Lexington, Ky, Homicide Attorney Assisting Clients Accused Of Violent Crimes
Whether you are facing charges for a violent offense or a non-violent offense, you have the right to legal assistance. With a military background and skills oriented for both State and Federal criminal matters, Attorney Dan Carman is particularly well suited to help you navigate the legal process, no matter the charge. Dan provides aggressive and comprehensive criminal defense representation, and has been admitted to practice in all Kentucky state courts, the federal courts in both the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, and in the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
A violent offense can be either a misdemeanor or a felony and, in Kentucky, can range from Assault in the Fourth Degree to Murder in the First Degree.
Talking with an attorney as soon as possible after you have been charged with a crime (or even once you know that you are suspected) is the only way to ensure that you have the best defense and the most legal options – from fighting for an acquittal or a dismissal to pleading guilty to a reduced charge. Depending on the mitigating facts of the case, any number of lesser included offenses may apply. The motive of the accuser, the circumstances in which the accusation arose, and the mental state of the accused are all important avenues to be examined while exploring possible defenses such as mistaken identity, self-defense, and consent.
NON-VIOLENT CRIMES VS. VIOLENT CRIMES
Crimes that do not involve the use of any force or injury to another person are considered to be non-violent crimes. Most of these types of crimes involve property damage, such as theft or embezzlement. Many drug offenses are considered non-violent, as are white collar offenses such as forgery and racketeering. The level of seriousness is usually measured in terms of economic damage or loss to the victim. Non-violent crimes are often punishable by a fine or relatively short jail sentence, though there are some that carry very harsh punishments.
In contrast, crimes that involve the use of force or injury to the body of another person are classified as violent crimes; in some situations, however, the mere threat of injury to another person is sufficient to be charged as a violent crime. Violent offenses are perpetrated against a person rather than against property, and the level of seriousness is usually determined by the degree of physical harm caused to the victim. This degree is naturally increased if a weapon is involved. Certain characteristics of the victim, such as age or gender, can also alter the seriousness of the charges. Violent crimes usually result in severe punishments, including high fines, long incarceration periods in maximum security institutions, and even death sentences.
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Because of his many years of experience – both as a criminal defense lawyer and as a military prosecutor — he knows that many factors go into how an altercation can intensify and result in a violent crime arrest. Violent crime defense attorney Dan Carman will work closely with you every step of the way and help you make informed decisions regarding the best course of action. Please contact him for thorough, experienced representation if you or someone you care about has been arrested for any type of violent crime. Call his office at (859) 685-1055, or fill out his online contact form.