There is a wide spectrum of assault laws in Texas, ranging from a minor misdemeanor to a felony charge. No matter what crime you have been charged with, you need a defense attorney to help protect your rights throughout the entire case. Eric Harron is an assault lawyer in Austin who will aggressively represent you both in the court in front of a judge and outside the court throughout the investigation and in any negotiations. With Eric in your corner, you know that you’re getting professional representation for your assault charge.
Different Types of Assault Charges
We can’t cover every potential assault charge in Texas law here, but there are some similarities between all charges. All assault charges will include one of these three actions:
Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing physical harm or injury
Deliberately threatening another person
Using offensive or provocative physical contact
Assault can be a class C misdemeanor where the assault did not result in physical harm or injury. However, it can range as high as a felony charge depending on the severity and injury caused by the assault on the victim.
In Texas law, the crimes most often referred to as assault and battery in other states are classified simply as assault. If you have been accused of assault in Texas, a battery lawyer in Austin can help clarify the often-cloudy circumstances surrounding these charges. Contact The Law Offices of Eric Harron to book a consultation with our assault lawyer in Austin, TX.
Aggravated assault is a step above simple assault. It has the same requirements of assault, but becomes aggravated assault when it involves serious bodily harm and/or it involves the use of a deadly weapon. This means that causing a minor injury to a victim with no weapon would qualify as assault. However, merely holding a deadly weapon while threatening a person would be considered aggravated assault.
Aggravated assault can gain further charges depending on the specifics of the assault, including:
Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
Aggravated assault with serious bodily injury
Aggravated sexual assault
Ranging from a second–degree felony to a first–degree felony, aggravated assault charges are no small matter. Even if you are only convicted of a Class A assault charge, you can be sentenced to one year in jail and/or $4,000 in fines. Aggravated assault charges are subject to second–degree felony charges that can be punished by up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
As a successful assault lawyer in Austin, I can help you navigate the obscure assault laws and their possible punishments.
What Should I Do if I’m Charged with Assault?
As soon as you are aware of a charge against you, the first thing you should always do is to stop talking. Do not talk to your neighbors, friends, family, or priest, and especially do not talk to the police. You have the right to remain silent, and you should always exercise that right. The more you talk about your case to other people, the higher the chance you will slip and say something that can be used as evidence against you.
Next, call the Law Office of Eric Harron. A good defense attorney will help you know what you need to do to help your case and how to defend you best. This would include getting your sentencing reduced, or the case dismissed. While you should never talk to other people about the case, you should always be 100% honest with your lawyer. For the best defense, your lawyer needs to know everything relevant to the case.
What to Expect Moving Forward
Once you are a client with the Law Office of Eric Harron, we take over your case for you. Assault cases typically have many moving parts, and each case is different from the last.
I’ve found that it is extremely important to investigate all the evidence. For example, I find it’s useful to visit the scene of an assault. Many times even something as simple as the layout of a room can be useful in impeaching a witness on the stand. No matter what comes our way, both in and outside of the courtroom, I will represent you through the entire process.
Schedule Your Free Consultation Today
Don’t risk waiting too long and making a mistake in your case. Call today if you or a loved one has been charged with an assault crime in the Austin, Georgetown, or Temple area. I’ll be happy to sit with you and start organizing the best defense for your case.