If you are charged with assault in Texas, you need to consult with a criminal defense attorney. A conviction, even for simple assault, carries significant penalties and may result in up to one year in jail. Aggravated assault, a felony, can carry a prison sentence of up to 20 years.
At Maverick Ray & Associates, we are aggressive defenders of people’s rights. We vigorously fight the charges against our clients, always working to secure a reduction or dismissal of the charges or a Not Guilty verdict. If you have been charged with assault in Houston or the surrounding areas, contact our office at (281) 672-8029 to schedule a free consultation.
Assault charges are a broad set of offenses defined under Chapter 22 of the Texas Penal Code.
A person can be charged with simple assault if they “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly” cause or threaten injury to another person. They may also be charged with assault for intentionally or knowingly causing contact with a person that they know the other person would find “offensive or provocative.
Aggravated assault occurs when someone causes serious bodily injury to another person (including their spouse) or uses (or displays) a deadly weapon when committing an assault.
There are several types of assaultive offenses listed in the Texas Penal Code. Each crime carries a significant penalty including a jail or prison sentence depending on the severity of the offense and the victim involved.
Types of assault under Texas law:
If you are charged with any of these offenses, you need to discuss your case with an experienced violent crimes attorney. An attorney can help you understand your rights and how to fight the charges against you.
The penalties for assault depend on the circumstances of the case. It is important to know an arrest is not the same thing as being charged with an offense. However, even if you are arrested for an assault you should still contact an attorney to determine your legal options.
The circumstances surrounding the assault such as the relationship between you and the victim. There are defenses to an assault charge. Retaining an attorney is essential to ensure that you receive the best possible disposition on your case.
Were you arrested for assault in Houston? Contact our office at (281) 672-8029 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Let us fight for your rights and your freedom. Call now to discuss your case with an award-winning attorney.