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    John E. Cornett handles a wide array of drug cases in Lexington, Kentucky, including drug trafficking, manufacturing & cultivation, possession of chemicals, drug possession, drug paraphernalia, and much more. Drug charges in Kentucky can be serious and contain hefty sentences. Don't risk your defense case on just any Kentucky attorney.

    Drug Possession in Kentucky

    Drug possession in Kentucky means the drugs are actually in one's custody and under one's control. A conviction for drug possession must be based on concrete evidence legally acquired through proper police procedure, beyond a reasonable doubt.

    The consequences for breaking Kentucky drug possession laws are based on whether the charge is considered a first-degree offense, second-degree offense, or third-degree offense. Kentucky law determines the degree by the type of drug involved.

    Drug Trafficking in Kentucky

    In Kentucky, drug trafficking charges are much more serious than drug possession offenses. The decision to charge a person with drug trafficking rather than drug possession in Kentucky is typically based on the quantity of drugs in the suspect’s possession, the packaging of the drugs, or the presence of related items like large amounts of cash, scales, plastic bags, etc.

    The most severe penalties in Kentucky relate to for trafficking (or conspiring to traffic) drugs categorized as Schedule I or Schedule II substances. The first conviction results in a fine of up to $10,000 along with possible imprisonment for up to ten years; the penalties are doubled for repeat offenses.

    Manufacturing Methamphetamine

    A person is guilty of manufacturing methamphetamine when he knowingly and unlawfully manufactures methamphetamine; or, with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, possesses two or more chemicals or two or more pieces of equipment used in the manufacture of meth.

    Manufacture of methamphetamine is a Class B felony for the first offense and a Class A felony for subsequent offenses.

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