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
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the alleged act, assault may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony in Texas. The standard charge is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in county jail and a fine of up to $4,000. It may be classified as a felony of the third degree if the victim is a public servant or security officer, if the victim is a family member or cohabitant, if the offense was committed by restricting the breathing of the victim, if the offender has a prior assault conviction, and in other circumstances described in § 22.01.
If you’ve been arrested for assault, remember that you are innocent until proven guilty. Let an experienced El Paso assault defense lawyer fight to protect your interests. Call (915) 800-8201!