In Texas, an assault charge is brought if someone injures or threatens to injure another person recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally. This can include making verbal threats of bodily harm, causing physical contact in a manner that the offender knows is offensive or provocative, or causing actual bodily harm. The key factor here is that the injury or harm must be intentional or caused by what the offender knew, or should have known, was reckless behavior. A skilled defense attorney will work to get the charges dismissed, to prove you innocent in court, or to minimize your sentence if convicted.

What is Considered a Misdemeanor Assault in Texas?

There are three types of misdemeanor assault charges in Texas. Class C misdemeanor assaults include threats of bodily harm and provocative or offensive physical contact. These charges can result in a fine of up to $500.Class B misdemeanor assault charges will be brought in cases involving an athlete being assaulted by a non-athlete during a game or match, and can result in up to 180 days in jail and a fine up to $2000.The most serious misdemeanor assault charge is the Class A charge, which involves bodily injury with no aggravating factors. This level of misdemeanor can lead to jail time of up to a year and a fine of up to $4000. Contact the Houston Law Office of Michael H. Pham today to assist you with your assault case 713-236-7791

What Constitutes a Felony Assault?

If an assault meets certain criteria, it can be charged as a felony in Texas. To be considered for a felony charge, the assault must meet the guidelines outlined for misdemeanor charges, plus be perpetrated against security officers, emergency services personnel, or public servants, or involve domestic assault. Consequences in cases of second-and third-degree assaults like those listed can include up to 10 years in state prison and fines up to $10,000.

How Can an Attorney Help in an Assault Case?

If you have been charged with assault, there are many steps that must be taken to get the charges dropped, prove your innocence, or minimize punishment if convicted. It can be extremely difficult for the defendant to gather evidence, interview witnesses, and research relevant case law in order to mount a successful defense. Hiring a skilled attorney can take all of those stressful activities off your plate and give you access to years of legal expertise and experience. Michael H. Pham has the knowledge and practice that will add to your success in court. Call today at 713-236-7791