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Newport Criminal Defense Attorney
Have you found yourself face-to-face with a Newport police officer? Instead of feeling protected, you might be nervous and agitated. What does law enforcement want with you? Did you break any laws? What did the officer see? You don’t know what kinds of penalties you’ll face and how your life might be affected. If you’re charged with criminal activity, there’s a possibility it will appear on your record. You could lose your family, friends and career.
This is the time to call Luftman, Heck & Associates for a free and confidential consultation. Pick up the phone and dial (513) 338-1890 and speak with a Newport criminal defense lawyer today.
Traffic Violations in Newport
When you get a traffic ticket, it’s easy to make the mistake of simply paying the fine and putting it behind you. However, there’s more to worry about than the financial penalty. Depending on your violation, you’ll accrue points on your driver’s license, your insurance rates might raise and you could have restrictions placed on your driving privileges.
Drivers in the Cincinnati area get pulled over every day for a variety of traffic offenses. If you were stopped on the road, you might not even know why. Officers are vigilantly looking for all sorts of violations, including:
- Eluding charges
- Driving with a suspended license
- Reckless driving
- Vehicular assault
You can still fight the charge in court. Find out how a Newport criminal defense lawyer from Luftman, Heck & Associates can find the best outcome in your case. Call now for legal assistance from Cincinnati attorney Brad Groene. You’ll have focused and personalized attention given to your case from a lawyer whose sole practice areas cover criminal defense, DUI / OVI charges and traffic violations.
DUI Charges in Newport
Kentucky law makes it easier for prosecutor’s to convict you of a DUI. The state adopted a “Per Se” clause, making driving with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or higher illegal, regardless of whether the driver was impaired. However, field sobriety tests may also be used as evidence to prove impaired driving. Kentucky even has “implied consent” for chemical testing, meaning that if you are driving, you have already agreed to a BAC test if stopped. Refusal can result in harsher punishments in court, such as a doubled mandatory jail sentence and a license suspension.
The penalties for a DUI conviction in Kentucky become stricter with each offense within five years.
- First Offense: fine between $200 and $500; jail time between 48 hours and 30 days; community service between 48 hours and 30 days; license suspension between 30 and 120 days
- Second Offense: fine between $350 and $500; jail time between seven days and six months; community service between 10 days and six months; license suspension between 12 and 18 months; one year of drug and alcohol treatment
- Third Offense: fine between $500 and $1,000; jail time between 30 days and 12 months; community service between 10 days and 12 months; license revocation between 24 and 36 months; one year of alcohol and drug treatment
- Fourth Offense: fine between $1,000 and $10,000; jail time between one and five years; license revocation for 60 months; one year of alcohol and drug treatment
Drug Offenses in Newport
Kentucky classifies controlled dangerous substances (CDS) into five “schedules,” with Schedule I drugs being the most dangerous drugs with the highest potential for abuse, and Schedule V drugs being the least dangerous with a minimal risk of abuse. Standard drug possession charges are broken down into three degrees:
Possession in the First Degree
Knowingly possessing any quantity of narcotics listed in Schedule I or Schedule II, methamphetamines, LSD, PCP, CHB or Rohypnol is punishable by up to $10,000 and as much as three years in prison.
Possession in the Second Degree
Knowingly possessing certain amounts of Schedule I or Schedule II drugs that do not contain narcotics, or some drugs in Schedule III, is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $500 fine.
Possession in the Third Degree
Knowingly possessing drugs listed in Schedule IV or Schedule V is punishable by a $500 fine and up to one year in prison.
Why Hire a Newport Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you’re up against criminal charges in Campbell County, you want a local defense lawyer who knows the system. Your best bet at a legal victory is to hire Brad Groene from Luftman, Heck & Associates. Brad has been serving clients in the Cincinnati area for years, and he’s won numerous cases in his time.
Do you live in Campbell County but face charges somewhere else in the greater Cincinnati area? Call Luftman, Heck & Associates to get legal coverage from Brad Groene. Located in Cincinnati’s Business District, the office also serves Clermont County, Warren County, Butler County, Kenton County, and many more. Click here for a full list of the areas we service.
Contact Northern Kentucky Criminal Defense Lawyer Brad Groene
If you are being investigated for criminal charges or are being accused of a crime, call the Cincinnati criminal defense team of Luftman, Heck & Associates today at (513) 338-1890 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Campbell County criminal defense lawyer Brad Groene is available 24/7 to answer your questions.