Kentucky prosecutors will aggressively pursue those who inflict physical harm on another. Someone who inflicts such harm, whether intentionally or through wanton behavior, will likely find themselves charged with assault. Oftentimes, these charges are accompanied by an allegation of domestic violence. An assault conviction can have serious repercussions on one’s future. These repercussions include a permanent criminal record, likely jail or prison time, difficulty in finding employment, and potentially being disqualified from holding various professional licenses. If you or a loved one find yourselves charged with assault then you must contact a Louisville criminal defense attorney who handles such matters. Will Corrigan has been licensed since 2009 and devotes his practice to defending the rights of the accused. Our office will give your case the attention it deserves. Call today to speak with a lawyer.
Louisville lawyer handling misdemeanor and felony assault charges
Assault occurs in Kentucky whenever someone causes injury to another person through intentional or wanton behavior. Depending on the facts of the case, and the level of harm caused, a defendant may be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. Fourth degree assault is the “least serious” form of the crime and is a Class A misdemeanor. This offense carries a potential penalty of up to twelve months in jail. First, second, and third degree assaults are felonies. The potential penalties for these offenses are as follows:
- First degree assault will be charged as a Class B felony with a potential sentence of 10-20 years. The is considered a “violent offense” which means that convictions are not eligible for probation and subject to 85% parole eligibility. These offenses typically involve serious physical injury caused by a weapon or caused by wanton behavior risking death.
- Second degree assault is a a Class C felony with a potential sentence of 5-10 years. These offenses typically involve non-serious physical injury with the use of a weapon or serious physical injury without the use of a weapon.
- Third-degree assault is a Class D felony with a potential sentence of one 1-5 years. These typically involve alleged assaults against police officers.
There are other penalties associated with a felony assault conviction. These include, among other things, being barred from possessing a firearm for the rest of one’s life.
How an assault case begins will depend on whether it is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. However the assault is charged, the priority for our firm is to secure a reasonable bond to get your loved one back home or back to work. It is possible to defend against such charges by establishing that the defendant was acting in self-defense, “under extreme emotional disturbance,” or that the allegations are false. Establishing these defenses may require visiting the scene of the incident, interviewing witnesses, and discovering other potentially available evidence (such as surveillance footage or cell phone records). If the defendant is still in custody, we will demand a bond reduction hearing. If the matter cannot be resolved favorably through negotiation or “plea bargaining” then the case will proceed to a trial. At trial, the jurors will decide issues of guilt or innocence and recommend a sentence. The Judge will oftentimes decide between probation or incarceration. Trial is a complicated process and it is important to retain an attorney familiar with such matters.
Will Corrigan is a Louisville lawyer handling misdemeanor and felony assault charges. He will use your initial consultation to hear your side of the story and to help you understand how the case will proceed. He will immediately obtain any discovery which the prosecution is required to provide. This will include witness statements, arrest reports, and more. Sometimes Will is able to negotiate for a Diversion deal, reduced charges, or a dismissal. If Will believes that the police violated your Miranda rights, and obtained incriminating statements as a result, then he will quickly file a Motion to suppress and exclude any such statements from Court. If you were acting in self-defense then our office will take the steps necessary to establish that fact. We will be in regular contact with you throughout the process and will aggressively protect your rights at trial. Will understands that you are facing a serious situation and he will take it seriously. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.
Attorney providing quality service to Louisville defendants facing assault charges
If you are facing assault charges then you already have a great deal to worry about. You and your loved ones do not need the added aggravation of having an attorney who fails to provide quality service. Will makes attorney-client communication a priority. He often gives clients his cell phone number and quickly responds to phone calls, texts, and emails to make himself available to answer any questions you may have. Our firm was founded on the belief that everyone deserves quality legal representation and this is our promises to the citizens of Louisville.