If you’ve been charged with assault in Texas, you could potentially face some serious consequences, including a lengthy prison sentence. Assault is typically considered to be a violent crime and prosecutors may aggressively pursue the harshest penalty depending on the circumstances of your case. If you’re facing assault charges in the Fort Bend County area or Harris County area, you need to know what to expect.
Under the Texas Penal Code, one can be convicted of assault if one “intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes or threatens bodily injury to another person” or if one “intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another person or persons with the knowledge that the person will consider that contact to be offensive or undesirable.” (See Texas Penal Code § 22.01(a) below.)
An assault may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending upon the circumstances of the case (see Texas Penal Code § 22.01(b) and (c)). If a public servant or elderly individual is assaulted, one may face enhanced penalties (see Texas Penal Code § 22.01(d)).
More often than not, simple assault is combined with domestic violence and orders of protection (see Texas Penal Code § 22.01(e)). Any domestic assault—commonly referred to as Assault Family Violence (AFV)—will often be linked to family and/or civil law cases. In order to prevent criminal, civil or family consequences, an experienced Houston trial attorney is mandatory.Examples of Assaultive and Violent Offenses: • Assault • Assault with Bodily Injury • Assault with a Deadly Weapon • Sexual Assault • Assaulting a Police Officer • Aggravated Robbery • Aggravated Assault • Kidnapping • Sex Crimes • Family Violence/Domestic Violence • Assault Causing Bodily Injury to a Family Member • Terroristic Threat • Riot • Harassment • Stalking • Homicide • Murder • Manslaughter
WERE YOU ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH ASSAULT IN TEXAS?
If you have been arrested for assault, the first course of action is to consult an attorney. DO NOT provide any statements to police or anyone else regarding the allegation. Assume that everyone you speak to about the charge is recording you. Assault and AFV could result in penalties that affect citizenship, child custody, firearm possession and personal freedom, including jail time.
Due to the serious ramifications of an assault or AFV conviction, Jason Lawrence is dedicated to providing you with a professional, aggressive defense against all types of assault charges. Depending on the severity of the offense, punishment ranges from a $500 fine to 20 years in prison. The alleged damage to the victim, the method of assault and any prior convictions or history are necessary factors in evaluating the case.
If you have been charged with assault or assault family violence, contact attorney Jason Lawrence at (832) 356-4404 immediately. He is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ease your concerns and protect your freedom.
Your Fort Bend County criminal defense attorney can guide you in establishing the best defense strategy for your case. Choosing the right defense can potentially help you to get the charges against you reduced or eliminated entirely. Depending on your case, you may be able to claim that:• The alleged victim suffered no physical injury • The alleged victim’s injuries stemmed from circumstances other than the alleged assault • You had no way of knowing that the alleged victim would interpret your words or actions as threatening • You were unaware that the alleged victim was a public servant or other public official • You acted in self-defense • The alleged victim consented to the action
Enlisting the aid of an experienced criminal defense lawyer is the first step in fighting assault charges. The Lawrence Law Firm, PLLC specializes in helping defendants charged with assault in the Fort Bend County area. He is dedicated to vigorously defending his clients in order to achieve the best possible outcome in a criminal case.
A criminal conviction can have serious and long-lasting implications. If you or a family member has been charged with assault, criminal defense attorney Jason Lawrence is here to help. Call Jason today at (832) 356-4404 to schedule your initial case evaluation and get the expert legal representation you need to protect your rights.