Tarrant County Aggravated Assault Defense Lawyers
Assault is a wide-ranging criminal offense in Texas. It can cover every criminal level Texas has—from Class C Misdemeanor Assault by Contact to First Degree Felony Aggravated Assault. This means you need criminal defense attorneys skilled enough to handle the entire spectrum.
“I am an attorney, so when I was accused of a crime, the stakes were high and only the best would do. I was lucky enough to know about Mr. Sellers and his stellar reputation in the criminal defense business. Frank aggressively represented me and ultimately, the charges against me were completely dismissed. Also, I’ve referred a friend accused of a VERY serious crime to Frank and he was able to work with the prosecutor’s office to avoid any charges being filed against my friend.”
Fort Worth Assault Attorneys
To properly defend an assault charge, you need proven experience. Assault convictions can carry many collateral consequences aside from just a conviction. For instance, you could lose your right to own a firearm, among others. The lawyers at Westfall Sellers are concerned about all consequences, both direct and collateral.
Our lawyers have handled every type of assault charge, including:
- Assault by Contact (Class C)
- Assault Bodily Injury
- Assault Causing Serious Bodily Injury
- Assault Family Violence
- Assault Family Violence Impeding the Breath or Blood flow
- Assault Family Violence with a Previous Conviction
- Assault Family Violence Impeding the Breath or Blood flow with a Previous Conviction
- Assault of a Public Servant
- Aggravated Assault
- Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon
- Aggravated Assault of a Public Servant with a Deadly Weapon
Not only have we handled every type of charge, but we have done it successfully. We have won Not Guilty verdicts at trial, stopped the process altogether by convincing prosecutors to dismiss assault cases, and used pretrial investigation to persuade grand juries to reject cases without an indictment. The Tarrant County criminal defense lawyers at Westfall Sellers will work to help you avoid the consequences of an assault conviction.
Why Hire Westfall Sellers
Assault charges are serious, and the consequences of a conviction can span far beyond the sentence you receive in court. Who you choose to defend you against these charges is vital, and not just any law firm is capable of fighting for you to the extent your case may require.
See why our team delivers strong results and quality defense to our clients accused of assault:
Many lawyers claim to offer aggressive defense despite never having been to court. Our assault lawyers have fought and won at trial, and know what it takes to present your case effectively to a jury.
Collaboration with an in-house investigator
We don’t just fight the allegations; working with our own investigator, we search for the full truth to help you build the strongest case possible against assault allegations.
Highly respected in our field
Westfall Sellers are the defense attorneys other lawyers turn to when they need defense.
Law of Assault and Aggravated Assault in Texas
Assault can be as simple as an unwanted touching of another person, or as serious as a shooting and even death. Sometimes simply exposing a gun can lead to a felony aggravated assault charge. Previous assault convictions can be used to enhance new assault allegations. Each case presents new and unique facts, and there is no simple cookie-cutter defense. Too often defense lawyers will follow the same tired blueprint: read the police report, accept the facts, and talk the client into a plea. This is never enough.
You need a defense lawyer that can think outside of the box, understand weaknesses in the state’s allegations, and use those to your advantage. At Westfall Sellers, our defense lawyers leave no stone unturned in protecting your rights and defending you against assault charges.
Penalties for Simple Assault and Aggravated Assault in Texas
The penalties for simple assault and aggravated assault in Texas can be severe, ranging all the way from fines and probation to as many as 99 years in prison upon conviction. The severity of the penalties varies based on the severity of your accusations — specifically, whether or not you are charged with simple or aggravated assault.
Potential penalties for assault in Texas
Misdemeanor simple assault
While most assault offenses are charged as felonies, acts of simple assault — unwanted and/or offensive physical contact that does not result in injury — are typically charged as misdemeanor unless committed against a public servant or you have previous assault convictions.
If convicted of misdemeanor simple assault in Texas, you could be facing the following penalties:
- Class A misdemeanor – up to one year in jail and/or a fine up to $4000
- Class B misdemeanor – up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine up to $2000
- Class C misdemeanor – a fine up to $500
See Tex. Penal Code Ann. § § 12.21, 12.22, 12.23 for more information.
Felony aggravated assault
Aggravated assault refers to any assault that results in serious bodily injury to another person and/or involves the use or exhibition of a deadly weapon during the commission of the assault. Depending on the nature of the accusation, the target of the assault, and the criminal background of the accused, conviction for felony assault in Texas can result in penalties ranging from a $10,000 fine to a 99 year prison sentence.
If convicted of felony aggravated assault in Texas, you could be facing the following penalties:
- First degree felony – up to 5–99 years or life in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000
- Second degree felony – up to 2–20 years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000
- Third degree felony – up to 2–10 years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000
Defending Assault Family Violence in Tarrant County
The attorneys at Westfall Sellers have handled each and every level of assault in Tarrant County. One type of assault, however, requires a different type of knowledge and expertise — assault family violence. This charge starts as a class A misdemeanor but can be enhanced.
If you have been previously convicted of assault family violence or the state alleges you cut off the breath or blood flow by pressing on the person’s neck, then you will be charged with a third-degree felony. That same charge can turn into a second-degree felony if you have been previously convicted of impeding the breath or blood flow.
Some counties, like Tarrant County, have dedicated courts to specifically handle these types of cases. The prosecutors and judges only work on these types of cases, so it is critical you have a defense lawyer who understands the law at least as well as the other lawyers in the courtroom. That’s why you need the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Westfall Sellers.
Contact Our Experienced Assault Defense Lawyers Today
If you have been arrested for any type of assault it is important that you contact the attorneys at Westfall Sellers immediately to start protecting your rights. Our attorneys offer free consultations. Contact us by calling (817) 928-4222 or by completing our contact form.