Criminal Law in Louisville, KY

Most people have a very limited knowledge of criminal law proceedings outside of what they have seen on television or in movies. If you or a family member are faced with a criminal law charge, it is important to understand the process, what this charge means, and what you need to do to protect yourself. The lawyers at Durrett & Kersting in Louisville, Kentucky competently and passionately represent their clients in their misdemeanor and felony criminal cases. When you have been charged with a crime, having legal representation ensures that your rights are protected.

Criminal Law Basics

Criminal law encompasses a wide range of crimes, and functions with the intention of prohibiting undesirable acts. Because of this, when someone is being tried for a criminal law case, proof of a crime is required. Criminal law requires proof that the undesirable action took place, which is also known as actus reus. In addition to having proof of the act, proof of intent, also referred to as mens rea, is typically required to determine the final ruling on the matter. After a judge or jury determines the actus reus and mens rea, which is decided on evidence and testimony, a ruling is handed down to the offender. Before speaking to law enforcement, an investigator, Judge or prosecutor about your case, you should contact an attorney to discuss your rights. The attorneys at Durrett & Kersting, PLLC have experience representing clients at all levels and stages of criminal proceedings. If you are facing charges associated with your family law case such as assault, domestic violence, or violation of a Domestic Violence Order (DVO), contact your Louisville family lawyer to ensure that your rights are protected in both your criminal and your family law case.


Criminal law cases will result in several outcomes. There could be no arrest, an arrest could be made, a plea bargain could be used, which allows the sentence to be lessened with a plea of guilty, a case could be dismissed, a trial could find the person in question guilty, not guilty, or acquit them of their crime. When it comes to criminal law objectives, there are five possible outcomes of a criminal case if you are found guilty: retribution, deterrence, incapacitation, rehabilitation, and restoration. Retribution means that the offender must be punished in some way that is equal to the weight of the crime they committed. Deterrence is used to discourage the offender from ever committing the same or similar crimes again. Incapacitation is used to keep offenders away from society. Rehabilitation serves the purpose of attempting to transform the offender by convincing them of their wrongdoing and then correcting their mentality for the future. Lastly, restoration serves the purpose of making the offender repair or repay the damage that they inflicted. This may be a monetary or physical restoration and it is usually paired with another form of punishment. In addition to guiding you through the trial process, a criminal law lawyer can also negotiate a compromise if a guilty verdict is reached.

In addition to charges related to family law cases, the attorneys at Durrett & Kersting are experienced in representing clients in DUI's, traffic charges, possession of marijuana and controlled substances, possession of paraphernalia, juvenile crimes, no insurance, assault, wanton endangerment, assault and battery, and a variety of other charges. If you are facing criminal prosecution, contact the lawyers at Durrett & Kersting today to ensure your rights are protected.

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