Going to prison is just one of the long-term consequences associated with a criminal conviction. All the talk recently in the media about prisoner release programs and the need for sentences for conviction of a criminal charge that do not rely incarceration appear to be falling on deaf ears.
As a general rule, what the police can see from a road or public sidewalk can be seized by them without violating someone’s constitutional rights. What this means is that leaving an illegal explosive device out in the open on your kitchen table so it is clearly visible to anyway, including police, from the sidewalk is visible from the sidewalk is probably not a good idea.
The complexity of today’s criminal laws can make it easy for even normally law-abiding citizens to run afoul of them. False allegations, such as frequently occur in domestic assault cases, may result in the filing of a criminal charge.
A traffic violation usually results in a lot of grumbling about having to pay penalties because you forgot to activate your turn signal. Sometimes, however, being stopped by the police can end with serious misdemeanor or felony charges because of what police find during a search of the vehicle.
Criminal defense attorneys frequently advise their clients not to give statements to the police because those statements can be used to convict the person of a criminal charge. It should go without saying that if making statements to the police is not a good idea, then putting them into a book and publishing it has got to be one of the worst ideas ever.
The plethora of both federal and Kentucky state laws that you may be subject to at any given time, whether your are at work or even at home, can be daunting to consider. “Ignorance of the law is not a defense” is a phrase you may already be familiar with, but it can take on a more frightening meaning when you consider the law in terms of, “You don’t know what you don’t know."
There is a saying among lawyers, "The law is a seamless web." What this means is that when you are involved with one part of the law, you will frequently discover that you will also touch upon one or more other areas at the same time. This is true of criminal as well as civil law in Kentucky, as an incident involving three men illustrates.
Most states limit the amount of time they give police and prosecutors to file a criminal charge against someone suspected of committing a crime. The reason this is to prevent law enforcement agencies and prosecutors from delaying the filing of charges in order to place the defense attorney representing the accused at a disadvantage.
This post is meant only as an overview of the subject of criminal attempt, is not a comprehensive examination of the topic. It does not, for example, address issues such as the question of impossibility as a defense against a charge of attempted criminal activity. Anyone facing an accusation of attempting to commit a crime should retain legal defense counsel experienced with criminal defense cases without delay.
A drone hovering over a Kentucky backyard was no match for the homeowner’s shotgun. The 47-year-old waited until the drone and its attached camera were hovering directly over his swimming pool deck where his 16-year-old daughter was sunbathing before he fired and brought the mechanical intruder to the ground.