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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.

What is the Kentucky sex offender registry?

Many of our readers probably know that the Kentucky State Police maintain a sex offender registry as required by law. The requirement of being listed on the sex offender registry is usually part of the sentence of almost any sex crimes charge. This is on top of other special requirements, which often include attending special counseling or facing a ban on the use of computers or other internet-connected devices. However, even though the sex offender registry has been around for quite a few years now in Kentucky, and, in fact, in most other states, many people still do not know how these registries work.

For starters, not everyone is required to register on this database. If the type of charge the individual was convicted of does not require registration or if the person was convicted of the charge before the sex offender registry existed, that person will not appear on the database.

Important documents to have when crafting a defense strategy

Most of our readers are probably getting used to a more "paperless" society as more information is shifted to digital storage and viewing. And, while there are many court systems throughout the country that are embracing this approach, mostly from a cost saving prospective, the vast majority still deal with paper documents all day, every day. For someone accused of committing a crime in Kentucky, it is important that all of the documents related to the case are kept.

The documents that are generated when someone is arrested are important pieces when beginning to formulate a criminal defense strategy. An arrestee in Kentucky will usually want to have documentation regarding their prior criminal history, if any, as well as the details of any police investigation that was conducted leading up to the arrest.

Alleged relationship leads to sex crimes arrest

For as many problems as the Internet has solved in this world, it seems to have created hundreds more. Sure, it is great to be able to do all the Christmas shopping online, or save entire catalogues of music and movies in a cloud-based storage system. But, law enforcement agencies across America have begun to pay close attention to allegations of Internet use for illegal conduct.

For instance, one Kentucky man, a resident of Worthington, has been arrested on sex crimes charges based on his alleged use of the Internet to maintain a relationship with a teenage girl. The girl is 17-years-old and the arrestee is 31-years-old.

Increased focus on driving while intoxicated in Kentucky

Everyone knows that driving while intoxicated is a serious concern throughout the country, and in Kentucky in particular. Steering clear of this type of behavior is just as much about protecting your future as it is about avoiding a criminal conviction. But, we all know that people engage in this dangerous behavior anyway, and now is a good time to inform our Kentucky readers about a new initiative that the Kentucky State Police have joined.

According to a recent report, the KSP will be part of the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. Even though law enforcement agencies throughout the state focus on catching drunk drivers each and every day, during this national campaign there will be a renewed effort to crackdown on anyone who is operating under the influence on Kentucky roadways. The national enforcement campaign is set to run through the Labor Day holiday on September 1.

Learning the basic facts about search and seizure

Unless illegal drugs are in plain view during an interaction between a police officer and a Kentucky citizen, most arrests on drug possession charges are the result of a search. There are innumerable ways a search could begin, but not all searches are conducted legally. When a search is conducted incorrectly, any illegal items that are found in the search could be suppressed -- meaning that the evidence cannot be used in court in pursuit of a conviction.

The fact is, however, that many people simply do not know what constitutes a "search" in legal terms, and therefore they don't know whether or not the search they were subjected to was legal or not. For starters, if police conduct a search with a valid search warrant -- meaning that the search warrant is without any constitutional defects -- then more often than not the search will be legal.

Kentucky woman faces sex crimes allegations

There are a lot of stereotypes in our world, and none more prevalent than those associated with crime. For instance, when it comes to, say, domestic violence, the stereotype is that the perpetrator is always male and the victim is always female. Of course, that is not always the case. The same is true when it comes to sex crimes.

So, when reports surface about a female suspect facing charges related to child sexual abuse, it can be a bit jarring and most times people don't know what to make of it. That confusion, and the stereotypes surrounding the societal view of what is a crime and what is not when it comes to male-female sexual contact, will certainly come into play in one Kentucky case.

Alleged drug dealers arrested in law enforcement operation

It is not uncommon for federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to team up when investigating illegal activity that is occurring on a large scale. There are even some operations that are conducted on a nationwide basis. However, for all of the attention these larger law enforcement operations garner in the media, there are still operations that take place at the local level that can have a huge impact, and may leave individuals facing serious criminal charges.

For instance, many of our readers may have heard about a sweep that took place in Jackson County recently. According to reports, law enforcement officials in Jackson County teamed up with the Kentucky State Police to launch a huge one-day operation that resulted in the arrest of 23 people. The majority of the arrestees will reportedly be facing drug charges.

Police operation targets alleged drug distribution ring

Most of our readers know that certain drugs are surging in popularity in Kentucky and other states these days, most notably heroin and crystal meth. As a result, law enforcement officials on the local, state and federal levels are ramping up on large-scale operations intended to crackdown on anyone who is alleged to be involved in operations that manufacture or distribute these drugs.

According to a recent report, one such operation was carried out in Hardin County recently, and eight people were arrested as a result. The reports indicate that the Hardin County Drug Task Force engaged in extensive undercover police work to expose what they have labeled a "major" crystal meth distribution ring. The alleged operation covered several counties in Kentucky, with Jefferson County and Hardin County the main areas of concern.

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