Cases of assault are taken very seriously in Texas. An arrest for assault or aggravated assault can have far reaching consequences that may affect your job, your state and federal licenses, your right to carry a firearm, and your reputation. More importantly, an assault conviction may result in stiff criminal penalties including fines, probation, and even jail time.
If you have been charged with an Assault charge, you need to hire an attorney with experience. As a prosecutor, Jorge Vela handled hundreds of violent felony cases which included cases of assault, aggravated assault, and manslaughter. Now, as a defense attorney, he is using that experience to fight for you.
Penalties for Assault Charges
A person commits a misdemeanor assault (Class A) if he intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another. A person may also commit the offense of assault if he even threatens another with imminent bodily injury.
If a deadly weapon is alleged to have been used or the victim is alleged to have suffered serious bodily injury, you could be charged with aggravated assault, a second degree felony.
Assault (Class A)
If a person is convicted of a Class A misdemeanor, he or she can be sentenced to up to a year in jail, and/or a fine of up to $4,000. A defendant may still qualify for probation.
Aggravated Assault (2nd degree felony)
A second-degree felony is punishable by between two and 20 years behind bars, and/or up to a $10,000 fine. A defendant may still qualify for probation.
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Defenses to Assault
Just because you have been arrested for assault, does not mean you are guilty. Sometimes you may be faced with a situation where you had to fight in order to defend yourself, your friends, or your loved ones. If you hire an attorney like Jorge Vela, here are some of the defenses that he can use to fight for you.
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If you or a loved one has been accused of an assaultive offense, contact The Law Office of Jorge Vela today for a free consultation.
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