The U.S. criminal justice system exists to protect us, but police and convicting officers make mistakes more often than most of us would like to imagine. Sometimes innocent people are wrongly convicted. Other times, sentences are delivered harsher than they should be. If you’ve been accused of a crime you did not commit or feel your punishment was unlawful, it can feel like no one cares to hear your side of the story. This is when you need the help of a Louisville criminal defense lawyer.
Criminal Defense Claims Handled by Thomas Law Offices
A criminal defense attorney can fight on behalf of you and make sure your voice is heard whether you’re due to appear in court, are petitioning a charge, or are fighting to expunge a DUI or DWI charge on your criminal record.
At Thomas Law Offices, our attorneys are currently taking cases for the following areas of criminal defense:
The state of Kentucky comes down hard on individuals who are found behind the wheel in possession of alcohol or found driving while under the influence of alcohol. Any time a driver has a BAC level higher than 0.08%, the law comes down hard.
If you’ve been charged with a DUI for driving under the influence of alcohol or a DWI for driving while intoxicated, the charges are severe for Kentucky residents. For first-time offenders, you may face fines as well as potential community time, educational programs, and even jailtime. Repeat DUI/DWI offenders are given substantially harsher penalties that will include longer jail sentences, heavier fines, license suspensions, and sometimes even felonies.
If you were charged with a DUI or DWI and feel the charges were falsified or inaccurate or that you were punished too severely for your situation, our law office may be able to fight the charges. Police officers often come down too harshly on drivers they feel have been drinking. There’s also the fact that breathalyzer results are not always accurate. A DUI arrest doesn’t have to be a life sentence.
When we receive a traffic ticket, we know right away if we’re guilty of the action we’re being charged with. Most tickets are given fairly, but sometimes the police officer makes a mistake or is having a bad day and issues out a violation unfairly. In these instances, a criminal defense attorney can fight against the violation and potentially remove it from a driver’s record.
If you’ve been charged with a traffic ticket for speeding, driving recklessly, disobeying the laws of traffic, or driving with a suspended/revoked license and feel you were wrongfully charged, we can make sure your rights are protected and potentially reverse the consequences of the violation.
Violent Crimes and Assaults
Being convicted of committing a violent crime in Kentucky can leave you permanently branded as a criminal and can result in devastating consequences for a family. There are two types of convictions that are issued for committing violent crimes in Kentucky:
- Misdemeanor Assault: Committed by causing minor physical injury or fear of physical injury to another person without justification.
- Felony Assaults: Committed by causing serious physical injury or during circumstances where serious injury may have resulted. Assaults against protected individuals may also count as felonies.
Assaults are also classified in four different degrees in Kentucky which are based on the severity of the injuries inflicted, intent, and the use of a weapon or deadly instrument. Simple assaults or misdemeanors may result in up to a year of jailtime while a class B felony, for example, is punishable by a term of imprisonment for more than 10 years.
If you’ve been charged with a violent crime or assault in Kentucky and feel your penalties may be too severe or that the circumstances of the crime do not match the charge, you have a right to hire a criminal defense attorney and find out your legal options. You may potentially be able to get a lighter sentence or less jailtime.
Theft and Fraud
Theft and fraud crimes come in numerous forms and include acts you may not think of being criminal at all. Did you know that keeping an item mistakenly delivered to your house or using a business’ dumpster counts as theft? Other common acts of theft including shoplifting, writing bad checks, and receiving stolen property. Larceny, embezzlement, identity left, credit card theft, and extortion also count as theft under the legal system. Property theft of more than $500 is considered a felony offense in Kentucky.
Fraud crimes are crimes of deception that aim to steal property, assets, or services from someone else. Minor fraud crimes are often referred to as “white color crimes”. Major fraud crimes are extremely serious in nature and prosecute at the federal level. Either may result in jailtime, heavy fines, and/or restitution payments.
If you or someone you love was convicted of theft or fraud and you feel the charges were too severe or that the circumstances of the crime were not fully explored or that the truth was wrongfully covered, you have a right to hire an attorney who may be able to convince the court of your plea.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug crime in the state of Kentucky, it’s imperative to understand that Kentucky has some of the harshest drug possession and trafficking laws and penalties in the country. Being convicted of either type of crime will have consequences that will follow you throughout your entire life.
- Drug Trafficking – “Trafficking” is a term used to describe actions taken that result in the trading, selling, or dealing of illegal substances like drugs. Being charged of drug trafficking is one of the most serious crimes someone can be convicted of.
- Possession – Most drug arrests occur when someone is in possession of a controlled substance. The penalties for possessing drugs are often far harsher than they should be.
Drug crimes, as serious as they are, are sometimes handled unfairly in our court system. Police officers and drug search teams have been known to violate the constitutional rights of those convicted and may be violent or overzealous when handling matters that pertain to these types of crimes. There are also cases where officers are found to be guilty of racially or economically stereotyping those convicted and delving out harsher penalties than necessary due to discrimination.
A Louisville Criminal Defense Attorney You Can Trust
The U.S. criminal justice system is not without faults. If you or a loved one has been convicted of or was arrested for any of the above crimes and you feel that the arrest or conviction was wrongful, you should know that the law is on your side. At Thomas Law Offices, we can pair you with a Kentucky criminal defense lawyer who will be happy to speak with you and tell you if we can help you fight your conviction.
Your time to act and potentially receive lighter penalties or potentially even reverse a conviction is running out. Get in touch as soon as possible to find out if we can help you find a light at the end of a seemingly-dark tunnel.