Criminal Lawyers in Louisville Protect Your Rights in Violent Crime Cases
Violent crimes are subject to federal and state laws, depending on which authority has jurisdiction. When facing violent crime charges, your freedom is at stake and the potential penalties are serious. It is critical to have an attorney with extensive experience in criminal defense defend you.
The Campisano Law Office has handled criminal law cases since 1985 and brings extensive experience to every case we handle.
What are violent crimes?
A violent crime is any crime where the offender uses violence to commit the crime against a victim. The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) classifies violent crimes as four main categories:
- Murder and non-negligent manslaughter
- Forcible rape
- Aggravated assault
However, states have their own statutes that define violent crime ― which includes crimes such as battery, burglary, kidnapping, hate crimes, terrorism, carjacking and domestic violence.
Kentucky has a violent offender statute, KRS 439.3401, and the statute lists four types of crimes:
- Capital offense (death penalty)
- Class A felony (sentencing for a minimum of 20 years and maximum of 50 years of life imprisonment)
- Class B felony involving the death of the victim (sentencing for minimum of 10 years and maximum of 20 years)
- First-degree rape or sodomy or serious physical injury to the victim
The U.S. Congress got tough on violent offenders in 1984 and changed its rule for release on parole, increasing the time served from 50 percent to 85 percent of the sentence. Kentucky followed suit in 1998, only allowing violent offenders to be released after serving 85 percent of their sentences. Anyone serving life in prison had to serve at least 20 years in prison before release on parole was possible.
The importance of a strong criminal defense
An experienced criminal defense attorney can argue effectively for reduced charges, negotiate plea bargaining for lesser charges and lighter sentencing or obtain a case dismissal or acquittal. The prosecution bears the burden of proving your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Having the right attorney defend your case can greatly influence the outcome.
Contact the Campisano Law Office today
When it really counts, you need an attorney you can trust — a skilled litigator with the knowledge and experience to guide you through your Louisville criminal defense matter. Call the Campisano Law Office at 502.220.4329 or contact us online to discuss your legal issue.