Get A Defense Lawyer On Your Side To Fight Assault Charges
A neighborly dispute, a road rage incident, a domestic violence situation or a run-in with a combative stranger can quickly become a legal problem for anyone involved. No matter who started an altercation, if you were part of it in any way, you should consult with a defense attorney. You may not have been arrested yet. Even so, it is important to realize that you could be charged and you must act now to protect your constitutional rights.
Have you already been arrested and charged with an assault offense in Austin or elsewhere in Texas? There may be multiple versions of what actually happened that resulted in assault charges. Do not delay getting the legal counsel you need to protect your reputation and clean record. Contact Law Office of Alejandro Martinez, PLLC, if you were accused of an assault offense.
Examples Of Assault Crimes — Do Any Sound Like Your Situation?
A law enforcement officer or a complaining witness may insist you committed one of the following violent offenses. Understand the charges against you — or potential charges if you have not yet been arrested. Do any of these scenarios sound familiar?
- Assault – An individual can be charged with this offense if they:
- Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly cause bodily injury to another;
- Intentionally or knowingly threaten another with imminent bodily injury; or
- Intentionally or knowingly cause physical contact with another when the person knows or should reasonably believe that the other will regard the contact as offensive or provocative. Assault is generally punishable as a Class A misdemeanor or a third degree felony.
- Aggravated Assault – An individual can be charged with this offense if they:
- Commit assault and cause serious bodily injury to another; or
- Commit assault and use or exhibit a deadly weapon during the commission of the assault. Aggravated assault is punishable as a second or first degree felony.
- Bodily Injury – The Texas Penal Code defines “bodily injury” as any “physical pain, illness, or any impairment of physical condition.” This definition is very broad and therefore, any physical contact, including relatively minor altercations, can lead to an arrest if the contact causes any type of pain to the other person.
- Serious Bodily Injury – The Texas Penal Code defines “serious bodily injury” as any bodily injury that creates a substantial risk of death or causes death, serious permanent disfigurement, impairment of any body organ or extended loss of any body organ.
Legal definitions like these can look or sound scary. A knowledgeable defense lawyer can make all the difference in how calmly you are able to confront your legal challenge. Remember the goal of your defense will be to pursue vigorously the best outcome attainable, such as getting your charges dismissed or reduced, staying out of jail and protecting your clean record.
This Is The Time To Protect Your Freedom And Future
As a former prosecutor, defense lawyer Alejandro Martinez is ready to build a strong defense in collaboration with you. You can count on one-on-one attention, a respectful approach and a clear focus on the end goal: protecting your rights and record.