The Texas Penal Code states that a person commits assault if the person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily harm or threatens another with imminent bodily injury; or a person commits assault if the person intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another when the person knows or should reasonably believe that the other person will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.
Assault is a Class A misdemeanor unless the person assaulted is a public servant lawfully discharging an official duty, a person whose relationship with the defendant is defined in the Texas Family Code if the defendant has been previously convicted of an assault, or if the defendant intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly impedes the normal breathing or circulation of the person. In those cases, assault is a third degree felony.
The penalty range for a class A misdemeanor is up to one year in jail, and/or a fine not to exceed $4,000.00. The penalty range for a third degree felony is imprisonment for not less than two years, and not more than 10 years, plus a fine not exceeding $10,000.00.
Assault is a very serious charge. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight for you, and to ensure that your rights are protected. The Arlington criminal defense attorneys of the Brandy Austin Law Firm, PLLC will fight to ensure that your rights are protected during this trying time. We will use our years of experience and knowledge to make sure that the police followed all legal procedures when preparing and filing the charges against you. We will investigate fully the allegations made against you, and the person making the allegations to prepare the best defense for you against the charges. If working together and examining the evidence, you determine that it is in your best interest to have a jury hear your case, we will defend you aggressively and make sure that the jury hears your side of the story. If we determine together that it is in your best interest to accept a plea offer from the district attorney, we will work hard to ensure that you receive the best deal possible. Victory in a criminal defense case can mean many different things, and the Arlington criminal defense attorneys of the Brandy Austin Law Firm, PLLC are committed to pursuing the best course of action for your situation. If you find yourself being charged with assault, please call the criminal defense attorneys of the Brandy Austin Law Firm, PLLC at 817-841-9906.