San Antonio Assault Attorney
Charged with assault in Texas?
criminal defense lawyer for assault cases in Texas, I am dedicated to fighting for the rights
of the accused. I can use my comprehensive knowledge of the law and extensive
experience in the legal system to give you the best chance at freedom.
When you come to my firm, I can thoroughly analyze the facts and circumstances
surrounding your case to build a personalized strategy for your defense.
Contact the Law Office of Kerrisa Chelkowski today to get started with
a free case evaluation.
Know the Law
Under the terms of
Texas Penal Code §22.01, "Assault," there are three basic types:
- In the first, the alleged perpetrator intentionally, knowingly or recklessly
causes bodily injury to another person.
- In the second, the perpetrator threatens such harm to the other person.
- In the third, the perpetrator intentionally or knowingly causes physical
contact with another person despite knowing that the other person will
regard this contact as being offensive or provocative.
The first type of assault listed above is charged as a Class A misdemeanor,
with a maximum sentence of up to a year in jail and fines of up to $4,000,
whereas the other two listed are charged as Class C misdemeanors, punishable
by a $500 fine.
Penalties for Aggravated Assault
Charges of assault can be increased to aggravated assault for cases in
which the victim suffers serious bodily injury, such as a life-threatening
injury or one which results in disfigurement or permanent disability.
An assault charge might also be considered aggravated if the defendant
is accused of using or exhibiting a deadly weapon such as a knife or firearm
Aggravated assault is considered a second degree felony, punishable by
up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000. Penalties for a first
degree felony of aggravated assault can result in a maximum sentence of
life in prison.
Assault may be charged as a first degree felony under certain circumstances:
- If the perpetrator uses a deadly weapon to injure a family member
- If the victim is a public servant
- If the crime is retaliation against a witness in another criminal proceeding
Aggressive Defense From A Former Prosecutor
One of the most common strategies for fighting an assault charge is to
argue that the suspect was acting in self-defense. Police officers who arrive at the scene of an assault incident often
assume that the person with more serious wounds is the victim, whereas
this person may actually have been the aggressor. Similarly, they might
arrest the wrong person based on the false statements of the aggressor
and his or her friends.
Whether you have been falsely accused or if you committed the crime and
need help seeking a second chance, come to the Law Office of Kerrisa Chelkowski.
I have a background as a
Bexar County prosecutor, and have handled hundreds of misdemeanor and felony cases in my career
as a San Antonio criminal defense attorney. Let me fight for you!
Free, No Risk Case Evaluation
Fill out an
online, confidential form today and let me review your case. As a
10.0 Superb Avvo Rated lawyer with an exceptional
track record of success, I will do everything in my power to see that a positive outcome is reached.
Included in the list of
Texas Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ for 6 consecutive years from 2009-2014, I have been rated among the top
2.5% of attorneys in the state of Texas.
Do not hesitate to get help when your future and freedom are on the line.
Call my office today at (210) 201-7821!