San Antonio Assault Attorney

Charged with assault in Texas?

As a 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:

  1. In the first, the alleged perpetrator intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another person.
  2. In the second, the perpetrator threatens such harm to the other person.
  3. 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!

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