Louisville Criminal Defense Attorney

Aggressive Criminal Defense For Assault Charges

Concerts, sporting events, a domestic dispute, events that involve alcohol — these can be the unfortunate flashpoint in an evening that ends in booking and a court date on charges of assault, a violent crime.

In Kentucky, the crime of misdemeanor assault, also called assault in the fourth degree, is committed by causing physical injury or fear of such to another person without legal justification. Assaults that cause serious injuries or that occur under circumstances where serious injuries are likely and assaults against certain protected employees are felony assaults.

Louisville Assault Defense Attorney

There are three factors that determine in what degree an assault is charged:

  • Intent
  • Degree of injury
  • Use of a weapon or deadly instrument

Kentucky recognizes four degrees of assault. Simple assault is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail. Assault in the first degree is a class B felony, punishable by a term of imprisonment of not less than 10 years.

If you have been charged with assault in any degree, do not fail to seek the advice of a criminal defense attorney immediately. An experienced attorney can greatly affect the resolution of your case.

Assault Convictions Related To Domestic Violence

Domestic violence often results from highly charged, emotional situations. While Kentucky has no mandatory arrest law for domestic violence incidents, once an arrest has been made, the victim cannot “drop the charges.” The state’s attorney has the right to make that decision, exclusively. Even when the allegations are untrue, you may face devastating consequences. Consulting immediately with an attorney is wise.

When there are prior convictions within a five-year period, assault charges in a domestic violence incident may be enhanced to a class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.

There Is No Substitute For Experience

I have more than 25 years’ experience trying cases involving violent crimes in state and federal courts. I have tried more than 80 cases before a jury. Call me when you need an experienced assault lawyer at 502-694-7243 or toll free at 866-586-5640, or contact us online.