What Are Penalties for Felony in Kentucky?

by on November 4, 2012

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).

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