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What Are Penalties for Felony in Kentucky?

Posted on November 4, 2012 in General Criminal Law Issues - Northern KY State Crimes in Northern Kentucky

Kentucky law allows for different penalties for different levels of felonies.  The range is from 1 year to life in prison.  Any crime punishable by more than one year in jail is considered a felony.  An attorney can assist and advise if a specific case allows for deferred prosecution, diversion or the defendant may be eligible for probation.

Felonies are divided between A, B, C and D.  A class D felony is the lowest felony and is punishable by 1-5 years in prison.  A class C felony is punishable by 5-10 years, a class B felony is 10-20 years and a class A felony is 20-50 years.  An attorney may also assist in having the charges dismissed or if a plea deal may allow for amendment of the charges to a lower class of felony.

A class A felony charge of murder is defined as a capital offense which carries possibly jail of a life sentence, life without parole for 25 years or a life-without-parole sentence.

As a general rule, if a defendant is sentenced to a term of prison, they are eligible for parole after serving 15% of their sentence.  If the charge is considered a “violent offense,” then the prisoner must serve 85% of their sentence prior to parole eligibility.

If you have been charged with a felony in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, you should seek an attorney as soon as possible.  If you have questions, need a consult or are curious about legal fees for representation, contact Michael Bouldin in northern Kentucky at mike@nky-criminal-defense-lawyer.com or call 859-581-6453 (that is 581-MIKE).

4 thoughts on “What Are Penalties for Felony in Kentucky?

  • Lori Blan says:

    My uncle’s lawyers license was suspended for 4 months and he is due to be sentenced August 6th. What will happen? Will the postpone the sentencing?

  • mbouldin says:

    You should probably hire a new attorney. If he shows up without a lawyer, it will likely be postponed.

  • Lashanda Martin says:

    My fiance was charged with conspiracy to distribute and sale of heroin and cocaine and oxycodone pills and also witness tampering they say he is looking at a possible 20 years. We need help and want to know if you can get his time lowered.

  • mbouldin says:

    There are a number of possibilities that need to be explored. No attorney can make guarantees, however an experienced criminal defense attorney can help to minimize incarceration. I feel strong that I can be substantial assistance. Call my office for consultation.

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