San Antonio Assault Lawyer
Were you accused of assault in Texas?
Although the two are often referred to at the same time, assault and battery are actually two different charges. An assault is an intentional act done by an individual that creates an apprehension of imminent threat or danger in another individual. It is the overt threat that harm, pain or injury will occur, without any unlawful physical contact. Battery is the carrying out of that intent by causing physical harm or injury to another individual.
In some cases, individuals can be charged with assault & battery even if they did not cause physical harm or injury. Individuals can also be charged if evidence exists that they did in fact intend to threaten or cause harm to another individual. Intent is the key in assault charges.
If you have been charged with assault or assault & battery, it is strongly advised that you contact a San Antonio criminal attorney immediately. Brandon Hudson and Douglas Daniel at the criminal defense law firm of Daniel & Hudson have over 40 years in practice representing and defending criminal assault cases. We know what it takes to prepare, investigate, evaluate, negotiate, and litigate a successful resolution for our clients in their criminal defense cases. We are on your side and will fight hard for you and your rights.
The Penalties Involved in Assault
An assault charge is often considered a misdemeanor offense and can be punishable by fines, imprisonment, or other harsh penalties. However, the severity of the assault (and/or battery) can move the charge from a misdemeanor offense into a felony offense. For example, an aggravated assault is a felony offense and comes with much harsher punishments. An aggravated assault is committed when an individual intends to do more than simply create a fear or apprehension of imminent danger.
Common types of aggravated assaults include the intent to rob, rape or kill. An assault with a deadly weapon is considered an aggravated assault only if there is intent to impose serious harm on another person. Simply pointing a weapon at an individual to scare them, while still being classified as an assault, would not be considered an aggravated assault. We understand being charged with a crime can weigh heavily on both you and your family. That is why we are here to work with you during this difficult time and provide you with the strong criminal defense representation you need.
Contact our firm today for representation!