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Kentucky Parole & Probation



Criminal offenders in Kentucky may be eligible for probation, which allows them to complete their criminal sentences while free in the community. Similarly, people who have served part of their time in Kentucky jail or prison may be eligible for parole, or early release. While on parole or probation, offenders are required to meet certain rules and requirements. Violating these conditions puts the offender at risk of being incarcerated. A parole and probation attorney can help criminal offenders obtain parole or probation and defend offenders at revocation hearings.

Are You Eligible for Probation?

If you've been charged with a crime or found guilty of a crime, you're probably wondering if you can avoid incarceration and instead serve probation. That's a fair question.

Your criminal defense attorney or probation lawyer is the best person to advise you on your probation eligibility. That's because he or she will know the exact crime or crimes you've been accused or convicted of.

In general, Kentucky law says that you are ineligible for probation if your crime involved the use of a weapon. Specifically:

"When a person has been convicted of an offense or has entered a plea of guilty to an offense classified as a Class A, B, or C felony and the commission of the offense involved the use of a weapon from which a shot or projectile may be discharged that is readily capable of producing death or other serious physical injury, the person shall not be eligible for probation, shock probation, or conditional discharge, except when the person establishes that the person against whom the weapon was used had previously or was then engaged in an act or acts of domestic violence and abuse...against either the person convicted or a family member...of the person convicted. "

If you are granted probation, you will be required to abide by the Kentucky Conditions of Supervision. Among other things, these conditions require an offender on probation to:

  • Not use or possess alcohol or drugs (other than legally obtained prescriptions)
  • Avoid associating with convicted felons
  • Submit to random drug and/or alcohol testing
  • Obtain and maintain a job
  • Not break any laws

Find & Hire Local Kentucky Parole & Probation Attorneys

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