In today’s emotionally charged society, conflicts, disputes, and misunderstandings have become a part of everyday life. It’s not as difficult as you may think to be accused of perpetrating an assault (or an assault causes bodily injury/family violence, etc.) against another person. Such an accusation can lead to long-lasting negative marks on your criminal record, prevent you from getting the job you want, and from renting the apartment or home you want in the future, among other things.
To protect your business and personal reputation, if you find yourself accused of this crime, you should seek the help of an experienced defense attorney that is familiar with assault charges. The legal professionals at The Law Offices of James Gill, PLLC have the knowledge and experience to defend you effectively if you’ve been accused of an assault against someone else.
Difference Between Misdemeanor and Felony Assault
A misdemeanor charge of Class “C” assault is the most minor kind of assault charge. A misdemeanor assault is an act that is committed with the intent to create fear in another person that an assault will happen, which may or may not involve physical contact. To commit a misdemeanor against someone, there must be intent by the perpetrator, and fear in the victim. Misdemeanor assault is also sometimes called simple assault by the courts.
A misdemeanor Class “A” is punishable by up to 365 days in jail and/or a fine up to $4,000. Examples include punching, biting, kicking, or pulling some else hair that causes the inflicted party to feel pain.
The crime of felony assault generally involves the intentional use of violence or force against another person. Assault with a deadly weapon, like a gun, is always a felony assault even if the victim is never injured. Sometimes, even an aggressive dog can be considered a deadly weapon if it is released with the intention of having it harm another. Aggravated assault is also considered to be a felony, and involves the use of some kind of weapon to threaten another person’s safety.
Penalties for Assault and Battery Crimes
The penalties for assault and battery crimes vary according to the seriousness of the crime. They are obviously more severe for felony assault than for misdemeanor assault. Penalties for misdemeanor assaults can involve fines of up to $4,000 and jail time up to a year for a Class A, which is the most serious kind of offense in this category.
For a felony assault charge, penalties can involve many years in prison or even life in prison, as well as fines up to $10,000 or more. When you’ve been charged with assault, it is always wise to hire an experienced assault attorney, and you should want an expert. Our attorneys here at The Law Office of James Gill, PLLC are ready to work for your rights. We will use our knowledge and experience to try and negotiate a plea deal to get your sentence reduced (or dismissed!).
Call to Schedule a Consultation with an Assault and Battery Charges Defense Attorney in Texas Today
If you’ve been charged with assault and battery, call to schedule a consultation with an assault charge defense attorney in Texas today. The legal professionals at The Law Office of James Gill, PLLC are dedicated to helping you protect your reputation and getting the best possible outcome for your case. Call us at 512-448-4560 and let us evaluate your case for its merits and give you the best defense possible.