Houston Assault Attorney
Have You Been Charged With Assault?
Under Texas Penal Law, you can be convicted of assault if you intentionally,
knowingly or recklessly cause or threaten bodily injury to another person
or if you intentionally or knowingly cause physical contact with another
person while aware that the person will consider that contact to be offensive
or undesirable. This type of criminal offense can be charged as a misdemeanor
or a felony depending upon the circumstances of the case. If you allegedly
committed an assault offense against a public servant or elderly individual,
you can face enhanced penalties.
Secure representation from a Houston criminal defense attorney like those
at The Martinez Law Firm.
According to Texas Penal Code Chapter 22:
ASSAULT. (a) A person commits an offense if the person: (1) intentionally,
knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another, including the
person's spouse; (2) intentionally or knowingly threatens another
with imminent bodily injury, including the person's spouse; or (3)
intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another when the
person knows or should reasonably believe that the other will regard the
contact as offensive or provocative.
This offense is typically charged as a
Class A misdemeanor. However, in some circumstances assault could be counted as a felony of
the third degree. Assault of an elderly individual or someone who is disabled
is a felony. For more information on felony assault, please refer to §
22.01(b) of the Texas Penal Code.
Potential Penalties for Assault
If you are facing any type of assault charges, you need to take the necessary
steps to ensure that your rights are protected. Assault and
domestic violence offenses can result in extremely serious penalties that could affect you
for the rest of your life. In some circumstances, you could be refused
access to your children or other family members. In cases of non-family
assault, you could be prohibited from owning any type of firearm for any reason.
Because these types of charges can be so serious, our Houston defense lawyers
at The Martinez Law Firm have dedicated themselves to providing you with
only the best defense against all types of assault charges. If you are
convicted, you could end up spending up to 20 years in prison, depending
upon the severity of your offense. Obviously the amount of harm done to
the alleged victim of the assault is a major guideline when the courts
are meting out punishment. For example, assault by threat can result in
a misdemeanor charge but aggravated assault can be charged as a second
If you own a gun or have a concealed handgun license an assault charge
could result in the loss of ability to own a gun. It could even result
in restricting you from employing anyone that has one.
Experienced Houston Assault Defense Lawyer
Assault charges are often intertwined with domestic violence and orders
of protection. If you have been involved in a situation that resulted
in an assault charge, you will probably be facing other types of charges
and legal action. With the help of a competent and experienced attorney,
you can get the guidance you need to pursue a dismissal or reduction of
charges. Call today to learn what we can do for your criminal case!