Category Archives: Felonies & Misdemeanors

Governor Bevin Unveils New Program to Help Inmates Gain Skilled Jobs Upon Release

Inmate Jobs
Re-Entry Jobs

Inmate Jobs

One of the hardest things to do when inmates get out of prison, is to find jobs.  Let alone good jobs.   Today, Governor Bevin unveiled a new apprenticeship program that will help inmates learn skilled jobs.  This will help inmates meet employers and receive training while still serving their time.  Then, once they are released, they will be more prepared to find good jobs.

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Re-Entry for Convicts: Senate Bill 120 Introduced Today

Re-Entry for Convicts

Re-Entry SB120
Governor Bevin introduced SB120, sponsored by Senator Westerfield, on February 14, 2017.  Courtesy of WKYT.

Today, Governor Bevin introduced a new law to help convicts’ re-entry into society.  Senate Bill 120 (SB120) was introduced to the KY Senate for consideration by the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Senator Whitney Westerfield sponsored the bill.  The  purpose of the Bill is to help those who have served their time to get jobs and treatment.  This bill resulted from the Criminal Justice Reform panel that Governor Bevin initiated this past summer.

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Criminal Justice Reform, Coming Soon to Kentucky!

Criminal Justice Reform
Criminal Justice Reform, image credit Thinkstock and story courtesy of

Criminal Justice Reform

This past summer, Kentucky’s Governor created a council to consider proposed changes to the state’s criminal justice system.  The council has created proposals for criminal justice reform in the state.  This would result in reduced jail time for many lower level offenses.  This new approach is often referred to by the slogan, “Smart on Crime.”  Lawmakers will consider the council’s recommendations in coming legislative sessions.

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Felony Conviction Box No Longer On State Job Applications

Felons Jobs

Governor Bevin just signed an order that will help felons get jobs.  The order will remove the Felony Conviction box on State job application forms.

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Governor Bevin Signs Removal of Conviction Box on State Job Applications, courtesy of

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KYAnonymous, Hacker’s Co-Conspirator Sentenced

The co-conspirator to the computer hacker, KYAnonymous, has been sentenced in Federal Court.  See the story, below:

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To Die or Not to Die? That is the Question

Capital Punishment
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Capital Punishment and Mental Illness:

Whether you are in favor of the death penalty or against it, the following story could lead to a very disturbing result.

Are we going to put to death those who suffer from mental disease? Are the methods we use to determine the issue of  competence outdated?

We are getting ready to find out. See the article below.

Death penalty, the mentally disabled at issue for justices:

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One Every Ten Years And You Will Be Safe

DUI Ten Year Look-Back Period


The New Law in KY:

The general public might not be aware that this last Legislative session produced yet another unfair law. Some may believe that people get what they deserve if they drink and drive. However, everyone is still entitled to equal protection under the law.

As you will see in the article below, care of WDRB in Louisville, the issue is whether or not the law can be applied retroactively. The old DUI statute provided for enhanced penalties for each DUI conviction within a 5-year period (commonly referred to as the “look back” period). Defendants relied on that provision when they agreed to plead guilty. This agreement was entered into between the prosecutor and the individual, and accepted by the Court. Now, those same individuals are subject to enhancement for any offense that occurred in a 10 year look-back period.

An Example:

For instance, lets say that Bob is a sophomore at UK. Bob attends a rush party and makes the bad decision to drive home after having a few drinks. This occurs in 2007. That would be Bob’s first offense.

Fast forward to 2016. Bob is a top performer at a sales company. Bob has a wife and three kids. Bob’s  company sponsors a golf scramble and during the reception afterwards, Bob has two drinks over about an hour and a half. Bob leaves, feeling no effects whatsoever from the drinks that he had. On the way home, Bob is stopped for rolling through a stop sign.

From there everything goes downhill. Bob is asked to blow into a portable breath test machine.  Then the officer asks him to submit to a field sobriety test ( in 21 years of practicing DUI defense, I have never seen a person who passed a field sobriety test). Bob is locked up.

Under the old law, because it had been over 5 years since his last conviction,  Bob would be charged with a first offense DUI and be subject to 30 days in jail (which people rarely get), up to a 120 license suspension (which people rarely get), fines and costs and will have to go to DUI school.

Under the new law, the look-back period is 10 years so he will be charged with a 2nd offense, which carries six months in jail with  a mandatory 7 days in jail, a 12 -18 month license suspension, fines and costs and 52 weeks of DUI school.

Obviously, when Bob pled guilty to the DUI in 2007, he did so with the understanding that there would be a 5 year look back period. As he is about to find out, that isn’t so. At least according to some Courts in Kentucky.


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