Lexington Drug Trafficking Lawyer
Were you arrested on suspicion of trafficking a controlled substance in Lexington, Kentucky? If so, you need to assert a strong defense and make it as difficult as possible for the prosecutor to convict you and send you to prison. To start your legal fight, all you need to do is contact me, a seasoned Lexington drug trafficking lawyer at Oakley & Oakley, LLC. My name is Jay Oakley, and your first consultation with me is free, so call now.
How I Will Help You Fight Drug Trafficking Charges In Lexington
All drug crimes in the state of Kentucky are a serious matter. Allegations of trafficking can take your criminal case to another level. The state will work hard to get a conviction, and that means that your future is most definitely at stake. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and reduce the likelihood of a lengthy prison sentence. Enlisting the help of an experienced Lexington criminal defense attorney can level the playing field, strip the prosecution of its advantage and even tip the scales of justice in your favor. At Oakley & Oakley, LLC, I have nearly 20 years of experience and have been advocating on behalf of clients in Fayette County for more than a decade. I work hard and, time and again, have secured favorable outcomes in cases just like yours. When you need help, I’ll be there to stand by your side and fight. Among other things, you can expect me to:
- Launch a detailed investigation into your arrest
- Work to secure a reasonable bond on your behalf
- Offer you sound legal advice on an as-needed basis
- Stand up for your constitutional rights
- Devise a smart and effective defense strategy for your case
- Consult with respected experts about the nuances of your case
- Negotiate a plea bargain deal with the prosecution, if that’s in your best interest
- Litigate on your behalf at trial, if necessary
At Oakley & Oakley, LLC, I am ready to defend you against criminal drug charges. Please give me a call today to schedule a free consultation at my law office in Lexington. I have many years of experience in the legal field, and I are ready to go to battle for you.
Understanding The Drug Trafficking Laws In Kentucky
The state of Kentucky has many laws on its books that make it illegal for residents to sell controlled substances, such as:
Drug Trafficking In The First Degree
Section 218A.1412 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes says that it is illegal for an individual to knowingly traffic in:
- 4 or more grams of cocaine
- 2 or more grams of methamphetamine
- Ten or more units of a Schedule I or II narcotic drug
- Any quantity of fentanyl, heroin or carfentanil
Individuals who violate this statute are guilty of drug trafficking in the first degree. The state of Kentucky usually classifies this criminal offense as a Class C or Class D felony. However, courts may upgrade this crime to a Class B felony under certain circumstances.
What is Probable Cause?
Probable cause is a legal term that is often misunderstood. Law enforcement must have probable cause to believe you committed a crime before they search or arrest someone.
Probable cause is a particular and reasonable belief that an individual is:
- committing a crime,
- has committed a crime or
- is about to commit a crime.
Questions to Ask a Criminal Defense Lawyer During a Free Consultation
When you need to hire a criminal defense lawyer to represent you, it can be challenging to know what you are looking for. Obviously, you want your lawyer to be experienced, attentive, and personable. After all, who you hire matters. That is why it is so important you are prepared when you meet with an attorney for a free consultation. Knowing which questions to ask and what answers to look for can help you weed out the lawyers who might not be a good fit and zero in on the attorneys who will do an excellent job defending you. But many people who are in search of a lawyer are doing so for the first time. They have never been arrested or summoned to a courtroom before. Knowing where to even begin can be stressful in and of itself. To help you navigate the challenging process of hiring the right lawyer, here are several questions you might want to ask during a free consultation.
How to Know if You Hired a Good or Bad Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are accused of a crime or you are under investigation for a crime, you have the right to legal counsel. It does not matter whether you face drug crime charges, DUI charges, or weapons charges. The United States Constitution guarantees you the right to consult with a criminal defense lawyer. Never give up or waive your right to counsel when facing criminal charges in Kentucky. Always exercise your right to consult with a lawyer before answering questions or giving the police a statement.
Drug Trafficking In The Second Degree
Section 218A.1413 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes says that it is illegal for an individual to knowingly traffic in:
- Ten or more units of a Schedule I or II non-narcotic drug
- Twenty or more units of a Schedule III controlled substance
This statute further explains that it is unlawful for an individual to supply, prescribe or sell an anabolic steroid for:
- Enhancing a person’s performance in a sport, exercise or game
- Increasing a person’s muscle mass without medical necessity
Lexington residents who violate this criminal statute are guilty of drug trafficking in the second degree. Courts in the state of Kentucky almost always punish this crime as a Class D felony.
Drug Trafficking In The Third Degree
Section 218A.1414 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes says that it is illegal for an individual to knowingly traffic in 20 or more units of a Schedule IV or V controlled substance. When Kentucky law enforcement officers catch people violating this statute, they can arrest them and charge them with drug trafficking in the third degree. The severity of this criminal offense depends on the amount of drugs the suspect had on their person at the time of their arrest. If they had fewer than 120 units of the controlled substance, this crime is a Class A misdemeanor. However, if they had more than 120 units, the state can upgrade it to a Class D felony.
Section 218A.1450 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes says that it is illegal for an individual to knowingly traffic in salvia for human consumption. People who violate this law are guilty of trafficking salvia – a Class A misdemeanor in the state of Kentucky.
Drug Trafficking In A School
Section 218A.1411 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes says that it is illegal for an individual to knowingly traffic in a Schedule I, II, III, IV or V controlled substance or any other prescription drugs within 1,000 feet of a school building. If you’ve been accused of trafficking drugs at the University of Kentucky, Transylvania University, Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) or another school in Lexington, you could face Class D felony charges. At Oakley & Oakley, LLC, I have been defending clients against drug possession and trafficking charges for years – and securing many favorable outcomes along the way. So, if you were recently arrested on suspicion of committing one of the offenses outlined above, please do not hesitate to give me a call. I might be able to help you get your charge dropped or reduced.