Violent Crimes

Houston Assault Attorney

Defending Those Charged with Assault in Harris County, TX

Assault charges may arise as the result of many different circumstances. Generally, however, a person can be charged for assault when they intentionally or knowingly cause harm, threaten to cause harm, or cause threatening contact to another person. Allegations can vary considerably depending on the circumstances involved. Courts will consider who the crime was committed against, the damages suffered by a victim, and the accused’s prior criminal record, among other factors. Should you or your loved one be facing allegations for any type of assault charge, includingsexual assault and domestic violence, allow our Houston defense attorneys to fight on your behalf and protect your rights.

Common Assault Charges

  • Assault: Under Texas Penal Code Title 5 §22.01, standard assault charges (referred to as simple assault) are typically misdemeanor offenses. Charges and penalties can be enhanced when an assault is committed against public employees, family members, elderly or disabled individuals, and others.
  • Aggravated Assault: An individual may face enhanced aggravated assault charges when they commit an assault that causes serious bodily injury to another or while using a deadly weapon. As a felony offense, it can subject offenders to large fines and terms of imprisonment for up to 20 years.

What are common defenses to assault charges?

Regardless of the specific offense, retaining experienced legal counsel should be your first priority. At the Law Offices of Billy Skinner, we are prepared to investigate the circumstances surrounding your case and to explore all defense options. We can defend against the serious criminal penalties these charges pose. If, for example, you were defending yourself, another person, or your property, our firm can work to present evidence supporting your right to do so.

Self-defense is one of the most common defenses advanced against charges of assault. For instance, say you are confronted by a stranger who is immediately acting violently and threatening you. If you strike back and attempt to get away, you may be able to argue that you were acting in self-defense. However, if you get in an argument where you provoked the other person, you may not be able to prove you were defending yourself.

To successfully establish self-defense, the following must be shown:

  • Defendant was facing threat of unlawful force or harm;
  • Defendant had a real, honest, and reasonable fear of harm;
  • Defendant did not harm or provoke; and
  • Defendant did not have a reasonable chance to retreat.

Contact a Houston Criminal Defense Attorney Today at 713-364-0777

We have spent years honing our abilities to defend the innocence of clients and present clear, convincing evidence on their behalf in court. Although assault cases can be complex—especially when no physical harm occurred—they can be effectively handled by proven, experienced legal counsel. Schedule a free consultation to learn more about your charges or contact the Law Offices of Billy Skinner today by calling 713-354-0777!