TX Aggravated Assault Defense
Being convicted of a violent crime such as assault can lead to serious repercussions, including jail or prison time, a large fine, and a mark on your criminal record. If the violent crime is aggravated, such as aggravated assault, the potential consequences are even more severe. At the Law Offices of Brent D. Bowen, Attorney at Law, our experienced aggravated assault attorney can help you to make sense of the charges you are facing and how to approach your defense strategy. For a consultation with our skilled criminal defense lawyer in Texas, please call our law firm today.
Defining Aggravated Assault in Texas
If you have been charged with aggravated assault in Texas, it is important that you understand the specifics of the charges you are facing. A charge of aggravated assault will be levied against a person when a person commits an assault, which is defined as intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury to another (including one’s spouse), intentionally or knowingly threatening another with bodily injury; or intentionally or knowingly engaging in physical contact with another when it can be reasonably known that the other person would view such contact as offensive; and:
- The assault results in serious bodily injury to another, or
- The assault involves the use or exhibition of a deadly weapon.
In other words, an aggravated assault is a regular assault but for that it either involves the use of a deadly weapon or results in serious bodily injury to the victim.
Penalties for Aggravated Assault in Texas
An aggravated assault crime will be classified as a second-degree felony. However, the crime could be elevated to a first-degree felony if the defendant uses a deadly weapon, causes serious bodily injury, and the victim has a domestic/household or dating relationship with the defendant.
A second-degree felony is punishable by a prison sentence of between two and 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. A first-degree felony is even more serious and is punishable by between five and 99 years or even life in prison, as well as a fine.
Defenses to Aggravated Assault
If you are facing charges for aggravated assault, you should consult an experienced attorney who will review the details of your case and help you to develop a defense strategy. One of the most commonly used defenses to aggravated assault is that of self-defense. Your attorney can guide you through the details of this defense or other defenses allowed under the law.
Call a Skilled TX Criminal Defense Attorney Today
If you are facing charges for aggravated assault, the first thing that you should do is reach out to a skilled criminal defense attorney with experience working on cases like yours. At the Law Office of Brent D. Bowen, Attorney at Law, our aggravated assault attorney knows what you are up against and will take a personalized approach to designing your case strategy. Our attorney cares about making sure your rights are protected and that you get the high-quality legal representation to which you are entitled. To learn more about how our law firm can help and what to do when you are facing charges for aggravated assault, call us directly today or send us a message.