol content level that is over the legal limit of .08. The arrestee will be booked in the local jail and usually released the following day, with a date in court in the near future. This type of charge can result in the arrestee losing a job, getting a license suspension or any number of other negative consequences. But, rarely does this level of DUI come with the threat of a potential prison sentence.

Driving while intoxicated can lead to other criminal charges beside a misdemeanor DUI charge. According to a recent report, two men found themselves in this very position after they were stopped while driving in Laurel County.

What is a computer forensics analysis? - Part One

In today's society many people would probably consider the digital contents of their home computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone to be private. Indeed, a recent United States Supreme Court ruling held that law enforcement officials must secure a warrant in order to look through a suspect's smartphone. But, when it gets to that stage, and a suspect's computer hardware has been seized as evidence, the hardware is often subject to a computer forensics investigation.

This type of digital analysis by law enforcement agencies has been around for quite a few years now. However, there are still many Kentucky citizens who may be wondering, "What exactly is a computer forensics analysis?" Well, in Part One of this series we will look at what types of charges could involve a computer forensics analysis. In Part Two, we will examine just exactly how this type of analysis is carried out.

Planning a defense to arson charges

There are many different criminal charges that involve allegations of property crimes, but one of the most serious is an arson charge. Kentucky residents accused of arson need a strong defense.

Arson is a crime that involves the intentional destruction of property by starting a fire. Because fires can easily spread and hurt people as well as property, the laws are very strict about this kind of property crime.

Failing to comply with sex offender registry leads to new charges

Some of our Kentucky readers may have seen a previous post here that provided some details about what exactly the sex offender registry does in our state. Individuals who are required to be listed on this registry know who they are, and they know the requirements they are supposed to meet, such as informing a law enforcement agency of the fact that they have moved, for instance. Failure to meet the requirements of the sex offender registry can actually result in the individual being arrested for a new crime altogether: failure to register.

That appears to be what happened recently in Northern Kentucky, where a 23-year-old man was arrested after he was located in a train tunnel. The reports indicate that the suspect had originally had a sex crime conviction for a case involving a minor, and as a result he was required to list his information on the sex offender registry. It appears that the suspect was still on probation for the original charge as well.

An overview of vandalism

Most Kentucky residents probably don't think of vandalism as a serious criminal charge. But, for those individuals who find themselves facing this charge in court, it could be a very serious matter indeed. Vandalism occurs when someone destroys or defaces the property of another. Many people probably think of this as a juvenile-level charge, but the reality is that adults face this type of charge every day.

Depending on the amount of damage caused in the act of vandalism, the charge could be a misdemeanor or it could even get into felony criminal mischief range. Spray painting another person's property might get a fine and a community service order to repair and repaint the victim's property, but more serious damage that requires several thousand dollars to fix could leave the suspect facing potential jail time.

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