Criminal Defense Attorneys for Louisville, KY
Let McNeely Stephenson Help You
At McNeely Stephenson, we take pride in representing clients in Louisville and all over Kentucky. We take the Constitution seriously and are proud to uphold our clients’ constitutional right to the assistance of a lawyer and helping to protect their other rights, as well. McNeely Stephenson has the resources, knowledge and, most importantly, experience to give you the best defense available. It is important to remember you are innocent until proven guilty; the State must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. An experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side can help you navigate the criminal system and level the playing field. If you have been accused of a crime in Kentucky, contact us online or call us at (812) 725-8224 as soon as possible to start working on your defense. The prosecution doesn’t wait, and neither should you.
Types of Offenses in Kentucky
The Commonwealth of Kentucky separates crimes into two categories: misdemeanors for less significant crimes, and felonies for those that are more serious. Each category also separates the offenses into sub-categories, creating a hierarchy of offenses, based on severity. Sentences vary for each and range from small fines or community service to lengthy terms of imprisonment.
No area is free of crime, but statistics show that people are accused of crimes in some localities more than in others. The website Neighborhood Scout reports that last year there were 106,038 crimes in Kentucky, 9,676 of them violent and 96,363 involving property only. Louisville has been found to be the fifth most dangerous city in Kentucky, followed closely by Shively at No. 6.
Defense in the Commonwealth
McNeely Stephenson is proud to help with all criminal defense needs in Kentucky and the neighboring state of Indiana, including:
- Drug Possession Defense
- DUI Defense in Indiana
- DUI Defense in Kentucky
- Indiana Expungements
- Kentucky Expungements
- Possession of Stolen Property Defense
- Robbery Defense
- Traffic Violations
- Underage DUI Defense
Protecting Your Rights
Regrettably, the system isn’t perfect. Mistakes, faulty testimony, and coerced confessions are all factors that have led to wrongful convictions. Sometimes, mistakes can be traced back to a person’s arrest. If an arresting officer did not have probable cause to search a person or his property, or if evidence was mishandled, it should not be used.
In addition, many appeals have arisen because the court made an error in sentencing. Indiana and Kentucky laws specify sentencing guidelines for particular offenses, providing a general range – sometimes with a maximum and minimum penalty. If a defendant is found guilty of criminal charges, the judge then decides what the sentence will be by considering factors such as the defendant’s character, criminal record, family situation, and other circumstances.
Having an experienced advocate on your side can help ensure that your case is handled fairly, from investigation through sentencing.
Your Personal Record
A conviction on your personal record may have serious and long-lasting consequences. For those who have been incarcerated, rebuilding their life is a complicated task: when their time behind bars is finished, dealing with a criminal record is just beginning. Time spent away from friends and family is terrible enough; the lasting stigma of having been in jail makes it even worse. Most employers are hesitant to employ ex-cons; housing may be difficult to find; and rebuilding one’s reputation takes time. It is difficult to land a job that pays a living wage. According to the Bureau of Justice statistics, the recidivism rate is 76.6 percent after five years for inmates released from state prisons, and 44.7 percent for inmates released from federal prisons, in part because of the difficulty of resuming a life on the “outside.”
In Kentucky, McNeely Stephenson can help. If you qualify, according to Kentucky State Law, expungement will wipe your criminal record clean, making it easier for you to make a fresh start without the heavy weight of a criminal record looming overhead.
Qualifying for an expungement, according to Kentucky State Police, requires the petition for expungement to include a certificate of eligibility for expungement. Misdemeanors are generally easier to expunge; some felonies do not qualify at all, but in 2015 Kentucky passed a law allowing some Class D felonies to be cleared from the record.
Any type of expungement costs money and must be filed properly. McNeely Stephenson has extensive experience with expungement and will take you through the process.
For more information about the process, visit: Kentucky Court of Justice
Let McNeely Stephenson Help You
If you have been accused of a crime, contact McNeely Stephenson today. Operating out of offices in New Albany, McNeely Stephenson is prepared to help with all of your criminal defense needs, and is admitted to practice in Kentucky. We have the knowledge, resources and experience to help you build the most effective strategy against criminal charges. Contact us online or call us at 812.725.8224 today if you have questions or would like to set up a free consultation.