When it comes to violent crimes, assault is one of the most common charges seen in the Texas criminal justice system. This is largely due to the fact that there are many levels of assault an individual could be charged with. In fact, a person could be arrested and charged with assault simply by threatening another person. Furthermore, assault is also connected to family violence charges as well.
At the Cabanas Law Firm, we've been defending individuals accused of assault and family violence in San Antonio since 2007. Our legal team has the resources and expertise needed to prepare solid defense strategies and navigate our clients through the legal process. Contact us today at (210) 446-4090.
Assault Laws in Texas
The Texas Penal Code outlines three conditions under which an individual could be arrested for simple assault. These conditions include:
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury to another, including the person's spouse
- Intentionally or knowingly threatening another with imminent bodily injury, including the person's spouse
- Intentionally or knowingly causing physical contact with another when the person knows or should reasonably believe that the other will regard the contact as offensive or provocative
Simple assault charges are considered either Class A, B, or C misdemeanors, depending on the severity of the crime. However, there are other circumstances that could result in felony assault charges, such as violence against a public servant. If a person causes severe bodily injury or uses a deadly weapon during the altercation, this is considered an aggravated assault, which is a second-degree felony.
If you've been charged with any form of assault, you need a highly-skilled defense attorney in your corner. The team at the Cabanas Law Firm understands the seriousness of these charges and will work hard to protect your rights and and attain a favorable outcome for your case.
Family Violence Charges
Domestic or family violence charges will result if a simple assault is carried out against a spouse, child, or another family member. If an injury occurs during the incident, it could result in a fine of up to $4,000 and one year in jail. However, other circumstances could lead to much larger penalties. These could include sexual assault or the kidnapping of a family member.
All a police officer needs in order to arrest someone for family violence is probable cause. They don't actually need to witness the assault or threat. In many of these cases, it's one spouse's word against the other's. Often, the situation is fueled by anger or jealousy, resulting in one person making a false allegation against the other party.
Defense Against Assault or Family Violence Charges
When you hire the Cabanas Law Firm, we'll start investigating the events surrounding your case right away. We'll determine if there's sufficient evidence to convict you of assault or family violence in a court of law. If you've been falsely accused, we'll speak to witnesses and examine the police report to build a defense strategy geared toward getting the charges dropped. We can also negotiate a plea bargain on your behalf to have the charges reduced.
Contact a Violent Crime Lawyer in San Antonio
Even a simple assault charge can wreak havoc on your future. These are very serious charges that require the representation of a skilled criminal defense attorney. At the Cabanas Law Firm, we'll use our intimate knowledge of the Texas criminal justice system along with years of courtroom experience to build an effective defense strategy for your case. Call us today at (210) 446-4090 to schedule a consultation.
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