Felony charges are the most severe crimes and carry potential prison sentences of one (1) year or more.  They are divided into four classes (Classes A, B, C, and D) with Class A being the most serious.  Most felony cases begin in district court until they are indicted by a grand jury and are then heard in Kentucky circuit courts.

An individual charged with a felony may face significant time in one of Kentucky’s state prisons.  Beyond time incarcerated, fees, court costs, probation/parole, classes, programs, etc. may all be required of a person convicted of a felony.

A felony conviction has even deeper consequences in terms of an individual’s right to possess a firearm, vote, and further places stress on employment and educational opportunities, finances, and immigration status.

Common felony charges include: 

  • DUI (Fourth or more offense)
  • Wanton endangerment
  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Burglary
  • Flagrant non-support of child support payments
  • Drug trafficking


Expungement is the process in which a criminal charge or conviction may be “erased” from an individual’s criminal record.  When a charge is expunged, it is not visible when searching that person’s criminal record (with some exceptions such as federal agencies).

Expungement for both felonies and misdemeanors require that the case be closed and any sentence imposed has terminated.  For felony cases, only certain types of Class D felonies may be expunged.  Various restrictions apply to the timeline in which an expungement may be filed and which charges may be expunged. 

Should you be eligible for an expungement, your petition will go before the court and, if granted, your original judgement will be vacated and the charges dismissed.  Expungements can be difficult to navigate and confusing.  Contact our experienced attorneys to help guide you through this process.