Most cases of Assault are filed on family members. This is sometimes called “domestic violence.” Assault usually involves an accusation that bodily injury was inflicted upon another person. This bodily injury can be as simple as alleged pain. It is very common for a spouse or other family member to tell an officer that they felt pain at a time when they are angry from a heated argument or other disturbance. This allegation will usually result in an arrest even if there is no visible evidence of injury to verify the accusation.
Accusations of family violence can result in a felony charge under a few circumstances.
-Serious bodily injury
-Prior conviction for family Assault
-The victim is a child or elderly individual
The use or exhibition of a deadly weapon can even elevate a mere threat by words to a felony. If angry words lead to a threat that is backed up by a weapon close at hand, a person could be in very serious need of a family violence lawyer.
In the state of Texas, an individual may face serious legal penalties if he or she is found guilty of an assault. Depending on the nature of the allegation, a conviction for domestic violence could result in up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.00. Even a simple misdemeanor assault can result in a finding of family violence. These findings can lead to enhancement of future felony charges and the loss of firearms ownership rights.
BUILDING A STRONG DEFENSE AGAINST ASSAULT CHARGES
Jim Medley, a Houston criminal lawyer with more than 16 years of experience as a defense lawyer and over 20 years in the criminal justice field. He has dedicated his professional life to criminal defense. Assault charges can be based on false accusations or can be justified by self-defense. All of the complex details of the human experience as parties in a heated dispute must be considered before someone is judges based on their actions. Jim Medley will closely examine your situation and will tell the story in a complete analysis that will include your difficult decisions.