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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.

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.

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