San Antonio Assault Defense Attorneys
Persistent, Personalized Representation in Texas
Sometimes, no matter how hard we may try to avoid it, a heated situation with another can escalate. During these times of conflict, it can be difficult to defuse the situation, especially if one party loses their temper, and challenging words turn to physical harm. In other circumstances, however, a person might just be caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, finding themselves suddenly embroiled in a fight to defend themselves when things get violent.
If this scenario sounds familiar, you likely need the experienced guidance of our San Antonio assault defense lawyers. At the Krause Law Firm, we know how rapidly situations can escalate, and that in the heat of the moment, witnesses can misinterpret actions and words or even misidentify participants entirely. Let us defend you from false or mistaken accusations to protect your future, your freedom, and your good name.
What Are the Different Types of Assault Offenses?
Texas Penal Code § 22.01 define assault as “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly” causing injury, threatening injury, or having physical contact with another in a way that would reasonably be understood to be a threat of physical harm.
Some examples of assault crimes in Texas include:
- Simple assault – If someone makes this accusation against you, they are claiming that you willingly or knowingly caused harm or physical injury to someone else.
- Aggravated assault and deadly conduct – Aggravated assault specifically occurs when a defendant intentionally or recklessly causes bodily harm to another, or the use of a deadly weapon or firearm is involved in an assault arrest or accusation. “Deadly conduct,” as defined in Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 22.05, add that a defendant may be charged if they put another in immediate risk of serious bodily harm or if they purposefully shot at a person, home, or building with a gun. It is important to note that in this definition, road rage may be considered “deadly conduct,” especially when cutting off another at high speeds.
- Felony assault – The category of a felonious assault is actually very similar to any other assault except that it involves the usage of a deadly weapon or is directed against law enforcement, a government official, a security guard, an emergency service worker, or a family member.
What Are the Penalties for Assault Crimes?
There are many penalties an assault conviction. While simple assault is generally charged as a misdemeanor, with up to one year in jail and $500 to $4,000 in fines depending on the severity of the crime, the circumstances of the arrest, and the alleged evidence against you. Felony assault may lead to a conviction of up to 10 years in prison and require you to pay up to $10,000 in fines.
There are also the social tolls to think of: A person convicted for assault may lose custody of their children, their jobs, and their reputation. The stain of a criminal conviction on your record may haunt you long into the future, showing up on background checks when you seek loans, housing, new employment, or professional licenses. At the Krause Law Firm our mantra is “we start with dismissal,” meaning we will work hard to fight for you in and our of court. Whether you require the might of a sledgehammer or the precision of a scalpel to face the charges against you, our team can work with you to devise a personalized and creative defense solution.
The Passion, Knowledge, Empathy & Know-How You Need
To avoid the potentially terrible consequences of an assault conviction and have the best possible chance of facing the justice system and coming out the other side, get in touch with our attorneys at the Krause Law Firm. We are passionate about what we do and work hard for our clients, no matter how serious the charge.