Escalating Charges, Escalating Penalties
Disagreements with a friend, family member, or stranger can sometimes escalate into an unpleasant situation. Many times, a person who calls the police first gets the opportunity to tell the story from his or her own point of view, and police end up with a biased version of events and charge an innocent party with assault. The fair truth of the matter will only come out if you partner with an aggressive, dedicated attorney to show your side of events.
While conviction for assault is severe in itself, the charge is often combined with other criminal charges such as domestic abuse, sexual assault, alcohol or drug related charges, or weapons charges. In these cases, penalties can multiply, affecting a person’s life through jail time, expensive fines, mandatory probation, and surrender of firearms. Moreover, the stigma that often goes along with charges of this type can put long lasting damage on a person’s professional advancement and public reputation.
What is Assault?
Texas law defines assault as:
- intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury to another,
- intentionally or knowingly threatening another with imminent bodily injury, or
- intentionally or knowingly causing physical contact with another that the offender knows or reasonably should know another will find provocative or offensive.
Assault charges can range from a class C misdemeanor (fine up to $500) to a second degree felony (up to 20 years in prison). Law enforcement and prosecutors take assault charges of all kinds very seriously, and often push for the maximum penalty allowed under the law. At the Law Office of Walker Fults, we will uncover any defense available and vindicate your interests at trial, or create a strategic agreement that will minimize the charge’s impact.
Common Types of Assault Related Charges
Under the larger category of “assault” are many specific charges, including the following:
- Assault Offensive Contact
- Assault Bodily Injury
- Assault Bodily Injury Family Member
- Assault on a Peace Officer
- Assault Family Violence
- Sexual Assault
- Domestic Violence
Without skilled and aggressive representation, assault charges as serious as these can threaten you with extended jail time, excessive fines, and a permanent stain on your record. At the Law Office of Walker Fults, we know the full impact of what these charges can do, and how to make sure any possible impact is eliminated or minimized. If you have been charged with an assault charge of any kind, contact the Law Office of Walker Fults at (214) 797-1861 to find out what your options are and how we can help.