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Kentucky woman could face only probation despite criminal record

A Kentucky woman who had previously avoided prison time after killing two people in a DUI crash could face little more than probation again despite facing a slew of new drug and firearm charges. An error by the police might lead to the most serious charges being dismissed.

According to court records, the woman entered into a plea deal in early March with the Jefferson County prosecutor. The sentence handed down by the judge could be for a minimum of five years probation or a maximum of three years in prison. The defendant admitted in the plea agreement to possessing methamphetamine and prescription drugs with the intent to distribute. She also admitted possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The gun charge pled to by the defendant was a lesser offense that was originally possession of a handgun by a felon. While this was the most serious charge the defendant faced, an error by law enforcement destroyed the state's case and ultimately led to the downgraded charge. According to law enforcement, the handgun possessed by the defendant was mislabeled while in the property locker and eventually auctioned. With the gun no longer in the possession of law enforcement, the prosecutor announced that they were unable to move forward on the gun charge.

A DUI charge can lead to serious consequences. An individual facing a DUI could face fines, the loss of driving privileges, public service and even incarceration. In addition, a DUI conviction can affect an individual's ability to get or maintain employment. An attorney with experience in criminal defense law may be able to help an alleged offender navigate the criminal justice system.

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