Kentucky divides criminal offenses into two categories – felonies and misdemeanors. While felony charges are considered more serious, misdemeanor charges can still result in up to one year in jail. Misdemeanors can also cost you your job, prevent you from obtaining employment and destroy relationships. We understand how serious the fallout from a misdemeanor charge can be. We take our job defending you just as seriously as we do with felony charges. Our attorneys use various methods – from formal discovery to Freedom of Information Act requests – to quickly gather all of the available evidence. We then use this evidence to being developing your misdemeanor defense strategy.
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There are two classes of misdemeanors in Kentucky law:
Class A Misdemeanor
Class A misdemeanor offenses in Kentucky are criminal charges that carry penalties such as jail sentence of not more than twelve months or a fine of not more than $500.00, or both jail and fine.
Examples of crimes categorized as Class A Misdemeanors include (but are not limited to):
- Theft by unlawful taking under $500
- Sexual misconduct
- A second offense DUI or second offense operating a vehicle on a revoked or suspended license both within a 5 year period
- 4th Degree Assault
- Possession of burglar’s tools
- Domestic Battery
- Violation of a protective order
Class B Misdemeanor
Class B misdemeanor offenses are less severe misdemeanors which carry a penalty of 90 days maximum in jail or a fine of not more than $250.00, or both the jail sentencing and monetary punishment of a fine. An even lesser class of offense is what is known as a “violation” which carries a penalty of fine only, up to $250.00.
Examples of crimes categorized as Class B Misdemeanors include (but are not limited to):
- A first offense DUI or first offense operating a vehicle on a revoked or suspended license both within a 5 year period
- Public Intoxication
- Resisting arrest
- Criminal trespass in the second degree
- Harassing communications
Regardless of whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or violation, a conviction can have consequences other than imprisonment or fine. For example, a conviction may be reported on your criminal background check which can result in the loss of a job or even future employment opportunities. You are entitled to defend yourself with the help of a capable and experienced lawyer in your area.
Our team of attorneys will examine every aspect of the case to develop your misdemeanor defense
Before going to court alone without an attorney, or just pleading guilty to a crime, carefully consider the full range of potential consequences and discuss the matter with an experienced attorney. Our team of criminal defense attorneys in Lexington KY is always available to discuss your case. Call us at 859-258-2697 to speak with an attorney today.