Criminal Defense


Oakley & Oakley defends clients in District Court and Circuit Court criminal defense cases in Lexington, KY.

  • Misdemeanors
  • Felonies
  • DUI /  Alcohol Intoxication
  • Probation / Parole Violations
  • Weapons Charges
  • Violent Offenses
  • Traffic Offenses / Speeding Tickets
  • Drug Offenses– Trafficking /  Possession /  Manufacturing
  • Theft Offenses and Receiving Stolen Property
  • Assault / Robbery / Burglary
  • Rape and Arson
  • Sex Crimes and Illicit Images
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Offering competent criminal defense is more than just knowing the law. Your representative also needs to have a sound understanding of the rules of evidence,a strong connection with the Court, and a working relationship with the prosecuting attorneys. In state court, unlike federal court, the same case with the same facts and charges can be handled entirely different based on the venue of the case.

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Federal Criminal Experience:

Federal criminal defense practice is night and day different from state court criminal defense practice. The rules, policies and procedures are not the same and, in most instances, the stakes are much higher as it relates to ranges of imprisonment. Probation eligibility is much more restricted and there is no parole in the federal system. In addition, most cases involve a term of “supervised release” which follows the service of any sentence of imprisonment that, if not handled properly, may result in more prison time after the original sentence has already been served. Finding an attorney with legitimate experience in federal court is absolutely necessary to receiving a favorable result. Your attorney should understand the United States Sentencing Guidelines, the impact of any applicable statutory minimum sentence or other sentencing enhancements, how to attack inappropriate enhancements such as career offender classifications or drug quantity calculations, the importance of handling presentence interviews in order to avoid any unexpected guideline enhancements related to “relevant conduct,” prior criminal history, and role in the offense.

Jay Oakley has 10 years of regular and consistent experience as a criminal defense attorney in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. He is a member of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel, which is comprised of regularly practicing criminal defense attorneys who are qualified to handle criminal cases in federal court.

  • Drug Trafficking Offenses
  • Drug Manufacturing Offenses
  • Racketeering and Criminal Enterprises
  • White Collar Offenses (bank fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, etc.)
  • Conspiracies /  Organized Crimes
  • Violent Offenses, Assault and Robbery
  • Firearm Offenses / Felon in Possession of Firearms
  • Armed Career Criminal
  • Child Pornography
  • Illegal Entry/Re-Entry
  • Theft/Embezzlement/Receiving Stolen Property
  • Probation and Supervised Release Violations
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