Skilled legal team protects the rights of the accused
Texas is tough on crime. While all states have criminal statues regarding a number of acts that are considered illegal, Texas has strict penalties for drug offenses and it regularly imposes the death penalty. If you or a loved one has been charged with drug possession, theft, assault and battery, sexual assault or another crime, having a qualified criminal defense attorney by your side will make all the difference in the outcome of your case. The experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Law Office of Kyle Whitaker in Southlake has in-depth knowledge of Texas criminal law and are skilled at defending those accused.
Texas has severe penalties for drug possession; if you have been charged, it is important to know your rights and understand the consequences if convicted. Texas law classifies controlled substances into four categories, each with their own set of penalties based on the type of drug as well as the amount involved. Marijuana has a separate classification with its own penalties.
Assault and battery
Both assault and battery are considered intentional actions. Assault is considered threatening another individual with imminent bodily harm; battery is the actual bodily contact. Some states treat assault and battery as two separate crimes; Texas considers the components of the crimes to be the same but classifies them with different degrees of the offense.
Domestic violence is considered using force in domestic situations that results in bodily injury, threatens to cause bodily injury, or results in any form of physical contact the other individual can consider offensive or provocative. In Texas, domestic violence laws apply to spouses, those in dating relationships, those sharing the same residence, blood relatives, and other relatives, including foster parents and children.
Texas takes sexual assault crimes seriously. Under Texas law, when an individual knowingly and intentionally commits sexual assault, rape, or any of a number of prohibited sexual activities without the victim’s consent, it is considered sexual assault. If physical violence was threatened or used to compel the victim to submit or participate in the act, then it is considered to be without the victim’s consent. Similarly, if the victim is unable to fully understand the nature of the act being performed or is physically unable to resist, then they are lacking consent. In cases where the defendant is in a position of power or charged with the victim’s care, such as a health care services provider or member of the clergy, it is considered that consent is lacking.
Know your rights – Contact our Southlake criminal lawyers if you have been arrested
The Lone Star state has tough penalties for criminal offenses, including capital punishment. Know your rights. And secure skilled legal counsel to protect those rights and work towards the best possible outcome for your case. The criminal defense lawyers at the Law Office of Kyle Whitaker in Southlake are experienced, knowledgeable, and fierce in fighting on behalf of those accused. If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal offense, don’t delay taking action. Schedule a free confidential consultation by contacting us at 817-332-7703 or online.