Serious charges need a serious defense. Lead Attorney Bradley Clark has successfully defended murder cases. He is ready to fight for you
Felony offenses are the most serious crimes on the books. A felony is defined by Kentucky law as any offense that can carry a sentence of one year or greater. A felony conviction is life changing: in addition to potential prison time, you face a permanent scar on your criminal record. Future employment opportunities will be minimal. Many professional licenses will be completely off the table. With 92% of employers performing background checks, and very few hiring felons, a felony conviction can be an economic death sentence. If you or a loved one are charged with a felony offense, contact our Lexington criminal defense attorneys at Clark Law PLLC to figure out what to do next. We can listen to the facts and help you decide what is best for you. We have had hundreds of felony cases amended to misdemeanors or dropped completely.
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Common Felony Charges in Kentucky
While there are dozens, if not hundreds of felony charges on the books in Kentucky (and we can handle them all), here are some of the charges our office most frequently handles:
- Possession of a Controlled Substance First Degree – KRS 218A.1415 – Many controlled substances, including cocaine, heroin, LSD, oxycodone, and hydrocodone are now classified as felonies and carry one to three years in prison. We know alternatives to keep you out of prison and potentially, your record clean.
Read more on our Lexington Drug Lawyer Information Page.
- Trafficking in a Controlled Substance First Degree – KRS 218A.1412 – Trafficking offenses carry stiff penalties even though many that are charged with trafficking are only users or were found in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Read more on our Lexington Drug Lawyer Information Page.
- Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500 – The theft of a cellphone could lead to a felony conviction.
- Burglary – Entering a building to commit a crime can carry up to twenty years in prison.
- Financial Crimes/White Collar Crimes – Our firm has represented defendants charged with all manner of financial crimes. From simple check charges to complex corporate accounting cases.
Read more at our Lexington White Collar Defense page.
- Violent Crimes – We have secured favorable results for clients including not guilty verdicts and misdemeanors for a range of violent crimes including Murder, Manslaughter, Reckless Homicide, Assault 1st Degree, Assault 2nd Degree, Assault 3rd Degree, and Wanton Endangerment.
Read more on our Lexington Assault and Homicide page.
- Sex Offenses – Offenses such as “Possession or Viewing of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance by a Minor” can be devastating. Our experience with technology can make the difference in defending what seems like an open and shut case.
Read more on our Lexington Sex Offense Defense page.
Read more on our Lexington Theft Lawyer page.
Lead Attorney Bradley Clark
Recent Felony Case Results
- Case Dismissed For Client Facing Fifty Years in Prison for Burglary - Our client was facing fifty years in prison for multiple counts of Burglary First Degree, Theft, and Assault. The client ...
- Client Facing Five Years For Felony Trafficking Receives Two Weekends - Our client was facing five years in prison for the felony of Trafficking Marijuana, as well as Fleeing and Evading ...
- Recovering Addict Receives Treatment Rather Than Prison, Avoids Felony - Our client was facing up to three years in prison for Possession of Opioids (KRS 218A.1415). A recovering addict, he ...
The Clark Law Felony Defense Process
While every case requires a custom tailored plan, we have a four-step process that almost all of our felony cases go through.
- Collaborate – we meet with you and any loved ones that you would like to be a part of the process. We explain the potential repercussions of the charges as well as potential strategies for dismissing or minimizing the charges, as well as getting your life back on track. We take a three-hundred-sixty degree approach and consider all angles. Our job is more than keeping you out of prison. We look at potential damage to your reputation, employment, immigration status, and physical health. We deploy public relations strategies and vocational and drug rehabilitation treatment to not just minimize your exposure but to give you your life back.
- Investigate – we interview witnesses, review discovery, and meet with forensic scientists in your case. Our forensic science training allows us to challenge the evidence against you–including digital evidence, DNA, and fingerprints.
- Litigate – after determining what facts could be available to the jury at your trial, we deploy a litigation strategy to minimize harmful facts and develop helpful ones. This can include motions to dismiss, inspect, and suppress evidence.
- Mitigate – your case isn’t just about “guilty” or “not guilty”. Mitigating factors, facts that explain your conduct, can lead to a lower sentence. We investigate and remediate your substance abuse history, history of domestic violence, mental health, and other backgrounds to make a compelling argument for leniency to the prosecution, the judge, and the jury.
“Can I Get Probation for a Felony in Kentucky?”
Many felonies are eligible for probation in Kentucky. If you are convicted of a felony offense, the decision of whether you serve your sentence in prison or on probation will be up to the judge presiding over your case. The judge will look to a number of factors in making their decision how you will be sentenced. These factors can include:
- The Requirements of the Law
- Prior Criminal Record
- The Nature of the Offense Charged
- Alternative Sentencing Plans Proposed by Your Defense
- The Testimony of the Victim through a Victim Impact Statement
- The Result of Your Pre-sentencing Investigation Risk Assessment
- Statements Made by You and Your Attorney at Sentencing
Bradley D. Clark Receiving the 2017 Young Professional Alumni Award from UK College of Law Dean Brennen
Can I Get Diversion for My Felony Charge?
In Kentucky, under KRS 533.250, a person charged with a Class D felony, and, in some circumstances, a Class C felony, can petition the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the right to participate in a pretrial diversion program. Admittance into the program is in the discretion of the prosecutor. In order to qualify, you must:
- Be charged with a Class D felony, or
- Be charged with a Class C felony and first complete court approved substance abuse treatment under KRS 533.251; and
- Not have been convicted of a felony in the last ten years; and
- Not have completed pretrial diversion in the last five years; and
- Your offense must be one that is eligible for probation; and
- Your offense cannot be a sex crime.
Even if you don’t think your offense qualifies, it may be possible to have the charge amended at the grand jury. Give us a call to discuss diversion possibilities for your charge.