Assault Charges in Round Rock
Need a Williamson County attorney for an assault case?
Assault is the intentional or reckless cause of bodily injury to another
individual. A person can be charged with assault even if they do not physically
harm someone, but perform an act that would cause another personal to
fear that they will experience physical harm. This regulation recognizes
that just placing fear in another person is deserving of consequences,
even if the harm was not performed. The penalties for assault charges
vary depending on the situation and also if the offense was simple or
Aggravated assault offenses are generally charged as a felony, these crimes
would commonly involve a weapon or an intent to commit a serious crime.
An aggravated charge may also arise if the offense occurred within a relationship
that is regarded as worthy of special protection. For example, a physician
and client relationship may be considered one worthy of special protection
and the assault may be aggravated. If the offense lacked all of these
aggravating aspects, it would most likely be charged as a misdemeanor
simple assault. Are you facing assault charges in Round Rock? Consult
with a Williamson County criminal defense lawyer from R. Scott Magee,
Attorney at Law right away.
What constitutes an assault charge in Texas?
Many people mistake assault to be the same as battery, which is physical
harm. While they often go hand-in-hand, assault charges can be brought
about for other offenses as well. An individual can be charged with assault
if they do any of the following actions:
- Intentionally, recklessly or knowingly cause bodily harm to another person
- Knowingly or intentionally threatening another person with injury
- Intentionally or knowingly cause contact with someone else while knowing
that they may regard it as provocative or invasive
Penalties of Simple Assault
When it comes to simple assault, the offense is usually a Class A misdemeanor.
This crime could result in up to one year in jail and a fine of up to
$4,000. These offenses could be increased to a third degree felony for
various reasons. One reason would be if the state can prove that the defendant
committed the crime against a relative or someone they are romantically
involved with, and the defendant has a past conviction for domestic violence.
Another reason would be if the defendant was aware that the victim was
a public servant carrying our duties. Lastly, if the defendant knew the
victim was a security guard or worker and they committed the crime while
the victim was performing their job. If any of these aspects are present
in the crime, the defendant could be facing between two and 10 years in
prison along with a fine of up to $10,000.
Penalties of Aggravated Assault
If there was serious injury involved or the use of a weapon in the assault
offense, the defendant could be charged with aggravated assault. This
is a generally a second degree felony punishable by between two and 20
years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The charged can be increased
to a first degree felony if the offense was domestic violence or if it
was against a security guard, public official or witness to the act. The
penalty for this offense would be between five years and life in prison.
Accused of assault? Contact a Williamson County criminal attorney now!
If you are facing assault charges, a skilled Round Rock or Georgetown criminal
defense attorney from our firm may be able to help. We are familiar with
the process of challenging evidence and arguing that there was significant
reasoning for your actions. Oftentimes, charges can be reduced or dismissed
if we can prove that you were preventing harm to yourself or preventing
theft of your property.
R. Scott Magee, Attorney at Law today to schedule your
free case evaluation in Williamson County!