A charge of assault can be either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances surrounding the charge. A conviction for any type of assault can affect your life forever.
At Almasri & Marzwanian Law Group, we take assault charges very seriously. We know that a conviction may result in the loss of your freedom, imposition of a high fine, and may result in the loss of your job even if you do not lose your freedom.
You will have a criminal record that will show up in background checks whenever you apply for housing, a mortgage, a car loan, and a job. You need our help so we can work together to get the charges dismissed or, at a minimum, reduced.
Definition and Degrees of Assault
Texas law defines an assault as “performing an intentional act that gives another cause to think you are about to cause physical harm.” You do not have to actually touch a person or cause any harm, as long as you have actually threatened someone in a way that has caused them to fear you will harm them.
One example that is often given is that if you point a gun at someone, and they do not see you and are not afraid you will harm them, there is no assault. But, if the person you are pointing the gun at turns and looks at you, and is then afraid you are actually going to physically harm them, you have committed an assault.
Penalties for assault depend on the circumstances of the assault and whether you have any prior misdemeanor or felony convictions. An assault can be charged as a Class C misdemeanor carrying a penalty of a fine of up to $500 with no jail time, or up to a Third Degree Felony, carrying a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The penalty is increased if the person assaulted is a government worker, law enforcement officer, emergency worker or security guard and the assault occurred while they were doing their jobs.
Defenses to Assault Charges
At Almasri & Marzwanian Law Group, we offer a free, no-obligation and confidential consultation. If we decide to work together, we will thoroughly investigate the case and provide you the best possible defense. It may mean negotiating for a lesser charge or reduced penalties. It may mean going to trial. In order to properly prepare, we need to begin at the earliest possible time. Contact us today. In order to better serve you, our staff members also speak Arabic, Spanish, and Armenian.
Contact Almasri & Marzwanian Law Group For Help
Our attorneys at the Almasri & Marzwanian Law Group have compassion for what you and your family members are going through. We also want to help, so we offer a free, no-obligation consultation. We will discuss the case with you or your designated family member who is acting on your behalf.
If we decide to work together, we work on a contingency, so there is no legal fee unless we win your case. In order to better serve you, our staff members also speak Arabic, Spanish, and Armenian.
Do not let the time you have to file your claim for damages expire. Contact us now to schedule your consultation.