What Are Penalties for Felony in 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?”

  1. 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?

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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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