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Understanding Kentucky’s domestic violence laws

In Kentucky, domestic violence can be physical injury, assault or sexual abuse, or it could refer to causing fear of impending physical injury, if these acts occur between family members. As FindLaw explains, a family member means a spouse or former spouse, a relative, a person who is or has been in an “unmarried couple” relationship with the alleged abuser, a person who has a child with the alleged abuser, or any person who lives in the same household as the alleged abuser.

The difference between misdemeanors and felonies

Kentucky residents who are facing criminal charges could end up dealing with two different types: misdemeanors or felonies. It may not be common knowledge, but these two categories are quite dissimilar in how they're viewed legally. They can have drastically different impacts on a person's life, as well.

The details of Kentucky's marijuana laws

Kentucky is one of the many states that have recently reconsidered strict laws regarding marijuana possession. Marijuana is quickly shifting into focus as one of the state's potential cash crops, as hemp has gained recent traction among state growers and producers. While cannabis is arguably in the public eye more than ever before, Kentucky laws nevertheless still consider the possession and sale of the plant a crime. 

Marijuana remains illegal in Kentucky

Despite several states legalizing marijuana for medicinal or recreational use, Kentucky has not followed suit. There have been multiple efforts by Senator Perry Clark to change the recreational marijuana laws, but none have succeeded thus far. A bill was signed into law in 2014 to allow certain patients to use a non-psychoactive component of marijuana known as cannabidiol oil for medicinal purposes. Despite this law, patients have struggled to get access to the drug.

Know your rights: Cell phones

According to NBC News, 95 percent of Americans own a cell phone, and people across Kentucky know how integral these devices are in day-to-day life. Carrying so much personal information around in a purse or pocket does come with some protections, and it is important to know and understand a citizen's rights in case of becoming the focus of a criminal investigation.

Just say no to traffic stop searches

With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, drivers in the Elizabethtown area may see additional police patrols. The Memorial Day weekend is often called the unofficial start of summer, and the long, three-day weekends frequently are targets of law enforcement, as traffic violations and crashes frequently increase. More Kentucky State Police, Hardin County Sheriff's Office vehicles and local police departments are likely to be on the roads looking for minor violations and for potential DUIs.

New opioid law likely to lead to longer sentences and more costs

A new crime bill has passed the Kentucky legislature and become law. It increases penalties for anyone "trafficking" fentanyl and heroin and removes the "peddler distinction" that reduced punishment for many addicted to these drugs. Instead, it makes even sharing among addicts any amount of heroin a Class C felony, which carries a five- to ten-year sentence.

You are always being watched

Americans love convenience. From using a drive-thru at a fast food restaurant to pick up dinner to watching movies on our smart phones and allowing Netflix suggests the movies we watch, technology is becoming more and more all encompassing. Security cameras help protect us and traffic cameras alert us to accidents and road congestion.