John E. Cornett handles a wide array of drug cases in including drug traffickingmanufacturing & cultivationpossession of chemicalsdrug possessiondrug 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 or 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 drug possession laws in Kentucky 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 basis 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; and/or the presence of related items like large amounts of cash, scales, plastic bags, etc.

The most severe penalties in Kentucky relate to 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 (“Meth”)


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

Manufacture of Meth is a Class B felony for the first offense and a Class A felony for any subsequent offense.

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