Guilty but Innocent: The Alford Plea
Plea Agreements Generally
At this point it is rather common knowledge that most criminal cases end with a plea agreement rather than a trial. In cases where the criminal defendant has actually committed the crime; and has no credible defense, this is usually the best course of action. Alford Pleas differ slightly from normal guilty pleas.
A competent criminal defense attorney can often work out an arrangement with the prosecuting attorney; where the defendant receives a lesser sentence or is permitted to plead guilty to a lesser charge. Sometimes defendants are allowed to avoid incarceration altogether with Pretrial Diversion programs. However, a traditional guilty plea does require the criminal defendant to Continue reading
What Is A Persistent Felony Offender In Kentucky?
In Kentucky, the concept of a Persistent Felony Offender (PFO) is created by Kentucky Revised Statute 532.080 which authorizes additional punishment for people who are at least twenty-one (21) years of age and have been convicted of multiple felonies within a given time period.
What Is The Time Frame To Get Charged With PFO In Kentucky?
The amount of time is difficult to explain because it can be calculated multiple ways.
The two most likely ways to qualify as a Persistent Felony Offender are (1) having been released from incarceration for a previous felony within the five (5) years of committing another felony and; (2) committing a felony while on any type of post incarceration supervision. Continue reading