Defending assault charges in Bullitt County Kentucky requires not only legal skill and experience, but the ability to recognize problems with the evidence or witness testimony that will make the prosecution’s case much more difficult.
Assault laws here in Kentucky are written to discourage an our citizens from having to endure an attack from another person. They do not prevent a person from defending themselves. They were not written to harshly punish a person who may have simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Assault charges in Kentucky can be quite serious. Assault in the first degree can result in up to 20 years in jail, with a minimum guideline of “no less than 10 years of prison” and a fine of up to $10,000 with a minimum of $1,000.
The Law Offices of John Schmidt & Associates PLLC has many years of experience defending assault charges in Bullitt County and the Louisville area. Our work often results in reduced charges or the dismissal of the case altogether. You are facing the potential for substantial risk. You need an experienced, proven criminal defense attorney on your side.
Assault doesn’t require advance planning. The events in question and the actions you took may not have been intentional. You may have been forced into a situation to protect a friend or loved one who you thought was at risk of immediate danger or this might have simply been a case of self-defense.
The prosecution in a criminal assault case must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the actions of the accused were on purpose (intentional), or that the alleged perpetrator knowingly or recklessly caused an injury or injuries to someone else against the laws of the State of Kentucky.
Assaults are evaluated by several standards under our laws. Was the assault intentional? Pre-planned? Was the attack considered to be “wanton” which means the attacker knew of potential risks but acted anyway, or “reckless” in that the attacker didn’t realize the risk of the potential injuries which might result from their actions? Was there a knife, gun or other “dangerous instrument” used in the attack? The nature of the conditions under which the alleged incident took place will have a substantial impact on the level of charges brought and the likelihood of time in jail and an increased fine.
Defending assault charges anywhere in Bullitt County or Louisville Kentucky requires a thorough understanding of the law and a mastery of the unique evidence in any given case. John Schmidt is an aggressive advocate for our clients in criminal cases. We work to challenge the seriousness of the characterization of events or intentions of our client. We sort through evidence and witness testimony while working to expose flaws in evidence and challenge the sequence of events and the actions which lead to criminal assault charges.
If you are looking for a proven criminal defense attorney with experience defending assault charges in Kentucky we invite you to contact us via e-mail, schedule an appointment or call us today at (502) 509-1490 to get answers to your questions and an aggressive defense in your matter.