Defending Clients Accused of Violent Crimes
Have you been charged with assault? It only takes a split second for an argument to escalate into a physical confrontation. Unfortunately, that moment can have a major impact on the rest of your life. If you’ve been charged with assault, wanton endangerment, or criminal abuse, you need to vigorously defend against these charges. The most common assault charges are:
- Assault 4th degree (minor/no injury)
- Assault 2nd degree (serious injury)
- Assault 3rd degree (involving police or correctional officer)
- Domestic Violence
Any criminal offense involving physical violence is a serious charge that carries heavy consequences. These types of charges can scare away potential employers and change the way a police officer views you in a simple traffic stop.
Assault Charges in Louisville: Felony or Misdemeanor?
“Assault” means causing bodily harm to another person. Sometimes, even minor physical contact is enough for charges to be brought. Misdemeanor assault usually involves an attempt to harm another, but the overall circumstances are deemed by the police or prosecutor to not be severe enough to warrant felony charges.
However, assault can quickly become a felony offense if circumstances surrounding the crime appear to the police or prosecutor to be severe. Multiple attempts or the use of weapons can result in a felony assault charge.
What are the penalties?
That depends on the level of the charge – is it a felony, misdemeanor, 4th, 3rd or 2nd degree assault? If it’s a misdemeanor, you face up to 12 months in jail and/or a fine, probation, as well as community service and could be required to complete an “anger management” class. Felony assault can carry anywhere from 5-20 years in prison.
Experienced Felony Assault Attorney
If you are facing felony assault charges, the consequences can be severe. You are facing state prison time –not county jail time — possibly with “violent offender” status that means you would have to serve 85% of your sentence before becoming parole eligable. In these cases, I will bring to light the surrounding circumstances and work to minimize any punishment. If you were defending yourself, then that story needs to be told.
If you have been charged with assault after a bar fight, domestic disturbance, or disagreement, it is important to contact an experienced defense lawyer right away. For a free consultation to discuss how I can help you, please call me at (502) 200-4482 or contact me by e-mail.