Assault charges, even misdemeanors can ruin your chance at future employment. Lead Attorney Bradley Clark has successfully defended every type of violent crime from misdemeanor domestic violence up to capital murder. He knows the ins-and-outs of DNA Evidence, Self-Defense, and Defense of Property.
Assault and homicide offenses are some of the most serious charges on the books. Even a minor domestic violence offense can permanently take your right to possess a firearm. Frequently, assault offenses are the result of someone choosing to use force to protect themselves. Sometimes the police will even charge both parties and leave it to the court system to figure out who started the fight. If you or a loved one are charged with an assault or homicide offense, contact our Lexington criminal defense attorneys at Clark Law PLLC to figure out what to do next. We can listen to the facts and help you decide what is best for you. We have had hundreds of felony cases amended to misdemeanors or dropped completely.
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Common Assault and Violent Crime Charges in Kentucky
While there are several assault and violent charges on the books in Kentucky and Federal Court(and we can handle them all), here are some of the charges our office most frequently handles:
- Assault in the Fourth Degree – This misdemeanor offense can carry up to twelve months in jail and a $500 fine, If you are convicted, it will stay on your record for at least five years.
- Assault Fourth Degree – Domestic Violence– This domestic violence enhancement to this charge is significant in two ways if you are convicted. First, you will be placed on a list that makes it illegal under federal law to possess firearms. You will not pass a background check. The sheriffs office will come take any guns you already own. This ban will continue until the offense is expunged. Second, if you are convicted three times of a minor domestic assault in five years, the third offense can result in a felony conviction.
- Assault in the Third Degree/Assault on a Police Officer– This Class D felony carries up to five years in prison. Any contact, even sometimes unintentional contact, that leads to injury to a law enforcement officer can lead to a conviction for this offense.
- Assault in the Second Degree– Serious physical injury results in serious penalties. This offense carries five to ten years. Any prolonged injury or impairment of condition can be enough for a simple assault to rise to this level.
- Assault in the First Degree– In cases involving a deadly weapon, this Class B felony, punishable by up to twenty years in prison can be charged.
- Wanton Endangerment in the Second Degree– Merely creating the risk that someone can be injured can result in a twelve month jail sentence.
- Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree– Creating the risk of serious physical injury can result in a felony conviction even if no one was actually injured.
- Reckless Homicide– If you recklessly cause the death of another, or use self-defense in a situation that was inappropriate, you could be convicted of this Class D Felony that carries up to five years in prison.
- Manslaughter Second Degree– If you wantonly cause the death of another, or use self-defense in a situation that was inappropriate, you could be convicted of this Class C Felony that carries up to ten years in prison.
- Manslaughter First Degree– If you kill in the heat of the moment, under extreme emotional disturbance, you may be convicted of this form of manslaughter rather than murder.
- Murder– The intentional killing of another.
- Aggravated or Multiple Murders– Under certain circumstances, the government can seek the death penalty for the offense of murder. Lead Attorney Bradley Clark served as a full-time death penalty defender before opening this firm. He knows the ins-and-outs of aggravated murder defense and mitigation.
Bradley D. Clark Receiving the 2017 Young Professional Alumni Award from UK College of Law Dean Brennen
Recent Assault Case Results
- Case Dismissed For Client Facing Fifty Years in Prison for Burglary - Our client was facing fifty years in prison for multiple counts of Burglary First Degree, Theft, and Assault. The client ...
- Case Dismissed For Client Facing Class C Felony and Deportation - Our client was facing up to ten years in prison for the Class C Felony of Burglary Second Degree (KRS ...
- Client Facing Menacing Charges Receives Diversion and Expungement - Our client was facing up to 90 days in jail for the misdemeanor offense of Menacing (KRS 508.050). A college ...
“Can I Get Probation for an Assault Charge in Kentucky?”
Many assault charges are eligible for probation in Kentucky. Offenses that are technically eligible for probation include:
- Assault Fourth Degree
- Assault Fourth Degree – Domestic Violence
- Assault Third Degree
- Assault Second Degree
- Wanton Endangerment Second Degree
- Wanton Endangerment First Degree
- Most Reckless Homicide Charges
- Most Manslaughter Second Degree Charges
It is important to note that prior felonies or the use of armor piercing bullets or body armor can preclude probation. Also, homicide offenses where the defendant was also convicted of driving under the influence are no longer eligible for probation after July 2017.
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