Defending Clients Accused of Violent Crimes
Have you been charged with assault or criminal abuse? It only takes a moment 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 have 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 or 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 will view you in a simple traffic stop.
Assault Charges in Louisville: Felony or Misdemeanor?
“Assault” essentially means causing bodily harm to another person. Sometimes, even minor physical contact can be enough for charges to be brought. Misdemeanor assault is usually charged if an attempt was made to harm another, but the overall circumstances are deemed by the police and prosecutor to not be severe enough to warrant felony charges.
However, assault can quickly become a felony offense when if circumstances surrounding the crime appear to the police and/or prosecutor to be severe. Multiple attempts or the use of criminal tools/weapons can result in a felony assault charge.
What am I up against if I’m charged with Assault?
That depends on the level of the charge – is it a felony, a misdemeanor, 4th, 3rd or 2nd degree assault? If it is 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” course. Felony assault can carry five years in state prison.
Experienced Felony Assault Attorney
If you are facing felony assault charges, the consequences are much more severe. You are facing state prison time –not county jail time — and heavy fines. In felony cases I can work to challenge the associated circumstances and minimize any punishment. If you were defending yourself, then that needs to be brought to the attention of the prosecutor.
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.