Assault Defense Attorney in El Paso
Texas Penal Code § 22.01: Assault
A misdemeanor or felony offense in Texas, assault is a serious charge that involves threatening or causing bodily injury to another person. Even if the alleged victim did not experience actual physical harm, it is still possible for the alleged offender to be charged with assault. If you’ve been accused of such an offense, it is important to understand what is at stake and to involve a skilled El Paso assault defense attorney as soon as possible to protect your interests.
There are three primary types of assault as defined in Texas Penal Code § 22.01. A person may be charged with assault if he or she is accused of:
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily harm to another person/family member;
- Intentionally or knowingly threatening another person with imminent bodily harm; or
- Intentionally or knowingly causing physical contact with another person, if such contact would reasonably be interpreted as offensive or provocative.
As a former Federal Agent with the U.S. Border Patrol and former Public Defender, Rafael C. Morales understands the intricacies of assault charges and how to defend clients against these. If you want to put a powerful attorney in your corner, now is the time to contact our firm.
Felony vs. Misdemeanor Assault Charges
Assault is typically a class A misdemeanor resulting in up to 1 year in jail and/or up to $4k in fines. Texas Statute § 22.01 imposes 3rd degree felony assault charges if the victim is a public servant, a house member, if breathing was restricted, or if the offender has a prior assault conviction.