If you are facing an assault charge in Arlington, Texas, it can be challenging to navigate on your own. Such a charge can significantly impact your life, so you may want to consider working with a criminal defense attorney who can help fight the charges against you.
If you or a loved one have been accused of assault, an Arlington assault lawyer from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can help build your case and develop a defense that could lead to a favorable outcome for you and your family.
How Can an Arlington Assault Lawyer Help Me?
Attorney Randall B. Isenberg has more than 30 years of experience as a former prosecutor and state district judge. He knows what it takes to develop a strong defense and fight for your rights at trial.
A criminal defense lawyer from our team will start working for you as soon as you call us. The benefits of hiring a member from our team include the following:
- We protect your rights and interests. We fully explain what is happening in your case, your charges, and your best options. We have your present and future in mind when we present your options. We understand how an assault charge can affect your future, so we develop a defense for your case.
- We manage communications with all parties in your case. Police officers and prosecutors want an admission of guilt. We will represent you and speak on your behalf.
- We handle the paperwork and follow all timelines and deadlines. Handling the daily tasks of a legal case can be complex. We will take care of key tasks and complete them on time.
- We prioritize our communications with you. Being involved in a legal matter can sometimes be overwhelming and even confusing. We will answer your questions promptly and update you regularly on your case’s status.
What Is Assault?
Assault is a large category of offenses with many charges that range in severity. Assault is an intentional act that makes another person reasonably apprehensive of imminent harmful or offensive contact. This could result in police intervening even without physical contact between parties. An assault lawyer can examine your case appropriately and create the most effective defense.
Some types of assault are sexual, domestic, and attempted assault, but the most common is simple assault and aggravated assault.
Simple vs. Aggravated Assault
Simple assault typically involves either the threat of immediate harm or a physical act with minimal injuries as the outcome. For example, threatening to hit someone with words or raising a fist would be considered simple assault. Touching someone by shoving or slapping that leaves bruising could also lead to a simple assault charge.
Aggravated assault results in serious bodily harm or an assault committed with a weapon or the intent to commit a serious crime, such as rape.
What Are the Penalties for Assault?
A few factors can go into determining the penalty for the crime based on harm done, verbally or physically, the other party involved, and any previous criminal records.
Imprisonment and Fines
Simple assault is a misdemeanor charge with up to a year in jail and fines ranging from $500 to $2,500. If there are prior assault convictions, felony penalties may apply to result in two to five years in prison.
An aggravated assault charge can lead to 20 years in prison with fines of $5,000 to $20,000. The details of the situation, such as the amount of harm threatened or inflicted, weighs heavily on the punishment.
If this is a first-time offense, receiving probation with community service time is possible. Additional punishments may apply, such as attending anger management classes or substance abuse counseling, not having contact with the victim, and paying restitution.
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A restraining order may be put in place to prevent communication or contact between parties.
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A judge could order you to pay for any property damage from the assault, including any physical or emotional harm resulting in medical bills or counseling.
Working with an Arlington assault lawyer as quickly as possible enables the planning for your defense to begin and be able to fight the charges or even potentially help avoid facing charges.
Possible Defenses Against Assault
An assault charge, whether accused or convicted, can have long-term effects on your life. This is why we work hard to develop a strategy to defend against your assault charge. We start by hearing what happened, and then we investigate your case, collecting evidence to ensure a violation of your rights did not occur. Once we have this information, we can develop our defense.
Some defense strategies may include:
- Self-defense. If someone threatens you or puts you in danger, you may not be at fault for defending yourself within reason. However, if you provoke the situation, your actions cannot be classified as self-defense.
- Defending someone else. If you are protecting someone else from harm, within reason, you could be forgiven under self-defense.
- Defense of property. According to Texas Penal Code, Chapter 9, Subchapter D, you may be justified if someone is trespassing on your property and the only way to get them out is by force.
Managing your legal case requires us to work together to develop a defense strategy that works best for your unique case. No two cases are the same, so we personalized our services to ensure we meet our clients’ needs.
Speak With Us Today About Help From an Arlington Assault Lawyer
If you or someone you love is facing an assault charge, having an attorney from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg on your side strengthens your case and ability to fight the charge. Once we know your case’s details, we can work on strategies to dispute the charge.
We understand how the implications of an assault charge can change your life and put additional challenges on your plate to manage. Contact us as quickly as possible to begin fighting for your rights. We are committed to supporting you and working hard to resolve your case.