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Kentucky ranks third in the country for binge drinkers

A recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. It cites Kentucky as having the third highest binge-drinking rate in the country. It's estimated that the average binge drinker annually consumes 652 drinks per person.

The only states with a higher rate are Arkansas, at 841, and Mississippi, at 831. Hawaii ranks fourth at 611. The national average is 467. Washington, D.C. has the lowest binge-drinking rate of 316.

Domestic violence charges can impact your entire life

Facing domestic violence charges is a difficult spot to be in because you are having to address matters related to a loved one. When the person who is the alleged victim in the case is your spouse, you are facing some very real challenges that can turn your life upside down.

One thing that you have to remember is that there is a chance that orders of protection, or restraining orders, will be filed in these cases. What does this mean for you? It means that you can't return home so you will have to find another place to live while the case is moving through the court system.

Domestic violence can involve nonphysical attributes

Intimate partner violence, which is another term for domestic violence, is often associated with attacks that leave physical marks on a person. While this is one of the most common types of domestic violence, it often comes with other forms of control. Sometimes, you might do some of these without even realizing that you are doing them.

One form of domestic violence that might be easily overlooked is emotional abuse. You might think that you are being funny or just picking on your spouse, but if your spouse takes those to heart, you might be guilty of domestic abuse. This is a harsh reality for some people, but it is a wake-up call if you think there is a chance that you are doing this.

Your criminal defense case can't be one-size-fits-all

Every criminal case has unique elements that aren't present in similar cases. These are the points that you have to think about when you are trying to come up with a defense strategy. We know that you don't want to have the proverbial book thrown at you. This is why we want to get started on your case as early in the process as possible.

When you are facing criminal charges, you need to think about the possible penalties you might have to deal with. Weigh those against the defense options that you have to determine what you are going to do. You might find that if you take the time to think about things from a logical standpoint instead of from an emotional standpoint that what you need to do becomes a bit clearer.

Think about the reasons for hiring a defense attorney

Sometimes, people go back and forth about whether they want to spend the money to get a criminal defense attorney. It might be tempting to try to represent yourself, but this is actually taking a gamble with your freedom. You should make sure that you are keeping the reasons to hire a criminal defense attorney in mind when you are trying to make this decision.

One of the most important reasons why you need a lawyer is because these individuals are familiar with the laws that pertain to your cases. The Kentucky criminal code is quite complex and very involved. Without an intimate knowledge of its contents, you might be lost when certain aspects of the case are handled.

Felony charge cases must be carefully planned

Felony charges are very serious matters that can end with you in prison. No matter what type of felony you are facing, you need to get started on a defense as quickly as possible. Putting this off could mean that you have to rush to throw a defense together at the last minute, which isn't a good idea. We know that it is very tempting to just live life and pretend like you aren't in a fight for your freedom. We are here to help you address the charges head-on.

One thing to remember is that while there is a good chance that you will face incarceration, it isn't always 100-percent certain. Sometimes, felony cases are resolved through probation and related programs. This doesn't take away the felon branding after the conviction, but it does allow you to rebuild your life without having to spend time in prison.

Know the criteria for drug possession charges

When you hear that you are facing drug possession charges, your heart might drop into your stomach. The realization that you having the drugs in your possession was a criminal matter might be shocking. It is imperative that you think carefully about what you are going to do from here because you will need to create a strong defense to fight against the charges.

There are some instances in which you might not have been aware that you had the drug. Since the law notes that you have to be knowingly in possession of a controlled substance, you might be able to base your defense on the lack of knowledge. This is something that might be a challenge, but that doesn't mean it is impossible.

Drunk driving this weekend is a pretty bad idea

It is never a good idea to drink and drive, but there are some days when it is an even worse idea than normal. This weekend falls into the worse category because of the Super Bowl on Sunday. There is a good chance that police officers will be watching drivers even more closely than normal because of the parties that usually occur for the game.

We understand that it isn't always possible to count on other people to make it home after a party. If you head out this weekend, have a few drinks and realize that you will have to drive yourself home, there is a chance that you are going to spend some time in a jail cell.

Learn your options in the criminal justice system

The criminal justice system has a lot of possibilities. There are many different outcomes for cases and several ways to resolve them. When you are a defendant in one of these cases, it is best for you to learn about the ways that your case might be resolved so that you can determine what you are going to do.

We understand that for a person who hasn't ever been involved in the criminal justice system, this is a difficult journey. It is probably one that you never imagined you would have to take. We are here to help you explore the options that you have so that you can go into each step of the process with the information you need.

Understand what comprises a jury of your peers

One of the rights of a person who is facing a serious criminal charge is that he or she can have a jury trial. The jury has to be comprised of the defendant's peers, but this doesn't mean what many people think it means. Here are some points to remember about a jury of your peers in the criminal justice system:

Saying that you need a jury of your peers is representative of people who are equal to you in every regard is a misleading thought. Instead, a jury of your peers means that the members of your jury are members of the community around you. They are representative of the area where you live. They might not be the same gender, race or religion. They may not be close to you in age.

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