Facing violent crime charges can be terrifying. However, if you put a murder and assault lawyer in Grand Prairie to work on your case early enough, he may be able to convince the prosecutor to reduce, drop, or never even file your charges.
Attorney Randall Isenberg understands exactly how serious your situation is. As a former chief felony prosecutor and state district court judge, he knows how harshly the state prosecutes these crimes. He puts his knowledge and his decades of experience to work on your behalf.
Call our office today at 214-696-9253 to speak to a murder and assault lawyer in Grand Prairie.
How Long Will You Go to Prison for Murder or Assault in Grand Prairie?
Per Title 3, Chapter 12, “Punishments” of the Texas statutes, a simple assault charge qualifies as a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a fine of $4,000 and up to 12 months in county lockup. If the victim was a family member, police officer, public servant, family court guardian, or security guard, you will face felony charges of the third degree.
Upon conviction for third-degree felony assault, you will face a fine of up to $10,000 and up to a decade in prison.
With aggravating circumstances, such as having a weapon in your possession at the time of the crime, the prosecutor can pursue second-degree felony charges. Second-degree felony assault carries a fine of up to $10,000 and up to two decades in prison. Note that the prosecutor can tack on charges for aggravating circumstances even if you never pulled the weapon.
Murder qualifies as a felony of the first degree, with a $10,000 fine and the potential for life behind bars.
If your offense qualifies as capital murder, you will spend your life in prison with no option for parole. If the crime was of a particularly heinous nature, the prosecutor could pursue the death penalty.
What Constitutes Assault in Grand Prairie?
The Texas statutes define simple assault in Title 5, Chapter 22, Assaultive Offenses, as knowingly or intentionally threatening someone with bodily harm, knowingly or intentionally provoking someone with physical contact, or recklessly, knowingly or intentionally causing bodily harm to another person.
The following violent crimes also qualify:
- Aggravated assault
- Sexual assault
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Child endangerment
- Child abandonment
- Injuring a child, disabled person, or elderly person
What Constitutes Murder in Grand Prairie?
Per Title 5, Chapter 19 of the Texas statutes, murder is “knowingly or intentionally” causing the death of someone. Also classified as murder is causing the death of another person while:
- Committing an act during which you intended to inflict harm; or
- Committing or fleeing from a felony
Offenses such as murder for hire, killing a law enforcement officer, or committing multiple murders may qualify as capital murder crimes.
What Can a Violent Crimes Lawyer Do for My Case?
If you hope to avoid spending decades behind bars, you should speak with a criminal defense attorney now.
A violent crimes lawyer in Grand Prairie at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can dig into the evidence in your case and identify potential weaknesses that may prove beneficial for your defense.
Because the prosecutor has an exceptionally high burden of proof when trying violent crime cases, we may use a number of different strategies to build your case.
If the police violated your legal rights, such as with an illegal search of your person or your property, or if they neglected to handle the evidence properly, our firm may successfully use this information to negotiate with the prosecutor to have your charges reduced or dropped.
Self-defense is another potential strategy that our murder and assault team may use. If we can demonstrate that you were justified in your actions — for example, if you acted to defend yourself or someone else against immediate danger or the threat of force — it may serve as a solid basis for building your case.
Based on the circumstances of your case, your lawyer may develop any number of additional strategies for defending you against assault, murder, or any other violent crime charge. The prosecution must persuade the jury of your guilt beyond any reasonable doubt. We will build your case specifically to infuse doubt.
When Should I Discuss My Case with a Grand Prairie Murder and Assault Attorney?
If you can hire a criminal defense lawyer before the prosecutor moves forward with charges, we may be able to get out in front of your charges. We can attempt to negotiate with the prosecutor for lesser charges or, if the evidence is compelling enough, convince him not to file charges at all.
The Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg will use a plethora of resources, including investigators and experts in various fields, to identify or provide evidence that can help to clear your name.
If you ultimately must go to trial, you can rest assured that we will be by your side, protecting your legal rights, answering your questions, and ensuring that you understand your options, and doing whatever possible to help improve the outcome of your case.
Talk to a Murder and Assault Lawyer in Grand Prairie Today at No Cost
You can consult a violent crimes lawyer in Grand Prairie for no cost or obligation, by calling the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg today.
Discussing your case with a knowledgeable murder and assault lawyer can provide a greater understanding of what you are up against, and helps you make the best choice for your future.
Call us today at 214-696-9253 to schedule a consultation. If you are in custody or otherwise able to come to us, we will come to you.