Assault can range from a very simple act—touching or speaking to someone in a threatening or offensive manner—to a more severe offense such as aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. It is important to note that verbal threats can be considered assault if the recipient of the threats truly believes he or she is in danger. In all cases, the severity of punishment is designed to fit the crime. Simple assaults are misdemeanors and may have minimum jail sentences and fines attached to conviction. Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is a felony offense, and could result in prison time if convicted.
The severity of an assault charge depends also on the identity of the alleged victim. Incidents involving a spouse or family member are considered domestic violence and carry more weight, especially with prior convictions.
If charged with an assault a public servant, such as a police officer, government official, private security person, or emergency response worker, who is in the process of his or her work, you can face stiffer penalties.
Police officers who witness assault or domestic violence may arrest all parties, regardless of fault. If you are arrested for assault, even if it was self defense, you should contact an assault attorney immediately.
With the exception of domestic violence, police officers must witness the assault in order to arrest you immediately. Otherwise, you will receive a request for a court appearance, or the police officer will obtain a warrant.
If you are facing assault charges, you need the help of a legal expert. The Law Office of David D. White, PLLC are knowledgeable and skilled in this area and can help you craft your best defense. Call (512) 369-3737 today for your free consultation.
The experienced at The Law Office of David D. White, PLLC will assist you during all stages of an assault charge, offering their expertise to work toward the best possible outcome.
Assault convictions can carry hefty penalties in addition to jail time and monetary fines. For example, you may jeopardize custody arrangements for your children, face deportation if you are not a U.S. citizen, or lose your right to own a firearm, which would jeopardize a potential career in law enforcement.
Your attorney at The Law Office of David D. White, PLLC will review every aspect of your case. He may offer evidence indicating self defense or prove that your actions were legal. If assault charges are unwarranted, he will provide evidence and procure witnesses to solidify your innocence.
If you are found guilty, your attorney will work to obtain a minimal sentence and may meet with prosecutors to negotiate a plea agreement. He will emphasize mitigating factors corresponding with your arrest.
If you are facing assault charges, no matter how small, contact an Austin assault lawyer at The Law Office of David D. White, PLLC before you speak to police. Do not sign anything, as you may be in danger of waiving your right to restitution or legal action. Call our offices at (512) 369-3737 to schedule an appointment.