If you face assault allegations, were arrested, or have pending assault charges, your first call should be to a Grand Prairie assault lawyer. Our attorneys understand how serious these charges are and how damaging a conviction could be for you. We fight for favorable outcomes for our clients.
A Grand Prairie criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can take your call and assess your case today. You can reach someone from our office 24/7. Connect with our team to learn how we could reduce the charges you face, shorten your sentence, or otherwise pursue a better case outcome.
Understanding a Grand Prairie Assault Accusation in Texas
If you face an assault allegation or arrest in Grand Prairie, you may wonder what you stand accused of doing. This is not always clear-cut for those unfamiliar with Texas criminal law. The crimes many states call assault and battery fall under the single “assaultive offenses” category in Texas under Texas Penal Code Chapter 22.
This chapter of the criminal code makes it illegal to act in several ways that could harm someone or threaten harm. The actions listed include:
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing someone else physical injury
- Intentionally or knowingly threatening someone else with imminent injury
- Intentionally or knowingly causing physical contact with someone else when you know they will likely see the contact as offensive or provocative.
Our assault and violent offenses defense lawyers know what it takes to convict someone of these offenses. Our team has experience as prosecutors and judges in addition to criminal defense. We understand what prosecutors will try to use against our clients and the possible defenses.
In general, a conviction requires showing the jury:
- An assault occurred
- The defendant (our client) was the perpetrator
- The defendant acted intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly, depending on the accused offense
- The defendant did not act in self-defense
Our team also knows the evidence police detectives investigating the incident will look for to support the criminal case. This varies widely based on the circumstances but could include some or all the following:
- The report and testimony from responding or arresting officers
- Video footage of the incident
- Eyewitness testimony about what occurred
- Documentation of any injuries
You can trust our team to analyze this evidence and develop a strong defense strategy to help you get a more favorable outcome in your case.
We Fight the Harsh Consequences of a Grand Prairie Assault Conviction
An assault charge is a serious offense. If convicted, the possible penalties vary from a relatively minor fine of $500 to a significant fine and at least five years behind bars. How the courts charge the crime plays a major role in the possible effect on your daily life.
Sometimes, our objective is to work to reduce the severity of the charge our client faces. This could make it possible to negotiate a plea agreement or sentencing deal that reduces the consequences in the case.
The charge is likely a misdemeanor offense when there is a threat of violence or offensive contact. The potential sentence depends on the class. The sentencing guidelines include:
- Class C Misdemeanor: A $500 fine
- Class B Misdemeanor: Up to 180 days in jail and/or a $2,000 fine
- Class A Misdemeanor: Up to a year in jail and/or a $4,000 fine
When injuries occur, or there are previous similar convictions, a case could involve a felony charge. These are more serious convictions and usually have a mandatory minimum sentence behind bars. They could call for:
- State jail felony: 180 days to two years in state jail
- Third-degree felony: Two to 10 years in state prison
- Second-degree felony: Two to 20 years in state prison
- First-degree felony: Five to 99 years in state prison
Felony convictions also come with additional penalties. This could include fines of up to $10,000, probations, community service, and more.
Our Grand Prairie Assault Attorneys Can Handle Your Case
Attorney Randall B. Isenberg, our law firm’s founder, is an experienced criminal defense attorney and a former senior chief felony prosecutor and state district trial judge. His experience informs our entire team, helping us build stronger cases and fight for a better outcome for our clients.
If you face an assault allegation in Dallas, Tarrant, or Ellis counties, an attorney from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can take action to defend your reputation and protect your future. This could include:
- Presenting evidence to show someone else committed the crime
- Showing the court that no crime occurred
- Stopping the charges before they occur
- Getting the judge to bar evidence from the court
- Convincing the court to drop the charges
- Using pretrial motions to diminish the strength of the case against you
- Negotiating a plea agreement that lessens the charge
- Making a sentencing deal that reduces or eliminates jail or prison time
- Getting an acquittal at trial
Our case results show how frequently we can employ robust defense strategies to help our clients mitigate the allegations against them.
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Talk to Our Criminal Defense Lawyers About Your Grand Prairie Assault Case
We represent clients facing serious criminal accusations and charges in Grand Prairie, TX. You can speak to a lawyer from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg today. Someone is available to take your call now.
We will fight for the best outcome for your case. Let us go to work developing a strong defense strategy for you today. Contact us now to get started.