If you are facing an assault charge, you need to understand the potential consequences of the offense, as well as exactly what it is that the prosecutor will try to prove in the case against you. In order to know the answer to those questions, it is essential to have an understanding of how the crime of assault is defined under Texas law. In this situation, the Law Office of Matthew Shrum can help. Mr. Shrum will explain the charges, and he will outline an intelligent strategy for your defense.
There are many different types of assault charges in Texas, and some of them are more serious, and carry harsher penalties, than others. Under section 22.01 of the Penal Code, the crime of assault consists of:
Not all assault charges are equal. Additional factors affecting the severity of the charge and the consequences include, in the case of assault involving bodily injury:
Most people would assume that aggravated assault is a more serious crime than simple assault, but may not understand the reasons why, or the ramifications of this distinction. Under the Texas Penal Code, aggravated assault consists of an assault which (a) causes serious bodily injury to another, or (b) involves the use or exhibition of a deadly weapon. Unlike simple assault, aggravated assault is generally a second degree felony. Additional factors in some cases could lead to the offense being charged as a first degree felony.
Under the assault statute, there are a number of other crimes that are including under the general heading of assault. They include:
As in other areas of criminal law, it takes more than simply being an attorney to establish and carry out a successful defense strategy in an assault case. Your attorney must know the differences among the charges, some of which may be subtle. And he must know how to investigate and analyze the facts in your case, how to identify and develop any defenses you may have, how to negotiate with the prosecutor, and how to prepare your case for trial if an acceptable resolution is cannot be reached.
Matthew Shrum is an Austin criminal lawyer who has the experience, talent and commitment you want when you are facing an assault charge. He will work hard to protect your rights, with the goal of a dismissal, a reduction in the charge, or a not guilty verdict. If you have been charged with assault, arrange for a free consultation by calling the Law Office of Matthew Shrum today.