When Disputes Turn Physical, Assault Charges Can Follow

Arguments between two or more people are common, but when the altercation turns threatening or physical, you could face assault charges. Assault charges carry serious penalties and can permanently harm your reputation. Following an assault arrest, get the help you need by contacting the experienced attorneys at Peter & Lanzillo, PLLC, in Plano.

Assault, Aggravated Assault And Family Violence Charges

Under the Texas Penal Code, you are guilty of committing assault if you:

  • Intentionally or recklessly cause bodily injury to another
  • Threaten someone with imminent bodily injury
  • Intentionally cause physical contact with another person when you know, or should know, the person will regard the contact as offensive or provocative

Aggravated or felony assault occurs if:

  • You cause a serious bodily injury.
  • You choke or cut off the airways of a person.
  • You have a prior conviction or deferred adjudication with an affirmative finding of family violence.
  • You use a weapon to commit the assault.

As noted, you can face criminal assault charges for invoking a fear of imminent harm even if you never physically touched the alleged victim. When the assault is against a family or household member, or a past or current significant other you will face family violence charges.

Preferential Treatment

Although Texas does not have a mandatory arrest law for situations when an officer arrives at the scene of a dispute, the accused is often arrested. Law enforcement gives the alleged victim the benefit of the doubt, and by making a claim against you, they have the upper hand. When it comes down to your word against someone else's, we will fight to make sure your side of the story gets heard.

No-Contact Orders

Following an allegation of domestic violence, the court may issue a no-contact order prohibiting you from contacting the alleged victim. Unfortunately, no-contact orders can also prevent you from seeing your children or returning home. If you violate an order, you may be considered in contempt of court and charged with a misdemeanor. Felony charges may apply if you were previously convicted of violating a no-contact order.

Protect Yourself Now

Even the most absurdly false claims can adversely impact your reputation, and a conviction carries stiff punitive and collateral consequences. If charged with assault, you need a criminal defense lawyer fighting for your rights and reputation. Get in touch with us online or by calling 972-914-9601 to schedule an appointment.