About

About

S. Lynn O' Neil

S. Lynn O’Neil has been representing clients in a variety of criminal and civil courts in Jefferson, Fayette, Hardin, Shelby, and many other counties throughout the state since 2012. Her practice primarily focuses on criminal law, personal injury, assault and battery, DUI, traffic offenses, theft, drug crimes, drug forfeiture, and drug trafficking and expungement as well as family law. Her practice primarily involves helping people charged with a crime navigate through the complex criminal justice system.

S. Lynn O’Neil has been representing clients in a variety of criminal and civil courts in Jefferson, Fayette, Hardin, Shelby, and many other counties throughout the state since 2012. Her practice primarily focuses on criminal law, personal injury, assault and battery, DUI, traffic offenses, theft, drug crimes, drug forfeiture, and drug trafficking and expungement as well as family law. Her practice primarily involves helping people charged with a crime navigate through the complex criminal justice system.

Expungement

Expungement

Attorney

What Charges Can Be Expunged

 

The people that contact our firm regarding expungement indicate that they have been applying for jobs and have had difficulty or were told that criminal charges prevent them from being considered for the position.  If a charge gets expunged, by Kentucky law it becomes hidden and will not appear when a criminal record report is ordered. This obviously means that when a person applies for a job in the future after the expungement has gone through, the employer will not see the charge(s) listed. And even better, by law, “[t]he person whose record is expunged shall not have to disclose the fact of the record or any matter relating thereto on an application for employment, credit, or other type of application.” See KRS 431.076(6) and KRS 431.078(6).

 

What Can Be Expunged

 

The most common question attorneys at our firm are asked regarding expungement is whether a particular charge or charges may be expunged.

 

The law allows the following types of charges to be expunged:

Type of Charge

When Expungement May Occur

 

Violation charges (including traffic tickets) that were dismissed or where the person was acquitted of the charge 60 days after charges were dismissed or acquittal. Misdemeanor charges (including DUI) that were dismissed or where the person was acquitted of the charge 60 days after charges were dismissed or acquittal. Felony charges that were dismissed or where the person was acquitted of the charge 60 days after charges were dismissed or acquittalFelony charges that did not result in a criminal prosecution1 year after charges were filed. Violation (including traffic tickets) convictions 5 years after sentence or successful completion of probation, whichever occurs laterMisdemeanor (including DUI) convictions 5 years after sentence or successful completion of probation, whichever occurs later (so long as the time for enhancement to a second or subsequent offense has expired)Certain Class D Felony convictions 5 years after sentence or successful completion of probation, whichever occurs laterFirst conviction for possession of controlled substance or any conviction for possession of marijuana, synthetic drugs, or salvia. Immediately after completion of treatment, probation, or other sentence. *Juvenile misdemeanors or violation convictions, status offenses, and mental health issues 2 years after termination of the court’s jurisdiction or unconditional release from commitment.

 

 

How Much Will Expungement Cost

 

$300, possibly more depending on your case:

 

Our Fees for Drafting and filing of expungement paperwork and up to 1 court appearance in:

 

  • A “court” is a county and either a District or Circuit court

     

  • We file to remove ALL charges on your record that are expungement-eligible within the court 
  • The same service in each additional court (only if applicable to your case) 
  • Additional services (only if applicable to your case) 
  • Voiding of drug convictions, pardon of felony convictions, extensive negotiations with prosecutor, appeal/motion to reconsider, etc. 
  • Varies based on serviceCourt/Filing Fees (including court service charges)
    Expungement certification fee charged by the courts (only if applicable to your case$40
     

    Misdemeanor or violation conviction filing fee charged by the courts, including court service fee (only if applicable to your case$104

     

  • Felony conviction filing fee charged by the courts, including court service fee (only if applicable to your case$504

 

 

 

Will It Work? Will The Charges Actually Come Off

 

Our firm is very experienced in this area of the law. We know the nuances of the law and in most cases the specific local practices to prevent unnecessary delays or rejections of an expungement request. Upon receipt of your information and criminal record report we are able to pick out all charges eligible for expungement and the means by which to do this quickly and inexpensively. If we do not feel we can assist you in any aspect we let you know up front. Our knowledge and experience comes in handy at various stages of the process which may include:

 

 

  1. Properly filing the petitions, motions, etc. 
  2. Negotiating with prosecutors 
  3. Appearing in court and getting the request approved by the judge 
  4. Keeping the client updated and informed along the way 

Generally speaking, clients prefer us to handle the process for them, which we are happy to do. That means we proceed efficiently behind the scenes, taking care of court appearances for the clients and providing them with updates and copies of paperwork we receive. We find clients prefer to minimize their involvement with the legal system so we try to facilitate this as best we can.

 

How Do I Get Started With My Expungement

 

• Submit the attached intake form and  submit payment of $300 to expunge all eligible charges in a single court.

• This will give us the necessary details for our experienced expungement and record clearing attorneys to thoroughly review your case.

• One of our attorneys will email you regarding the charges on your record and their eligibility for expungement. You will be given the option to expunge additional charges from other courts and be informed of filing fees, if applicable. Obviously before filing your expungement, our legal fees and all filing fees must be paid.

What Charges Can Be Expunged

 

The people that contact our firm regarding expungement indicate that they have been applying for jobs and have had difficulty or were told that criminal charges prevent them from being considered for the position.  If a charge gets expunged, by Kentucky law it becomes hidden and will not appear when a criminal record report is ordered. This obviously means that when a person applies for a job in the future after the expungement has gone through, the employer will not see the charge(s) listed. And even better, by law, “[t]he person whose record is expunged shall not have to disclose the fact of the record or any matter relating thereto on an application for employment, credit, or other type of application.” See KRS 431.076(6) and KRS 431.078(6).

 

What Can Be Expunged

 

The most common question attorneys at our firm are asked regarding expungement is whether a particular charge or charges may be expunged.

 

The law allows the following types of charges to be expunged:

Type of Charge

When Expungement May Occur

 

Violation charges (including traffic tickets) that were dismissed or where the person was acquitted of the charge 60 days after charges were dismissed or acquittal. Misdemeanor charges (including DUI) that were dismissed or where the person was acquitted of the charge 60 days after charges were dismissed or acquittal. Felony charges that were dismissed or where the person was acquitted of the charge 60 days after charges were dismissed or acquittalFelony charges that did not result in a criminal prosecution1 year after charges were filed. Violation (including traffic tickets) convictions 5 years after sentence or successful completion of probation, whichever occurs laterMisdemeanor (including DUI) convictions 5 years after sentence or successful completion of probation, whichever occurs later (so long as the time for enhancement to a second or subsequent offense has expired)Certain Class D Felony convictions 5 years after sentence or successful completion of probation, whichever occurs laterFirst conviction for possession of controlled substance or any conviction for possession of marijuana, synthetic drugs, or salvia. Immediately after completion of treatment, probation, or other sentence. *Juvenile misdemeanors or violation convictions, status offenses, and mental health issues 2 years after termination of the court’s jurisdiction or unconditional release from commitment.

 

 

How Much Will Expungement Cost

 

$300, possibly more depending on your case:

 

Our Fees for Drafting and filing of expungement paperwork and up to 1 court appearance in:

 

  • A “court” is a county and either a District or Circuit court

     

  • We file to remove ALL charges on your record that are expungement-eligible within the court 
  • The same service in each additional court (only if applicable to your case) 
  • Additional services (only if applicable to your case) 
  • Voiding of drug convictions, pardon of felony convictions, extensive negotiations with prosecutor, appeal/motion to reconsider, etc. 
  • Varies based on serviceCourt/Filing Fees (including court service charges)
    Expungement certification fee charged by the courts (only if applicable to your case$40
     

    Misdemeanor or violation conviction filing fee charged by the courts, including court service fee (only if applicable to your case$104

     

  • Felony conviction filing fee charged by the courts, including court service fee (only if applicable to your case$504

 

 

 

Will It Work? Will The Charges Actually Come Off

 

Our firm is very experienced in this area of the law. We know the nuances of the law and in most cases the specific local practices to prevent unnecessary delays or rejections of an expungement request. Upon receipt of your information and criminal record report we are able to pick out all charges eligible for expungement and the means by which to do this quickly and inexpensively. If we do not feel we can assist you in any aspect we let you know up front. Our knowledge and experience comes in handy at various stages of the process which may include:

 

 

  1. Properly filing the petitions, motions, etc. 
  2. Negotiating with prosecutors 
  3. Appearing in court and getting the request approved by the judge 
  4. Keeping the client updated and informed along the way 

Generally speaking, clients prefer us to handle the process for them, which we are happy to do. That means we proceed efficiently behind the scenes, taking care of court appearances for the clients and providing them with updates and copies of paperwork we receive. We find clients prefer to minimize their involvement with the legal system so we try to facilitate this as best we can.

 

How Do I Get Started With My Expungement

 

• Submit the attached intake form and  submit payment of $300 to expunge all eligible charges in a single court.

• This will give us the necessary details for our experienced expungement and record clearing attorneys to thoroughly review your case.

• One of our attorneys will email you regarding the charges on your record and their eligibility for expungement. You will be given the option to expunge additional charges from other courts and be informed of filing fees, if applicable. Obviously before filing your expungement, our legal fees and all filing fees must be paid.

Divorce

Divorce

Attorney

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT DIVORCE

 

What do you have to prove to get a divorce?
Kentucky has “no fault” divorce, which means you don’t have to prove either spouse did anything wrong to get a divorce. (A divorce is sometimes called “dissolution of marriage”; both mean the same thing). The spouse who wants a divorce just has to tell the court that the marriage is “irretrievably broken” to get a divorce. There is really nothing the other spouse can do to stop a divorce.

 

Do the husband and wife both have to live in Kentucky to get a divorce here?
Either you or your spouse must be a resident of Kentucky for six months, or 180 days, before you file for divorce, and be a resident of the county in which you are filing before you can file for divorce.

 

How long do the husband and wife have to be separated before they can get a divorce?
You may file for divorce at any time, but you and your spouse must be separated for at least 60 days before the final divorce decree can be entered.

 

How much does it cost to get a divorce?
The court will charge a filing fee of $113. You usually have to pay this fee in cash or by certified check or money order. You should check with your local court clerk’s office to find out your county’s exact fee. If you cannot pay the fee for the divorce, you can ask the court to waive the cost. This motion, generally called an IFP motion, can be requested at your county clerk’s office. If the judge decides that you qualify, then you do not have to pay for your divorce. If you have children of the marriage, you may have to attend a class called Families in Transition for helping children through a divorce. There is sometimes a fee for this class. However, this fee is usually based on a sliding scale. Lack of finances is not an excuse for not attending the class.

If you hire an attorney, you will also have to pay the attorney. You will need to check with the attorney about that attorney’s fees.

 

How long does it take to get a divorce?
The length of time it takes for a divorce depends on your individual circumstances. Generally, in Kentucky, couples with children of the marriage have to wait at least 60 days and attend Families in Transition. before they can file their final papers. The court can issue temporary orders as soon as the divorce is filed, but the actual divorce and final orders cannot be done until 60 days have passed since the date the divorce was filed. It could take longer than 60 days, depending on the issues of your case and the court’s schedule. For couples without children of the marriage, a divorce can actually be finalized sooner, but this timing still depends largely on the issues in your divorce, such as whether your spouse will sign an agreement, whether you have significant assets, etc.

 

What happens after I file the divorce papers?
Your divorce case is assigned to a judge, and the judge will review any initial motions that you have filed, such as a motion to proceed without paying court costs. If you asked for temporary custody, child support, etc., the Court will have a “provisional” or “preliminary” hearing. At this hearing, the Court can enter restraining orders and other temporary orders such as custody, visitation, support, and property. The provisional order will be in effect only until the final hearing. The court can make different decisions at the final hearing.

 

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GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT DIVORCE

 

What do you have to prove to get a divorce?
Kentucky has “no fault” divorce, which means you don’t have to prove either spouse did anything wrong to get a divorce. (A divorce is sometimes called “dissolution of marriage”; both mean the same thing). The spouse who wants a divorce just has to tell the court that the marriage is “irretrievably broken” to get a divorce. There is really nothing the other spouse can do to stop a divorce.

 

Do the husband and wife both have to live in Kentucky to get a divorce here?
Either you or your spouse must be a resident of Kentucky for six months, or 180 days, before you file for divorce, and be a resident of the county in which you are filing before you can file for divorce.

 

How long do the husband and wife have to be separated before they can get a divorce?
You may file for divorce at any time, but you and your spouse must be separated for at least 60 days before the final divorce decree can be entered.

 

How much does it cost to get a divorce?
The court will charge a filing fee of $113. You usually have to pay this fee in cash or by certified check or money order. You should check with your local court clerk’s office to find out your county’s exact fee. If you cannot pay the fee for the divorce, you can ask the court to waive the cost. This motion, generally called an IFP motion, can be requested at your county clerk’s office. If the judge decides that you qualify, then you do not have to pay for your divorce. If you have children of the marriage, you may have to attend a class called Families in Transition for helping children through a divorce. There is sometimes a fee for this class. However, this fee is usually based on a sliding scale. Lack of finances is not an excuse for not attending the class.

If you hire an attorney, you will also have to pay the attorney. You will need to check with the attorney about that attorney’s fees.

 

How long does it take to get a divorce?
The length of time it takes for a divorce depends on your individual circumstances. Generally, in Kentucky, couples with children of the marriage have to wait at least 60 days and attend Families in Transition. before they can file their final papers. The court can issue temporary orders as soon as the divorce is filed, but the actual divorce and final orders cannot be done until 60 days have passed since the date the divorce was filed. It could take longer than 60 days, depending on the issues of your case and the court’s schedule. For couples without children of the marriage, a divorce can actually be finalized sooner, but this timing still depends largely on the issues in your divorce, such as whether your spouse will sign an agreement, whether you have significant assets, etc.

 

What happens after I file the divorce papers?
Your divorce case is assigned to a judge, and the judge will review any initial motions that you have filed, such as a motion to proceed without paying court costs. If you asked for temporary custody, child support, etc., the Court will have a “provisional” or “preliminary” hearing. At this hearing, the Court can enter restraining orders and other temporary orders such as custody, visitation, support, and property. The provisional order will be in effect only until the final hearing. The court can make different decisions at the final hearing.

 

For More Info // Reach S. Lynn O’Neil

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Contact S. Lynn O’Neil:

312 South Fourth Street STE 700
Louisville, Kentucky 40202

(502)712-0818 (Phone)

Twitter: SLynnONeilESq

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soneilaw


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Contact S. Lynn O’Neil:

312 South Fourth Street STE 700
Louisville, Kentucky 40202

(502)712-0818 (Phone)

Twitter: SLynnONeilESq

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soneilaw


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About

About

About

S. Lynn O’Neil has been representing clients in a variety of criminal and civil courts in Jefferson, Fayette, Hardin, Shelby, and many other counties throughout the state since 2012. Her practice primarily focuses on criminal law, personal injury, assault and battery, DUI, traffic offenses, theft, drug crimes, drug forfeiture, and drug trafficking and expungement as well as family law. Her practice primarily involves helping people charged with a crime navigate through the complex criminal justice system.

S. Lynn O’Neil has been representing clients in a variety of criminal and civil courts in Jefferson, Fayette, Hardin, Shelby, and many other counties throughout the state since 2012. Her practice primarily focuses on criminal law, personal injury, assault and battery, DUI, traffic offenses, theft, drug crimes, drug forfeiture, and drug trafficking and expungement as well as family law. Her practice primarily involves helping people charged with a crime navigate through the complex criminal justice system.