Houston Assault Lawyers
Providing Aggressive Defense in Texas
Charged with assault? At Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., our team of highly skilled attorneys knows how serious this offense is and the severe penalties that can result from a conviction. That is why we are committed to delivering top-quality legal services to those accused of this crime. When you turn to our team for effective defense, you'll be given the personalized attention you need. We believe in the presumption of innocence and will listen to your side of the story to start building a defense on your behalf. In addition to focused and dedicated representation, you'll also benefit from our collaborative approach. Together, we have over 90 years of legal experience and will put all of that knowledge to work on your case to fight your charges and seek a favorable outcome.
Trying to handle a criminal matter on your own, no matter how simple it might seem, could prove costly in the long run. When the State pursues an assault case, the prosecutor will do everything in their power to try to land a conviction. They have years of experience behind them, understand the legal system, and know how to present a case. Although you may have somewhat of a grasp on the laws concerning your rights, having a lawyer by your side throughout your case can level the playing field. Your attorney can aggressively challenge the accusations made against you.
Before you decide to go your case alone, speak with our Houston assault attorneys during a free consultation to discuss your legal options. We can be reached at (713) 422-2270.
What Is Assault in Texas?
In Texas, assault is defined as causing or threatening to cause physical harm to another person.
Texas Penal Code § 22.01 specifically states that this offense occurs when someone:
- Causes bodily injury to another,
- Threatens another person in a way that makes them fear they are in imminent risk of bodily injury, or
- Touches someone else in a way that the other person would consider offensive or provocative
For a person to be charged with assault, they must have engaged in the conduct either intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly.
Is Assault a Misdemeanor or Felony in Texas?
In Texas, offenses are charged as either misdemeanors or felonies, with felonies being considered the more serious of the two. Depending on the facts of the case, assault can be charged at either level.
Assault is a class C misdemeanor when a person:
- Intentionally or knowingly threatens to cause bodily injury to another, or
- Touches someone in a way that the other perceives as offensive or provocative
Assault is a class B misdemeanor when an individual:
- Is not a sports participant and commits the offense against someone who is
Assault is a class A misdemeanor when a person:
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another
- Intentionally or knowingly threatens bodily injury or offensively or provocatively touches an elderly or disabled individual or a pregnant person to force an abortion
Assault is a third-degree felony when an individual:
Causes bodily injury to any of the following:
- Public servant
- Family or household member, and the individual has previously been charged with this offense or they committed the assault by blocking air or blood circulation
- Government contractor
- Security guard
- Emergency services personnel
- Pregnant individual to force an abortion
- Someone the actor knows is pregnant
- An employee of the Texas Civil Commitment Office when the actor is imprisoned in a facility where the employee works
Assault is a second-degree felony when a person:
- Causes bodily injury to a peace officer or judge
- Causes bodily injury to a family or household member, the individual has previously been charged with this offense, and they committed the assault by choking or strangling the other person
Ready to Discuss Your Case?
Various nuances to the assault law exist, and if you've been accused, it's best to speak with a skilled Houston criminal defense attorney to understand your specific charges. At Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., we will review your legal options and help you make an informed decision on how to effectively proceed with your case.
Schedule your free consultation with our Houston team today by calling us at (713) 422-2270 or contacting us online.