If you or someone you care about has been charged with a violent crime like assault, KW Law is here to help. We will fight to protect your rights under the law and do our best to limit or avoid penalties related to these charges. Our experience in both prosecution and criminal defense makes us strong advocates for clients charged with assault or other violent crimes.
You don’t have to physically injure someone to be charged with assault in Texas. Verbally threatening to harm someone can be grounds for an assault charge in Texas. Likewise, physical touch of another person that provokes them or is interpreted as a threat can potentially result in a charge of assault in Fort Bend County or anywhere in Texas. A small push, a finger pressed against the chest, grabbing someone’s arm or hair, any of these actions could result in an assault charge.
Some types of assault can result in harsher penalties than others. A misdemeanor assault charge may incur a monetary fine or short-term jail sentence. A verbal threat or provocative touch assault where no injury has occurred may be charged as a misdemeanor assault, but not always. Previous assault charges, whether a weapon is used, and the identity of the person assaulted can all factor into the determination of whether the assault is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony assault in Texas.
Assaults against any of the following individuals can be charged as a felony in the state of Texas:
An assault on these individuals and certain other factors can elevate an assault charge from a misdemeanor to a felony.
The use of a deadly weapon in an assault, or any assault that results in significant injury to the victim can be charged as “aggravated assault” in Texas. Again, if the aggravated assault is perpetrated against certain individuals, the penalties can be much more severe. Felony assault convictions in Fort Bend County can result in hefty fines and substantial prison time.
There are plenty of criminal defense attorneys to choose from in Fort Bend County and Harris County. Like every other profession, there are factors you should consider when selecting an assault defense attorney. How many years of experience does the attorney have serving in criminal court? Do those court cases include a significant number of assault cases? How many assault cases has the attorney tried to a jury?
Attorney Katie Wilson is happy to answer those questions for you! Katie has extensive experience with assault cases, both as a prosecutor and as a criminal defense attorney. She has handled 100s of assault cases in her career, and has completed over 20 jury trials where assault was alleged. Katie’s trial experience includes cases involving assault on police officers, nursing staff, and prison guards, as well as allegations of family violence, serious bodily injury, and the use of a deadly weapon.
For a strong criminal defense from a lawyer who takes a personal interest in each of her clients, call KW Law for a free consultation.