Assault convictions carry serious penalties and consequences – ones you want to avoid. Thankfully, you have Constitutional Rights – and with a lawyer who knows Texas assault law inside and out, you should be able to save your criminal record. Peveto Law has had particular luck with getting assault charges dismissed or greatly reduced in Collin County and Dallas. Remember, for you to be guilty, the State has to prove it – beyond a reasonable doubt. If you have been arrested on assault charges in Plano, McKinney, Frisco or Dallas, contact Collin County assault lawyer Andrew Peveto today to discuss the merits of your case.
Assault Charges in Texas. Texas assault charges are codified under Chapter 22 of the Texas Penal Code. That law provides that a person commits criminal assault if he or she:
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly caused bodily injury to another person, or
- Intentionally or knowingly threatened another person with imminent bodily injury, or
- Intentionally or knowingly caused physical contact with another person in a way that may be considered provocative or offensive.
Domestic Assault | Family Violence
A standard assault charge for “causing bodily injury” to a stranger is a Class A misdemeanor. Domestic Assault/Family Violence charges are Class A misdemeanors also under Texas law – unless, that is, your domestic assault charge becomes enhanced to a felony assault. Why? Because of a prior family violence conviction or plea of guilt. Strangely – a prior plea of guilty to a domestic violence charge “courts against you” even if you received deferred adjudication and the case was dismissed!
- Assault – Family Violence (misdemeanor enhancement). Texas assault laws provide charge enhancements for repeat offenders of family violence. You cannot remove an assault / family violence charge off of your record once you plead guilty - even if you received deferred adjudication.
Free Consultation With DFW Assault Attorney
If you have been arrested for assault in the DFW area, you should consult with a reputable criminal defense attorney regarding the specifics of your case. Attorney Andrew Peveto has a track record of negotiating conditional dismissals, reductions to Class C misdemeanors with deferred adjudication, and achieving other favorable results (including “not guilty” verdicts at trial) in Collin County and Dallas County. Contact us today for a free consultation at (972) 339-8033 (offices in McKinney and Plano).