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16 Nov

Sentencing Commission Releases Study on Alternatives to Incarceration

By |November 16th, 2017|Criminal Law|

The United States Sentencing Commission recently released its study on federal alternative-to-incarceration court programs.  Alternative-to-Incarceration court programs (“ATIs”) refer to drug courts, therapeutic courts, and other problem solving courts (e.g., veteran’s courts or youthful offender courts).  ATI programs typically involve a collegial, rather than adversarial, judicial process, and are designed to provide an alternative to […]

7 Nov

Adams, Stepner Partners with the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo)

By |November 7th, 2017|News and Updates, Uncategorized|

Adams, Stepner, Woltermann & Dusing, PLLC is a proud legal partner of the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) and is committed to its mission in the Commonwealth.  For more than 25 years, we have been a legal partner to KACo, and we will be participating in the 2017 KACo Conference & Exposition at the Galt […]

25 Apr

Sentencing Commission Releases New Recidivism Study

By |April 25th, 2017|Blogs, Criminal Law, LayerSlider|

In March 2017, the United States Sentencing Commission published a report titled, The Past Predicts the Future: Criminal History and Recidivism of Federal Offenders. The report’s findings were based on a study of over 25,000 federal offenders who were released from prison or placed on probation in 2005. The study was designed to […]

17 Apr

Judges May Consider Mandatory Minimum Sentence for Gun Offense When Determining Appropriate Sentence for Predicate Offense

By |April 17th, 2017|Blogs, Criminal Law, LayerSlider|

Under federal law, it is a crime to use or carry a gun in relation to a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime, or to possess a gun in furtherance of such a crime. 18 USC 924(c). This crime carries a distinct penalty that must be imposed in addition to the punishment provided […]

23 Mar

Adams Stepner Partner Gerald F. Dusing Named Chair of Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners

By |March 23rd, 2017|Firm Blog, News and Updates|

The Supreme Court of Kentucky has appointed Adams Stepner Partner, Gerald F. Dusing, to serve as Chair of the Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners, effective April  1, 2017. The Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners is charged with the responsibility of administering the Kentucky Bar Examination, which law school graduates must pass before they may be […]

15 Mar

Sentencing Guidelines are Not Subject to Vagueness Challenges

By |March 15th, 2017|Criminal Law|

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court decided on March 6th that the federal Sentencing Guidelines are not subject to vagueness challenges under the Due Process Clause.  Beckles v. United States,  580 U.S. _____ (2017), Slip Op. No. 15-8544.  Beckles was precipitated by the Court’s opinion in Johnson v. United States, 135 S. Ct. 2551, […]

7 Mar

Kentucky “bans the box” for state job seekers

By |March 7th, 2017|Criminal Law|

In February, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed an executive order to “ban the box.”  The practical effect of this order means that job applications for state government positions will not include a section asking the applicant whether he or she has ever been convicted of a crime.   This measure will give individuals with criminal records […]

1 Mar

Adams Stepner Participates in Statewide Hunger Relief Campaign

By |March 1st, 2017|Community News, Firm Blog|

On February 7, 2017, ASWD partner Lee Metzger attended the kickoff ceremonies at the Capitol building in Frankfort for the first annual Kentucky Legal Food Frenzy. Mr. Metzger is the Co-Chair of the inaugural Legal Food Frenzy planning committee.

The Legal Food Frenzy is an initiative of the Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the Attorney […]

20 Feb

Kentucky Supreme Court Expands Availability of Pretrial Release

By |February 20th, 2017|Criminal Law|

Effective January 1, 2017, the Supreme Court of Kentucky has authorized the Non-Financial Uniform Schedule of Bail Administrative Release Program (“Administrative Release Program”) to be used throughout the Commonwealth.  Supreme Court Amended Order 2016-10 was issued for the purpose of expediting the pretrial release of low to moderate risk defendants charged with non-violent, non-sexual misdemeanors.  […]

14 Feb

Adams Stepner Attorney Tommy Simendinger Named Chairperson of Innovation Alley Activation Team

By |February 14th, 2017|Firm Blog, News and Updates|

Adams Stepner is pleased to announce that Tommy Simendinger, a member of the firm’s Business Representation Group, has been named as the Chairperson of the Innovation Alley Activation Team for 2017, further strengthening the firm’s ties and dedication to promoting entrepreneurship throughout the Northern Kentucky region. Innovation Alley, located behind UpTech and between Washington […]