Guilty Mind

How Does The Intent To Commit A Crime Come Into Play In A Criminal Charge In Kentucky?

Guilty Act vs. Guilty Mind in Kentucky

Crimes are broken up into elements.  The two main elements of a crime are a guilty act also known as Actus Reus and a guilty mind also known as Mens Rea.

Criminal Defendant’s State of Mind

Essentially every crime that a person can be prosecuted in Kentucky or any other state requires Continue reading

Elements Of A Crime In KY

What Are The Elements Of A Crime In Kentucky

If you have been charged with a crime, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to get legal representation.  Some of your rights and defenses are time sensitive and waiting can harm your ability to put forward a good defense.

You can contact a lawyer with Hurst & Hurst Law at (859) 209-2101 for a free consultation.  Being charged with a crime is a serious matter, but we can help you determine whether the facts of the charge support a conviction, a lesser charge, would qualify for pretrial diversion, or even a Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Criminal Prosecution In Kentucky

The Steps Of A Criminal Prosecution In Kentucky

Understanding the process of a criminal prosecution is vital to defending a criminal charge and asserting your rights as a defendant.  The following is a step by step explanation of what happens from the time a crime is alleged all the way to the trial.

1.  How a Criminal Prosecution Begins.

There are three primary ways in which a prosecution is initiated; (1) a police officer files a complaint, (2) a private citizen files a complaint, or (3) an arrest is made without a warrant or Continue reading