Texas Assault & Battery Charges
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Assault and battery are two criminal offenses which are frequently charged alongside one another. However, there is an important difference between these two—assault is the act of threatening bodily harm or injury against another, while battery involves making contact with someone with the intent of causing bodily injury. In either case, the consequences for a conviction can be severe, and you shouldn’t hesitate to retain experienced, high-quality counsel if you’ve been arrested and charged with either one of these crimes.
At the Law Office of Steve O. Gonzalez, we’re fully-committed to your cause and we’re powerful allies fighting in your corner against your prosecution. We believe everyone who faces the harshness of the criminal justice system in Texas deserves the highest quality representation, and our trial-tested advocates have earned a reputation for excellence thanks to our long list of successful cases and optimal outcomes. We’re passionate about what we do, and we’re capable of standing up for you through every step of the process, from the very beginning in your arrest and questioning all the way through the end of your trial. We believe you should have legal counsel you can trust, and that’s why we commit ourselves to the highest standards of ethics and professional conduct.
Arrested and charged with assault and/or battery? Give us a call today at (832) 900-9867 to request a consultation and review your options.
As stated previously, the crime of assault involves threatening someone with physical bodily harm. “Simple” assault, or cases where no aggravating or mitigating factors are present, does not require any physical contact in order to warrant a charge and a subsequent conviction. Simple assault charges are usually considered Class A misdemeanor, but could be promoted to felony level in certain circumstances, such as causing “serious bodily injury.”
Penalties for assault and battery in Texas can include:
- Incarceration in jail or state prison
- Large fines
- Permanent criminal record
- Possible loss of rights & privileges
Felony Assault & Battery
In certain circumstances, assault and battery charges can be escalated to felony-level. These circumstances, known as “aggravating factors,” can include assaulting a known public servant, emergency services worker, or other protected professions, or using a deadly weapon to conduct the assault.
In these instances, the assault charges are promoted to a third-degree felony, which means you could face between two and ten years in Texas state prison, plus a fine not to exceed $10,000 as well as additional penalties for having a permanent felony record.
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