Houston Assault Attorney
Have you been charged with assault or battery?
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. To defend against the possibility of these 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 also a Class A misdemeanor. For more information on felony assault, please refer to § 22.01(b) of the Texas Penal Code.
Fight your charges with a Houston criminal defense lawyer!
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 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 degree felony.
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!