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As you have alluded to, this will likely be treated more harshly as a second offense. A first offense is considered a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to one year of incarceration and/or a $500 fine. A second offense is considered a felony and is punishable by up to five years of incarceration and/or a $10.000 fine.
Having said that, I would still suggest that incarceration is unlikely. Much like in his first offense, the penalties are likely to be rather light, perhaps some probation and fines. While I can completely understand your position as to not hiring an attorney, I would suggest that you may want to reconsider. If your son receives a second drug conviction, it could drastically effect his future as far as colleges and job opportunities.
If you decide to hire an attorney, you might begin with your state bar association. The Kentucky State Bar has a website, it is located at www.kybar.org.
The Louisville Bar Association has a similar site that will be more specific to your location. Their site is located at www.loubar.org.
Additionally, Martindale Hubbell is a national organization that rates attorneys across the country. Their website is located at http://www.martindale.com/.
Another nationwide website is located at http://www.avvo.com/. This site lists attorneys by geographic location and area of practice.
Each of these resources will have a wealth of information as to attorneys in your area that handle such cases. I would suggest you check each site out and you will surely find a great number of attorneys that meet your son's needs. Pick a few to meet with in person so that you can thoroughly explain your son's situation and then retain the one that you feel can best represent his interests.
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