Assault Charge Attorney : Criminal Assault Case

                  Assault Crime Attorney in Louisville Kentucky 

Highly skilled trial attorney who during his 17 years handled and State Court Criminal Defense and Federal Court Criminal Defense, Misdemeanor Crime, Felony Crime, Assault in the First Degree Crime, Criminal Mischief Crime, Gun Crime, Domestic Assault Case, Domestic Violence Crime, Domestic Assault Crime, Assault Third Degree Charge, Aggravated Assault Case, Terroristic Threatening Charge, Harassment Crime, Assault with a Deadly Weapon Case and Emergency Protective Order from Family Court, among others.   
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Assault is common among strangers and the people you know. Depending on how close the person is will dictate if the assault is domestic, and therefore enhanceable, or just a normal assault. Assault in the First Degree carries a lump of time and carries the same as Manslaughter in the First Degree. There are many degrees of an assault crime and you must be aware of what you are charged with.  Assault can be a misdemeanor crime and it can be styled as a felony crime.  

Gun Crime and assault crime is advice that you need to talk to an attorney and not try to learn from the Internet.  You won't find it.  Just call Brendan at 502.386.1414.  

One degree of assault that will certainly not fall under domestic violence crime, unless you are married to a police officer, is Assault in the Third Degree Charge.    I have always found it peculiar that you only need to attempt to hurt someone in a position of authority, not actually succeed. So it punished failed assaultive behavior.  

Assault Crime Lawyer in Louisville: Explanation of Assault Mental States

Assault offenses should be analyzed to determine: 
1. The mental state of the actor. 
2. The nature of the injury caused (all assault charges, except Assault 3rd, require some degree of injury. 
3. What was used to cause the injury. 
4. Whether the victim is a member of a protected class (Assault 3rd only). 

NOTE 1 A person who acts with this degree of wantonness elevates the likelihood of harm resulting from “possible” to “probable”. “Wantonly” + “extreme indifference to human life may thus be close to = “Intentionally”. 
NOTE 2 “Dangerous instrument” is defined as anything “which under the circumstances in which it is used, attempted to be used, attempted to be used, or threatened to be used is readily capable of causing death or serious physical injury.” (KRS 500.080(3)). Even parts of the body are “dangerous instruments” when they produce serious physical injury. A “serious physical injury” will in most cases be the result of use of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. 
NOTE 3 If a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument is used, charge with Assault 1st (type 1). 
NOTE 4 If a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument is used, charge with Assault 2nd (type 2). 
NOTE 5 Assault 3rd originally included causing injury to a very limited class of victim (a peace officer) and throwing feces or urine (now expanded to include any bodily fluid). The limited class of victim has been expanded to include: 1. Peace officers 4. Probation or parole officers 2. Employees of detention facilities or 5. Jail transportation officers juvenile detention facilities 6. School employees 3. DSS social workers 7. School volunteers 
NOTE 6 Assault 3rd originally punished attempting to “recklessly cause physical injury by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.” To clarify an apparent inconsistency (i.e., can SECTION 8: KENTUCKY PENAL CODE 8.2.12 you “attempt” to “recklessly” act), the legislature amended the statute but did not limit “intentionally attempting to cause physical injury” to apply only if deadly weapons and dangerous instruments are used. The amended statute seems to make a mere attempt to cause physical injury by swinging a fist at but not striking a member of the protected class a Class D Felony. In order to avoid further “clarification” which might adversely affect this valuable protection, officers should consider charging under Type 3 only where deadly weapons or dangerous instruments are involved. 
NOTE 7 No mental state is specified for Type 4 (KRS 508.025(1)(b)). Since this is a felony, this is not an “absolute liability” offense under KRS 501.050, and should be read as requiring a mental state of “intentionally” or “wantonly”. Covington v. Commonwealth, 849 S.W.2d 560 (Ky.App., 1992). NOTE 8 Assault 3rd applies only if an inmate of a facility throws the substance on ‘an employee of the facility”. The charge apparently would not apply if substances are thrown either (1) outside a facility or (2) upon anyone other than an employee of the facility (e.g., an officer not employed by the jail who is helping escort a prisoner to a cell would not be covered).

Assault Crime Lawyer and Assault Chart for Understanding Your Charge


ASSAULT OFFENSES CHART 

(KRS 508.010 - .030 Assault 1st – 4th) 

SPI = Serious Physical Injury PI = Physical Injury DW = Deadly Weapon DI = Dangerous Instrument  

 




Charge *Type 




Culpable Mental State 





Injury Caused 





How Injury Caused 

Assault 1st 1 

KRS 508.010 -------- 

Class B Felony 2       

Intentionally 

---------------------------------------------- 

Wantonly (under circumstances 

showing extreme indifference to 

         human life) (NOTE 1) 











SPI 

----------------- 

SPI 

DW or DI 

------------------------------- 

Any means (NOTE 2) 

Assault 2nd 1 

KRS 508.020 

Class C Felony -------- 

2       

------- 

3 

Intentionally   

---------------------------------------------- 

Intentionally 

         ----------------------------------------------- 

         Wantonly  

            SPI 

---------------------------

Any means (NOTES 2 & 3) 

--------------------------------- 

DW or DI 

--------------------------------- 

DW or DI








Assault 3rd (NOTE 5) 1 

KRS 508.025 ------- 

Class D Felony 2 

------- 

3 

               




------- 


Recklessly 

----------------------------------------------- 

Intentionally 

----------------------------------------------- 

         Intentionally 

         ----------------------------------------------- 

         Intentionally or Wantonly (NOTE 7) 

PI 

------------------- 

PI 

------------------- 

None (NOTE 6) 

------------------- 

         None  

DW or DI 

--------------------------------- 

Any means (NOTES 2 & 4) 

------------------------------------- 

          Any means 

          --------------------------------- 

         Throw feces, urine or 

         other bodily fluids 

          NOTE 8) 






Assault 4th 1 

KRS 508.030 -------- 

Class A 2 

Misdemeanor -------- 

3 

Intentionally 

----------------------------------------------- 

Wantonly 

----------------------------------------------- 

          Recklessly     

PI 

------------------- 

PI 

------------------- 

         PI 

Any means (NOTES 2 & 4) 

-------------------------------- 

Any means 

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         DW or DI 

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