White Peck Carrington
Call Today 859-274-4115

Mount Sterling Kentucky Legal Blog

Can I avoid conviction on a drug possession charge?

If you are facing charges of possession of drugs in Kentucky, you need to take the matter seriously. Convictions of any kind can put a crimp in your lifestyle, but drug convictions in particular can bar you from many of life's opportunities.

One way to mount a defense against a drug possession charge is to attack the evidence at a procedural level.

Why you may be entitled to a refund for your jail fees

In 2000, Kentucky passed a pay-to-stay law, which enables jails to take money from inmates when they are first admitted and charge them a daily “booking fee” fee for their stay—up to $50 per day. Since then, this law has been applied to all inmates, regardless of whether or not they are found guilty. One inmate recently spent 14 months in jail before his charges were dropped. When he was released, he was met with a bill for $4,000 to cover the costs of his stay.

This case has sparked a class action lawsuit in Kentucky, which claims it is unconstitutional to charge jail fees to innocent people. If victorious, this case could not only reshape the application of jail booking fees in the future, it could also mean that thousands of former inmates who were found innocent would be eligible for reimbursement of their jail fees.

DUI in Kentucky: What To Know As Thanksgiving Approaches

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, you are probably looking forward to spending the holiday with family and friends. If you raise a glass when you do, you’ll be well within the Thanksgiving tradition. After all, beer was an important source of calories for the Pilgrims.

But law enforcement is also known to have especially aggressive DUI enforcement during the Thanksgiving holiday. Here are some important items to know if you are ever stopped for DUI.

Does your full coverage automobile insurance cover everything?

If you have automobile insurance, chances are good you believe you have a "full coverage" policy. But what exactly does that insurance cover? Most people who purchase auto insurance assuming it is a full coverage policy don't know all the details.

In short, it is a myth - there is no such thing as "full coverage" auto insurance. It's a name that encompasses a wide range of policy options, many of which may or may not be automatically included in your plan.

What are the penalties for a DUI in Kentucky?

Driving under the influence of alcohol—otherwise known as a DUI—is a criminal offense that can have severe consequences. Every state has its own laws regarding DUI’s, and Kentucky is no exception.

For someone who has been charged or convicted of driving under the influence, it is important to understand the potential consequences of a DUI in the state of Kentucky.

Proposed Kentucky bill would protect drivers who hit protestors

Citywide protests have become increasingly common across the nation. Complaints against protestors range from their inconvenience to residents to their ideologies. When a protestor was killed after being hit by a car in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this year, however, a new question arose: what legal responsibility do drivers who hit protestors, who may be blocking the street intentionally, bear?

That's the question that a new bill proposed in the Kentucky state legislature aims to answer. This bill, sponsored by Rep. C. Wesley Morgan (R-Madison) and filed on October 24, would remove legal punishment (either civil or criminal) for a driver who hits a protestor and causes injury or death - provided that the driver does not intentionally hit the protestor, and that the protest involved does not have a permit.

The staggering cost of stair-related injuries

Slips, trips and falls on staircases are more common than you may think. About half of U.S. homes have stairs in them, putting many of us at risk every day for a stair-related injury.

Many tumbles down the stairs result in minor scrapes and bruises, but some groups are particularly susceptible to serious injuries. The elderly could fracture bones, young children may sustain traumatic brain injuries, and pregnant women could harm themselves or their babies. While these groups are especially at risk, serious stair injuries could affect any of us.

Traffic violations are a source of funding for many U.S. cities

For many people who receive a traffic ticket, the penalties may seem minor. You may feel disgruntled, but choose to pay the fee anyway, to avoid the process of appealing a relatively small fine.

But what may look minor to you is a big deal to municipalities across the country. Many cities rely heavily on motor vehicle revenues – ranging from parking fees to gas taxes and towing charges.

Watch out for drunk drivers this Halloween

While we all have heard the stories about poisonous candy, or razor blades found in treats, these dangers should actually be the least of your worries. It turns out on Halloween, one of the biggest causes of injuries for both parents and children are caused by reckless drivers.

According to Safe Kids USA, children are over twice as likely to die in a pedestrian accident on Halloween night than any other day of the year. And analysis from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that as many as 26 percent of pedestrian accident fatalities on Halloween are the result of drunk driving.

Do you know the details of a parenting agreement?

If you're moving forward with divorce and have at least one child with the other individual, you know that you'll have to remain in touch in the future. After all, you want to do what's best for your child, which typically means making sure he or she spends time with both parents.

This is where a parenting agreement comes into play. If you are working through a child custody dispute, your end goal is to create a parenting agreement that both parents can follow in the future. This can go a long way in keeping you on track in the years to come.

White Peck Carrington | 26 Broadway | P.O. Box 950 | Mount Sterling, Kentucky 40353-0950 | 859-274-4115 | Fax: 859-498-7363 | Map & Directions