Have you been prevented from volunteering at your child’s school or lost employment opportunities because of your criminal record? If so, we have exciting news. As of July 15, 2016, certain Class D felony convictions can be expunged in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. To see if you are eligible to take advantage of this new expungement law, please contact us by phone or e-mail for a free consultation.

Felonies, Misdemeanors And Traffic Offenses

Like many states, Kentucky divides crimes into two major categories — felonies and misdemeanor offenses. Under these broad categories, there are varying classifications and punishments depending upon the crime and whether a defendant has a previous criminal record.

The attorneys at Shumate, Flaherty, Eubanks & Baechtold are ready to vociferously defend you against a range of felonies, misdemeanors and traffic offenses, providing sound legal advice and support throughout the various stages of your trial.


Felony offenses are serious crimes classified into four different categories — A, B, C and D class felonies. Each classification carries different punishments ranging from just a few years in prison to life terms, and even the death penalty for capital offenses. There are rigorous sentencing guidelines, and felons can expect to receive the following penalties:

  • For a class A felony, not less than 20 years nor more than
    50 years, or life imprisonment
  • For a class B felony, not less than 10 years nor more than
    20 years
  • For a class C felony, not less than five years nor more than 10
  • For a class D felony, not less than one year nor more than five

Class A felonies include crimes such as robbery, kidnapping and rape, whereas murder is treated as a capital offense — a category that stands alone due to its heinous nature. Kentucky is among a large group of states that administer the death penalty for murder under aggravating circumstances.


Conversely, misdemeanors are much less serious, and may only result in a few months in jail or various fines and fees. Misdemeanors are divided into class A and class B. According to Kentucky law, the penalties for misdemeanors are as follows:

  • For a class A misdemeanor, the term shall not exceed 12 months
  • For a class B misdemeanor, the term shall not exceed 90 days

Traffic Offenses

Lawyers at our Richmond, Kentucky, law firm are also prepared to represent you if you are facing a traffic offense such as a speeding ticket or parking violation.

Both traffic offenses and misdemeanors can be expunged from your record, meaning previous charges could be removed at a court's discretion provided that an offender has served his or her time in jail or paid necessary fines and fees and the legally required period of time has elapsed. Since convicts can face housing and employment discrimination, maintaining a clear record is essential. Our team can help with the expungement process as well.

The point to underscore is that we have skillfully represented numerous clients facing an array of felonies, misdemeanors and traffic offenses. This type of experience is difficult to come by, making our team an invaluable asset if you have been arrested and charged with a crime in Madison County, or a nearby community.

Contact the criminal defense attorneys at Shumate, Flaherty, Eubanks & Baechtold by calling 859-623-3049.