A Forney assault lawyer is here to help if you face allegations, arrest, or charges in Kaufman County, Texas. Assault charges are serious accusations, and a conviction could mean time behind bars and significant fines. Rather than navigate the criminal justice system alone, you could entrust your case’s outcome to a defense lawyer.
A Forney criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can take your call today. We are here to help you understand and fight the allegations against you. We have someone available to answer the phone and discuss your next steps 24/7.
Our Criminal Defense Lawyers Advocate for Defendants in Forney, TX
At the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg, we believe our case results speak for themselves. We have a long history of getting positive outcomes for our clients, including preventing charges, getting them dismissed, and winning cases at trial. We fight for our clients, mitigating the effects a conviction might have on their lives when necessary.
Attorney Randall B. Isenberg understands criminal justice from the inside out. In addition to his 30 years as a criminal defense attorney, he is also a former Senior Chief Felony Prosecutor and State District Trial Judge. He knows what it takes to convict someone of assault in Forney and how to dismantle the charges his clients face.
Building a Defense Based on Forney Assault Charges
Every Forney assault case is unique. As we learn more and more about the circumstances that led to your arrest, we explore our options for your defense strategy. As part of our investigation, we often uncover the keys to winning the case. This could include:
- A solid alibi for the time and location the alleged assault occurred
- Evidence the assault did not occur
- The true identity of the assailant
- How police mishandled the investigation
- Any violation of your legal rights
Depending on what we uncover and the case facts, our strategy could include:
- Showing the prosecutor they do not have a case against our client and having them stop the investigation before filing charges
- Presenting strong evidence and getting them to dismiss the charges
- Having key evidence barred from the case through a pretrial motion
- Showing police misconduct or violation of our client’s rights
- Negotiating a plea deal for a lesser charge
- Negotiating a sentencing deal in exchange for a guilty plea
- Taking the case to trial and fighting the allegations with strong evidence
What Is Necessary to Prove an Assault Charge?
Per Texas Penal Code Chapter 22: Assaultive Offenses, Texas defines assault as occurring when someone:
- “Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly” causes bodily injuries to another person
- “Intentionally or knowingly” threatens another with bodily harm
- “Intentionally or knowingly” makes physical contact in a way that might be perceived as offensive or provocative
As you can see, unless the person is acting recklessly, assault occurs on purpose. You cannot accidentally assault someone under Texas law. This means, to get a conviction, the prosecution must show that:
- An assault occurred.
- It was on purpose.
- The accused party perpetrated the assault.
While every Kaufman County assault charge stems from very different circumstances, all these factors must be present to get the conviction. If our team can counter the evidence presented or make jurors question any of the above, convicting our client will be difficult.
Some evidence commonly used by prosecutors in these cases includes:
- Eyewitness testimony, including from the involved parties
- Reports filed by responding police officers
- Testimony from the arresting officer
- Video of the incident
- Medical records, pictures, and other documentation of injuries
- History of similar criminal history or documented altercations
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What Are the Consequences of a Forney Assault Conviction?
The severity of a Forney assault charge will depend greatly on the circumstances of the case. Factors that could affect how they charge your assault case could include:
- Any history of similar actions
- If any injuries occurred
- The severity of any injuries that occurred
- Whether or not there was a weapon involved
- The relationship between you and the alleged victim
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Penalties for an Assault Conviction in Forney, TX
A threat, offensive contact, or physical assault with minor injuries is likely a misdemeanor offense. A conviction for simple assault might bring:
- A $500 fine for a class C misdemeanor
- Up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine for a class B misdemeanor
- Up to 365 days in jail and a $4,000 fine for a class A misdemeanor
When injuries are more serious or a deadly weapon is involved, the charges—and consequences—are more significant. Aggravated assault allegations could call for a felony charge. Possible sentences could include:
- 180 days to 2 years in state jail for a state jail felony
- 2 to 10 years in prison for a third-degree felony
- 2 to 20 years in prison for a second-degree felony
- 5 to 99 years in prison for a first-degree felony
All felony convictions could also include fines of up to $10,000 and other potential consequences and penalties.
Our Forney criminal defense attorneys understand how a conviction, even of a misdemeanor offense, could significantly affect your daily life. When possible, we fight charges and mitigate these effects for our clients. Our goal is to get the best possible outcome in your case based on the evidence and circumstances.
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Discuss Your Forney, TX, Assault Charge With Us Today
At the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg, our criminal defense team is here to help you. You can speak to an attorney from our team about your Forney assault case today. We handle these consultations over the phone, virtually, and in person. We will discuss your case, ask about your involvement, and answer your questions about our services and the criminal justice process.
Call our office to learn more. Whether it’s day or night, we’re ready to hear from you.