Assault is a criminal charge involving violence, so the prosecution is going to take an assault charge very seriously, especially if a weapon was used or there was an injury. In Texas, the offense level for assault can range from misdemeanor up to felony level penalties and punishments depending on the circumstances. The results can be dire and you should call Fort Worth criminal defense attorney Mitch Miers to help.
If the charge involves family violence, the ramifications can extend to seeing your children or owning a gun. Call criminal defense attorney Mitch Miers to find out more.
Under the laws of Texas, you can be charged with assault if you:
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly cause bodily injury to someone else, including your spouse.
- Intentionally or knowingly threaten someone else, including your spouse, with imminent bodily injury.
- 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.
You can not only be charged for punching, kicking or choking someone during a fight, but if you tell someone you are going to beat them up, and that person has a reasonable fear that you are able and about to do it, you can be charged with assault.
There are situations where you need to defend yourself. However, it’s doubtful that will be seen by a prosecutor right off the bat and the services of a Fort Worth or Dallas criminal defense attorney can help bring the truth to light.
The police may arrest you with very little evidence if they feel you are being belligerent or difficult. They will probably arrest you if you are being passive and cooperative. An arrest doesn’t mean you committed a crime, however, and you should seriously consider fighting the charges to keep your record clean. No one should be stuck with a permanent criminal record just for getting in a heated argument. Contact the Miers Law Firm and Criminal Defense Attorney Mitch Miers to find out how we can help you. Mitch Miers provides criminal defense services in Tarrant, Dallas, and Denton counties.