Very little is required for a simple assault to escalate to the level of aggravated assault. According to Title 5, Chapter 22 of the Texas Penal Code, an assault is aggravated if it “causes serious bodily injury to another, including the person’s spouse” or “uses or exhibits a deadly weapon.” In other words, simply brandishing a deadly weapon without using it can lead to aggravated assault charges. Aggravated assault is a felony charge.
A conviction for aggravated assault comes with heightened penalties. Second-degree felony aggravated assault can come with a sentence of two to 20 years in prison. First-degree felony aggravated assault can come with a sentence of five to 99 years in prison. With stakes this high, it is critical that you choose an experienced criminal law attorney.
Knowledgeable In Aggravated Assault Defense Strategies
At the Law Office of Kyle Whitaker, we come to these cases with more than 20 years of experience. We serve people accused of aggravated assault in Fort Worth, Southlake, Tarrant County and statewide. We also defend against related crimes, including domestic violence and deadly misconduct.
There are many defense strategies that can prove effective in these cases, depending on the situation. Who initiated the altercation? Were you simply defending yourself? When the police arrive at the scene of a fight or an assault, they may not take the time to sort out who started it. Even if you were acting in self-defense, you may be arrested. However, we can fight the charges on the basis that you were attempting to defend yourself against harm.
We Will Take Your Case To Trial
Losing this case can result in many years behind bars. The last thing you want is a lawyer who will simply accept the first offer made by the prosecutor. Our team is led by a former prosecutor, so we know the options that are available. We know what to push for, and we know when to fight. We prepare every case for trial.