Assault Attorney San Antonio TX
Defending Clients Facing Assault Charges in Texas
Assault charges in Texas are taken very seriously and can have severe consequences for those convicted. It is essential to understand that there are different degrees of assault, each carrying specific circumstances and penalties. Consult with our assault lawyer in San Antonio as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected and that you have the best defense. We can help you navigate the criminal justice system, negotiate with prosecutors, and work to have the charges against you reduced or even dismissed. It is important to remember that being charged with assault does not mean you are guilty and that you have the right to a fair trial. With the help of a skilled attorney, you can fight for your rights and freedom.
Assault Charges in Texas
The different Types of assault in Texas include:
- Simple Assault
- Aggravated Assault
- Sexual Assault
- Aggravated Sexual Assault
Our San Antonio assault attorney is dedicated to fighting for the rights of the accused. We use a comprehensive knowledge of the law and extensive experience in the legal system to give you the best chance at freedom. When you come to our firm, we thoroughly analyze your case’s facts and circumstances to build a personalized strategy for your defense.
Assault Penalties in Texas
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.
What are the Penalties for Aggravated Assault in Texas?
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
Assault charges in Texas 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.
Contact Our Assault Attorney Today
One of the most common strategies for fighting an assault charge in Texas 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 severe wounds is the victim. In contrast, this person may 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 defense attorney. Let me fight for you!
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 Texas Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list for six consecutive years from 2009-2014, I have been rated among the top 2.5% of attorneys in Texas.