NEWS AND ARTICLES
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.
DUI - Senate Bill 85 extends Kentucky’s first offense DUI license suspension and ignition interlock requirements.
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!
May 5, 2017
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).
April 12, 2017
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. The Easter bunny is bringing children a better chance to see both parents after a divorce.
Children in married families enjoy both their parents. Before the new law, children in divorced families enjoyed whichever parent the court picked (primary custody). These children may be allowed a short visit with the other parent.