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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 859-581-6453 (that is 581-MIKE).