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Assault Charges Attorney

Fort Worth And Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney

 The state of Texas has two main classes of assault charges: misdemeanors and felonies. Each encompasses its own level of severity, injuries, and consequences; but they essentially fall under the same basic rules of conduct – the intentional touching or hurting of another individual. No matter which type of assault you face, you need the help of a seasoned Defense Attorney.

Misdemeanors

In order to convict someone of a misdemeanor assault, the prosecution must demonstrate that the accused knowingly and deliberately caused bodily harm to the victim. Under Texas Law, the term bodily harm is very loosely defined as “pain.” This means the prosecution only has to prove pain was inflicted; they do not have to demonstrate that blood was drawn or bones were broken. Misdemeanor assault charges can include actions like:

  • Pushes
  • Hair-pulling
  • Slaps
  • Scratching
  • Kicking
  • Punches

Despite the seemingly insignificance of these actions, they carry severe consequences if convicted. Individuals found guilty of a “Class A” misdemeanor assault can face up to $4,000 in fines and/or up to one year in county jail.

Felony or Aggravated Assault Charges

To increase from a misdemeanor to a felony, the assault must involve either a more severe injury or the use of a deadly weapon. An individual can be charged with aggravated assault if, for instance, they punch another person with brass knuckles.

 

Anything that can cause serious bodily injury is considered a “deadly weapon.” These include but are not limited to:

  • Guns
  • Knives
  • Brass knuckles
  • Baseball bat
  • Hammers
  • Motor vehicles

 

An aggravated assault charge can occur even if the individual was simply brandishing the weapon. Either way, a conviction results up to 20 years in a state prison and up to $10,000 in fines. An aggravated assault conviction can also result in the revocation of certain civil rights like the right to vote, sit on a jury, or carry a firearm.

 Assault Representation in DFW

No matter what the situation, seeking the advice and assistance of an experienced attorney is vital. The Edward G Jones Law Firm will partner with you to create a strong case and procure the best possible outcome for your unique situation. He will tirelessly protect your rights and investigate every possible avenue for success.

 

Call today for your initial consultation. The Edward G Jones Law Firm helps clients all throughout Fort Worth, Dallas, and the DFW Metroplex.