Fort Worth Assault Lawyer
If you or a love one has been arrested for any kind of assault charge, do not hesitate, hire an experienced lawyer to defend you and avoid that conviction. Any kind of assault charge you are certainly not going to want to stay on your record. Violent offenses never look good in the eyes of any employer. The Law Office of Jeff S. Hoover has over 20+ years’ experience in criminal defense and can defend all types of assault charges. Assault charges in many different varieties and punishments, below is a list of assault crimes in Texas
• Aggravated assault
• Assault with serious bodily injury
• Intoxication assault
• Assault family violence
• Sexual assault
• Assault of a public servant
Here’s the kicker, you don’t even have to actually harm, or even touch anyone in the state of Texas to be charged with assault.
Definition of Assault
Assault is defined very clearly under Texas Penal Code 22, where not only is assault defined, but the many varieties of assault as well. Let’s take a look.
Assault sec 22.01 – A person commits an offense if the person
– intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another, including the person’s spouse,
– intentionally or knowingly threatens another with imminent bodily injury, including the person’s spouse (this is where I was talking about not even touching said person)
– 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.
First time assault is classified as a class C misdemeanor
Aggravated assault sec 22.02– A person commits an offense if the person commits assault as previously defined and the person
– causes serious bodily injury to another, including the person’s spouse
– uses or exhibits a deadly weapon during the commission of the assault
Aggravated assault is generally punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to $10,000 fine. Depending on the details of your case, your assault charge could be enhanced.
Sexual assault sec 22.011 – a person commits an offense if
– causes the penetration of the anus or sexual organ of another person by any means, without that person’s consent. This includes anyone unconscious or impaired.
Sexual assault is considered a second-degree felony, if there are no enhancements. It is urgent you get the defense you need today! If convicted of sexual assault, you will be stamped with that for the rest of your life and must register yourself as a sex offender.
Assault with serious bodily injury – as defined in section 1.07, serious bodily injury means the alleged victim of the assault must have suffered serious injuries or even death. If the victim is killed, left with an impairment or loss of a body part, your assault will include serious bodily injury
– means bodily injury that creates a substantial risk of death or that causes death, serious permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ
Assault with serious bodily injury is considered a second-degree felony. To look up the possible penalties of your assault crime, check the table defining punishment by tier.
Murder and Capital Murder Defense
One of the most serious crimes is murder, and Texas doesn’t play around. The death penalty is certainly an option in Texas still. Murder is usually a first-degree felony unless in the situation that the defense proves the action was committed under the immediate influence of sudden passion rising from adequate cause.
If you don’t hire the right attorney to back you up in this dire situation, you could end up in prison for life or with the death penalty. There are many various reasons that can enhance your murder charge to capital murder. Possible reasons your murder charge could be enhanced
• knowingly murdering a police officer
• intentionally commits murder pretty much while committing any other crime
• Commits murder while escaping or attempting to escape prison
• Murdering another inmate while in prison
• Murdering more than one person during the same crime
• Murdering someone under the age of 10
• If one murders someone because of the fact that they are a judge
Contact an experienced Violent Crimes defense lawyer
If you or a loved one has been arrested with any kind of assault, whether it be misdemeanor or felony, the time to call is now! The sooner We can start building your defense the better. Every case is different, that’s why it requires an experienced attorney to build a unique defense strategy for your assault case. Please give The Law Office of Jeff S. Hoover a call @ 817-335-9500 today or visit our contact page to schedule a free consultation.