Criminal Defense of Felony and Misdemeanor Charges

Felonies & Misdemeanors In KY

Felony v. Misdemeanor Charges In Kentucky

Criminal charges in Kentucky are broken up into felony and misdemeanor charges.  Those 2 categories are further broken depending on the severity of the crime charged.

Felony Charges in Kentucky

A felony is a crime that is punishable by one year or more in prison.  Felonies are broken down in Kentucky to capital offense and Class A, B, C, and D felonies.

Capital Offenses

In Kentucky murder is a capital offense and punishable by

  • Death
  • Life without parole
  • 25 years to life in prison, or
  • 20 to 50 years in prison

Class A Felony

Class A felonies are punishable by 20 to 50 years imprisonment or life in prison.

Class B Felony

Class B felonies are punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison.

Class C Felony

Class C felonies carry a prison sentence of 5 to 10 years.

Class D Felony

Class D felonies are punishable by 1 to 5 years in prison.


Misdemeanors are crimes that are punishable by less than one year in prison.


In addition to prison terms criminal charges in Kentucky can result in orders to pay a fine up to $10,000.

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