Criminal Defense Attorney in Louisville
If you have been placed under arrest, charged with a crime, or are under investigation by law enforcement for involvement in a crime, you know that there are few things more stressful than going up against the government when your freedom and future are on the line. It may seem like law enforcement and prosecutors have all the power and leverage, and that the only thing to do is roll over and give in, no matter the extreme consequences a guilty plea can have on your life.
You are not alone in your fight, and Louisville criminal defense attorney Ron Aslam will zealously fight for your freedom, reputation, and interests. Ron has over a decade of experience in the Kentucky criminal law system obtaining favorable results for his clients, and he puts his vast experience and skills to work to help you secure the best possible outcome and mitigate your situation as much as possible. Ron has been on both sides of the fence; he has been both a prosecutor and public defender. Ron understands in detail how the system works and the most effective legal defenses for those who are faced with criminal charges.
Defending the Rights of Kentuckians in All Types of Criminal Proceedings
Former prosecutor and criminal defense attorney Ron Aslam aggressively defends individuals in and around Louisville for the following types of misdemeanor and felony criminal proceedings:
- Drug Possession and Trafficking
- Domestic Violence
- Bad checks
- Theft/Identity Theft
- False Pretenses
- Receipt of Stolen Property
- Reckless Homicide
A guilty verdict on any of the above charges can lead to months and often years in prison, and a criminal record which will follow you around personally and professionally for years to come. While going up against law enforcement and prosecutors to fight the charges may seem like a Herculean task, Ron has years of experience in doing just that, and he will make sure no stone is unturned in helping fight the criminal charges against you, so you can get your life back on track as quickly as possible.
Categories of Crimes in Kentucky
A criminal conviction carries with it harsh consequences which may include fines, jail time and other penalties. Having a criminal record could haunt you in other ways as well. For example, with a conviction on your record, you may have difficulty obtaining employment, housing, loans, college admission, and firearms. And if you are applying for a professional license or license renewal, the agency could deny your application for having a criminal history.
The exact penalties you face will depend on the seriousness of the charges against you. In Kentucky, crimes can be divided into three general categories:
The least serious crimes a Kentuckian may be charged with are called violations. These are petty offenses such as tickets for speeding, careless driving, improper lane usage, and various types of municipal ordinance violations such as littering, blight, and loud noise. Penalties for violations can be up to a few hundred dollars, depending on the offense.
More serious than violations and less serious than felonies, misdemeanors are crimes that are punishable mainly with fines and time in county jail. Misdemeanors in Kentucky are divided into two categories:
- Class A Misdemeanor: These are the most serious misdemeanor crimes and they are punishable with fines of up to $500 and up to 12 months in county jail.
- Class B Misdemeanor: These are less serious misdemeanors that are punishable with fines of up to $250 and up to 90 days in county jail.
The most serious of all crimes, felonies carry with them heavier fines (in some cases as high as $10,000) and the possibility of extended time in state prison. Felonies in Kentucky are divided into five categories:
- Capital Offense: A capital offense is the most serious criminal charge. This is reserved for the most heinous crimes such as first-degree murder. Punishments for capital offenses start at 20 to 50 years in prison and go all the way up to the death penalty.
- Class A Felony: A Class A felony is the second most serious charge and is punishable by 20 to 50 years in state prison.
- Class B Felony: Class B felonies can result in a prison term of 10 to 20 years.
- Class C Felony: Class C felonies can result in a prison term of five to 10 years.
- Class D Felony: The least serious felony class, Class D felonies can result in one to five years in state prison.
Criminal Record Expungements
In certain circumstances, you may be eligible to have your criminal record expunged. An expungement erases your record from public viewing. This means that most employers, landlords, banks, and others will not be able to find out about your arrest or conviction, and in most cases, you will not be required to disclose it.
If you were arrested and/or charged with a crime but not convicted, you may be eligible to file a petition for expungement after 60 days if:
- The charges against you were dismissed without prejudice;
- You were found not guilty at trial.
The dismissal or acquittal must not be in exchange for pleading guilty to another charge, and you may not have any other criminal charges pending at the time you petition for an expungement.
Convictions for misdemeanors can sometimes be expunged from your record five years after completing your sentence or probation. In order to qualify for expungement of a misdemeanor conviction, you must have no prior felony convictions and no pending proceedings against you, and you must meet certain other requirements as well.
Though you may be able to have your criminal record expunged without the assistance of an attorney, it is a good idea to consult with one to ensure that you take the proper steps to get your name cleared.
Never Defend Yourself Without the Help of a Criminal Defense Lawyer
Police and prosecuting attorneys generally do not want you to have the legal guidance of an experienced, aggressive criminal defense lawyer, because a lawyer is someone who solely represents your interests and will fight tooth and nail to make sure that your constitutional rights are protected throughout the entire investigation and prosecution. From initial questioning, evidence collection, line-ups, and on through to plea negotiations and trial, Attorney Ron Aslam will make your strongest case for innocence. It is your constitutional right to have a defense attorney at your side whenever you are speaking to police, and you cannot be penalized for exercising that right.
Criminal defense attorney Ron Aslam will fight for your interests from the very beginning of a criminal investigation – forcing investigators and prosecutors to obtain evidence legally and without convincing you to give up your rights – and making sure they respect your rights throughout the process. Ron has years of experience in winning positive results for his clients; including acquittals, reduced sentences, and favorable plea agreements, and he will fight for the best outcome to your matter. Contact Ron at the earliest stages of a criminal investigation to make sure your rights are protected from the outset.
Contact Louisville Attorney Ron Aslam Today
If you have been arrested for a crime or believe yourself to be the subject of a criminal investigation, contact results-driven criminal defense lawyer Ron Aslam immediately. For a free initial consultation, call our office today at 502.581.1676.