Our law firm is a small-town, general practice located in Richmond, Kentucky (Madison County) with more than 40 years of legal experience. We are local lawyers dedicated to providing aggressive representation and personal service to our clients. Whether you're dealing with a devastating injury or loss, facing criminal charges or a variety of other legal issues, we will fight to protect your rights.
Commonwealth v. G.S.
Charge: CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF FORGED INSTRUMENT - 1ST DEGREE (CLASS C FELONY), TRAFFICKING IN MARIJUANA and POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA
After a search of our client's residence, police accused client of possessing over $800 worth of counterfeit 20 and 50 dollar bills, trafficking marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia. After a Preliminary Hearing the judge ruled that there was not probable cause to support the felony charge and the Commonwealth moved to dismiss the remaining charges.
Result: ALL CHARGES DISMISSED
Commonwealth v. H.S.
Charge: COMPLICITY TO TRAFFICKING CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 1ST DEGREE (>=2 GMS METHAMPHETAMINE) (CLASS C FELONY 5-10 YRS), COMPLICITY TO TRAFFICKING CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 1ST DEGREE (HEROIN) (CLASS C FELONY 5-10 YRS) and POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - 1ST DEGREE (METHAMPHETAMINE) (CLASS D FELONY 1-5 YRS)
Client was pulled over for minor traffic violation. After client was stopped a K-9 performed a "free air sniff" of client's vehicle and gave a positive alert that drugs were in the vehicle. As a result, police officers searched the vehicle and discovered multiple baggies of methamphetamine, heroin and pills, along with a digital scale. We filed a motion to suppress all evidence due to an illegal search of the vehicle, which the court granted.
Result: ALL DISMISSED
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Commonwealth v. J.B.
Charge: RAPE- 1ST DEGREE, CLASS B FELONY (10-20 YRS) and UNLAWFUL IMPRISONMENT- 2ND DEGREE, CLASS D FELONY (1-5 YRS)
Client was accused luring a hotel clerk to his room where it was alleged that he forced her to have sexual intercourse and refused to allow her to leave. We were able to prove through text messages that the allegations were false, which resulted in the dismissal of the charges .
Result: ALL CHARGES DISMISSED
Commonwealth v. R.V.
Charge: RAPE- 1ST DEGREE, CLASS A FELONY (20 YRS - LIFE), 2 COUNTS - SEXUAL ABUSE - 1ST DEGREE, CLASS C FELONY (5 YRS - 10 YRSS ), INCEST - VICTIM U/12, CLASS A FELONY (20YRS - LIFE) and RESISTING ARREST, CLASS A MISDEMEANOR
Client was accused of having sexual intercourse with his daughter from the time she was 13 years old until she was 17 years old. It was also alleged that client sexually abused another minor female during the same time period. Client was alleged to have resisted arrest when officers attempted to take him into custody. We raised significant issues regarding the veracity of the witnesses of the Commonwealth, which resulted in the charges being amended.
Result: 2 YEARS on Sexual Abuse (amended to Class D), 90 Days on Resisting arrest, Rape charge DISMISSED, Incest charge DISMISSED
*** UPDATE 9-14-2017 *** - CLIENT WAS SHOCK PROBATED
NEW LAWS EFFECTIVE JUNE 27, 2019
Felony Expungement - Senate Bill 57 will expand the number of Kentuckians eligible to have low-level felonies expunged from their criminal. It will do this by expanding discretionary expungement to all Class D felonies with some exceptions for crimes such as stealing in office, abusing children and sexual abuse. It includes a five-year waiting period to apply for expungement, reduces the application fee from $500 to $250 and provisions for prosecutors to object and judges to reject the applications.
Strangulation - Senate Bill 70 will make non-fatal strangulation its own felony crime.
MADISON COUNTY SHERIFF ANNOUNCES DUI ROADBLOCKS
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office (Kentucky) has announced they will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints throughout the Memorial Day weekend. These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Special attention will be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence), sobriety, insurance, and registration violations.
Remember you may have a defense if you are cited or arrested as a result of these check points! You should contact a lawyer as soon as possible!
Click here for the traffic safety checkpoint locations as approved by the Madison County Sheriff's Office!
On Thursday, May 4, 2017, Randy O'Neal was recognized at the annual Madison County Law Day Dinner for serving as the 2016 - 2017 President of the Madison County Bar Association. Randy has previously served the Madison County Bar Association as Vice-President (2015 - 2016), Treasurer (2014 - 2015) and Secretary ( 2013 - 2014).
New child-custody law lets Ky. children win with shared parenting
Monday, Gov. Matt Bevin signed a revised law affecting temporary child-custody orders — the starting point for divorces. Kentucky’s House and Senate unanimously approved the law, which creates a presumption of joint custody and equal parenting time.
The new law, House Bill 492, answers many Kentucky children’s prayers.