Assault is broadly defined as intentionally causing contact that results in bodily injury or offensive contact. These charges can be a misdemeanor or felony depending on the seriousness and whether a deadly weapon was used. Use of a deadly weapon or contact that results in serious bodily injury could result in years of prison. If you have been arrested for these charges, it is important to contact a strong and effective criminal defense lawyer in Houston or Fort Bend County to defend your rights. Violent crimes are treated harshly in Texas.
Recently there has been great interest in the prosecution of assault in the household. In Harris County and Fort Bend County, an entire division of the District Attorney’s office is authorized to prosecute spousal and family abuse. Often times, these prosecutions are overzealous, and result in unnecessary protective orders.
Accused of domestic assault?
When a family matter or household quarrel develops into something more serious and police are contacted, one of the parties involved will likely be arrested on assault charges. What exactly constitutes assault? When contact is made intentionally or recklessly with another, which results in pain or is objectively offensive, then assault has occurred. An offense is created even if spouses are the only ones involved. If you have been arrested on assault charges surrounding violence in the home, do not delay in obtaining the assistance of a Houston domestic violence attorney.
The repercussions of a domestic assault conviction can be far-reaching, not only impacting family law and custody matters but also leading to prison time, fines and probation. Since domestic violence laws are being strengthened in many areas, whether or not a victim chooses to pursue criminal charges no longer bears influence – charges will likely be pursued regardless of the alleged victim’s wishes. A first-time domestic violence charge is classified as a misdemeanor but can still bring a sentence of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000. When deadly weapons enter the equation, a charge of aggravated assault can be filed and the subsequent penalties will also be enhanced. Repeated convictions can lead to felony charges and long prison sentences.
Domestic Violence Defense Attorney in Houston
At Chernoff Law, we understand your fears and concerns if you have been arrested for domestic assault. We vigorously present our client’s defense. We also insist that the prosecution prove its case. As a former prosecutor, we understand how prosecutors think. When the state’s evidence does not add up, we know it. We rigorously cross-examine the state’s witnesses and point out inconsistencies, exaggerations and lies in their testimony. Our purpose is to establish a reasonable doubt requiring acquittal. We are accomplished in obtaining dismissals and acquittals for our clients. We urge you to contact an assault and battery lawyer at the firm for a free confidential consultation.