Defense of Charges for Assault and Violent Crimes in Elizabethtown, Kentucky

There are many reasons that you can be involved in an altercation without criminal intent. Nevertheless, it is possible to be arrested for assault or some other violent crime, and then you find yourself in the position of fighting for your liberty or your life in a Kentucky courtroom. The criminal defense attorneys at Aldridge & Aldridge can evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the case against you and advise you of your options. We provide advice and representation of people charged with assault and violent crime in and around Elizabethtown and Hardin County.

Criminal Assaults under Kentucky Law

An assault is generally defined as intentionally causing physical injury to another person. Depending upon the circumstances, however, different charges can be brought, some of which are felonies and some of which are misdemeanors. Kentucky statutes list the following different types of assault and related offenses, among others:

  • Assault in the first degree
  • Assault in the second degree
  • Assault in the third degree
  • Assault in the fourth degree
  • Assault of family member or member of an unmarried couple
  • Menacing (intentionally placing another in reasonable fear of imminent injury)
  • Wanton endangerment
  • Terroristic threatening
  • Criminal abuse (child abuse)
  • Stalking

Other statutes deal with homicide, which is defined as causing the death of another human being. Homicide offenses include:

  • Murder (a death penalty/capital offense)
  • Manslaughter in the first degree
  • Manslaughter in the second degree
  • Reckless homicide

You have the right to defend yourself against assault charges

In any criminal prosecution, the burden is on the state to prove every element of the charged offense beyond a reasonable doubt. If the state cannot meet its burden, you are entitled to go free. In addition, you are entitled to be represented by an attorney to present all available defenses on your behalf. Common defenses to assault charges include self-defense, defense of others, defense of property, or provocation. Also, you may have been arrested based on a mistaken identity, or someone may have alleged charges against you as a form of harassment. Kentucky law also recognizes a way to lessen the charge against you if you were acting under extreme emotional disturbance with a reasonable explanation or excuse.

Help is available with Elizabethtown Assault Arrests

If you have been arrested and charged with assault or other violent crime in Elizabethtown or Hardin County, contact Aldridge & Aldridge. Our experienced criminal defense lawyers will advise you on your rights and options and provide zealous advocacy to get you the best result given the circumstances in your particular situation. Call (270) 765-2000, or contact us online to have one of our attorneys get in touch with you.