Assault Defense Attorney in Katy

Assault is an offense that falls under the category of violent crimes. In Texas, assault can range from a small threat to a violent and dangerous attack. Even when no physical contact is involved, you can be charged with assault. There are three elements that can be used by prosecution to charge an individual with assault, which are:

  • Intentionally or knowingly causing bodily injury to another
  • Intentionally or knowingly threatening another with bodily injury
  • Intentional physical contact in an offensive or provocative manner

Although many states separate the crimes of assault and battery, Texas makes them the same offense. Assault can be elevated to the crime of aggravated assault in some circumstances. Aggravated assault includes the added element of the use or exhibition of a deadly weapon.

Have you been accused of assault?

If you have been accused of assault, the charges can range from a Class C misdemeanor to a second-degree felony. As a result, you can face penalties such as a fine ranging from $500 to $10,000. Some of the factors that can affect which specific charge will be imposed include:

  • The victim's relationship with the defendant
  • The defendant's criminal past
  • Whether strangulation or suffocation was involved

Aggravated assault is often charged as a second-degree felony. If convicted, you could face between 5 and 99 years in prison with a maximum penalty of $10,000.

Experienced Defense, Aggressive Advocacy

As your Katy criminal defense lawyer, I have the experience and knowledge necessary to fight on your behalf. During a free case evaluation, I can review your case to determine what defenses could work for your situation. One possible defense that can be used is to dispute the evidence presented by prosecution. You can also use the affirmative defense, which means, for example, that you admit to committing the actions that have been presented by prosecution but that you committed them in self-defense. Contact Attorney Mandy Miller today for personalized legal guidance from my firm.

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