At Ross Law Offices, P.C., we are dedicated to defending the rights of individuals facing criminal charges in Denton. As an experienced Texas criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Ross understands the intensity of your situation and urges you to take immediate legal action. Any charge of assault is extremely serious. To protect your name, keep your record clean and remain eligible to get into a good school or find/keep a good job, it is imperative that you take these charges seriously. A conviction for assault can have an enormous impact on your life, both personally and professionally. In addition, if the assault allegation involves a family or household member (known as assault family violence), this can affect several other aspects of your life, such as the right to EVER possess a firearm or adopt a child.

What Does It Mean To Be Charged With Assault?

The details of an assault charge are often complex and vary greatly depending upon whom the police speak with. Often, a police report may be inaccurate because of the inherent nature of this charge. The police almost always arrive after an incident has occurred and are thus forced to write their report based upon facts given to them by different witnesses. Obviously, this can present a problem in the accuracy of the report detailing what actually occurred. Everyone’s story of what happened will almost always vary to some degree, and for this reason, it is important that you hire a criminal defense attorney who is able to investigate your case, speak with witnesses and do everything possible to provide you with the best defense.

Texas Assault Laws

According to Texas Penal Code, a person commits an offense of assault if the person:

  1. Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another, including the person’s spouse
  2. Intentionally or knowingly threatens another with imminent bodily injury, including the person’s spouse
  3. Intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another when the person knows or should reasonably believe that the other will regard the contact as offensive or provocative

An assault offense is a Class A misdemeanor and thus punishable by up to one year in prison if the victim is:

  1. A person the actor knows to be a public servant while the public servant is lawfully discharging an official duty, or in retaliation or on account of an exercise of official power or performance of an official duty as a public servant
  2. A person whose relationship to or association with the defendant is described by certain sections of the Texas Family Code

Additionally, there are several factors and circumstances that could cause this offense to be filed as an even higher charge, thus presenting you with even greater consequences.

Do Not Wait; Take Legal Action Now

If you are facing an assault charge of any kind, it is important that you contact a qualified criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

At Ross Law Offices, P.C., we offer a free consultation to discuss your case and go over every option you may have. Don’t hesitate. Contact us online now or call us at (940) 230-2400.