Assault Defense Lawyers in Fort Worth
What is Considered Assault in Texas?
To assault someone is to cause them to fear harmful or offensive contact. When a person actually makes harmful or offensive contact, this is technically called “battery.” In different jurisdictions, the offense might be known as “assault and battery.” In Texas, the assaultive crimes are defined in Chapter 22 of the Texas Penal Code. The general term "assault" can cover alleged conduct from bar fights to domestic violence to sexual assaults.
Some of the most commonly charged assault offenses in Texas include:
- Sexual assault
- Aggravated assault
- Injury to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual
- Deadly conduct
- Terroristic threat
- Leaving a child in a vehicle
- Continuous violence against a family member
Assault charges range from class C misdemeanors to first-degree felonies depending on the alleged conduct, the victim’s injuries, and whether a deadly weapon was used. In addition to punishments like fines and jail time, an assault conviction can carry substantial collateral consequences. For example, assault can be considered a crime of moral turpitude, which can make it difficult to get a job or a state license. Additionally, federal laws limit the rights of people convicted of domestic violence. The Texas Code of Criminal Procedure also defines many types of assault as “3G” offenses, for which harsher sentences are imposed.
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You Need an Aggressive Criminal Defense Attorney
Assault is a violent crime that varies in severity depending on the circumstances of the incident. Whether you are facing minor misdemeanor assault charges or more severe aggravated assault charges, you can find peace of mind with Blake & Blake, LLP handling your case.
Our assault defense lawyers in Fort Worth maintain a sharp focus on building an airtight defense capable of withstanding the prosecution. We have decades of combined experience to put to work for you.
As with any criminal charge, the state has the burden to prove every element of an assault offense beyond a reasonable doubt. If you are facing assault charges, you need a trusted criminal defense lawyer on your side who can hold the prosecution accountable for proving their case.
Because of the violence – actual or threatened – inherent in any allegation of assault, prosecutors and judges take these cases very seriously. Allegations of assault are very case-specific, and the evidence often consists of conflicting witness statements. Do not talk to police or prosecutors if you’ve been arrested. Instead, discuss your situation with our Fort Worth assault defense lawyers at Blake & Blake, LLP.
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