Aggravated Assault Lawyer – Brett Podolsky
A charge of aggravated assault in Houston can have devastating consequences on the life of the accused. A conviction of a violent crime carries harsh penalties such as prison time, fines, restrictions on government funds such as financial aid for college, and the loss of rights to own weapons. Aggravated assault charges include:
- Class A assault
- Aggravated assault with serious bodily injury
- Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon:
All too often, an aggravated assault charge occurs during accidental or unintentional situations. Charges sometimes result under conditions in which the defendant feels the need to defend himself or a loved one. Whatever the circumstances surrounding your charge of aggravated assault, it is important to hire a skilled and experienced criminal attorney to aggressively protect your legal rights and your future.
Punishments for Aggravated Assault
A charge of aggravated assault is tried in a Texas court of law as a felony and the punitive action is determined by the severity of the case. If the accused is convicted of inflicting bodily harm to the victim, or using a deadly weapon, a conviction results in a second degree felony and a prison sentence of two to 20 years. The most severe cases, which involve aggravated assault against a family member with a deadly weapon, or an attack on a public servant or witness, are considered first degree felonies and are punishable up to 99 years in prison. Additionally, a fine of up to $10,000 may be adjudicated for each conviction.
Defending Aggravated Assault Cases
A skilled criminal defense attorney can analyze your case and determine the best defense strategy to protect your rights including:
- Self-defense: The amount of force rendered must be equal to the force inflicted upon the defendant during the act.
- The defense of others: The defendant must demonstrate the counter force used against the plaintiff was “reasonable” as a means to protect another person.
- Prevention of a crime: Using force as a means in preventing a crime may be a defense if the force used is proportionate to the violence used by the plaintiff.
- Defense of property: In certain situations, it is legal to use force to protect your property.
Contact a Houston Aggravated Assault Attorney
An experienced criminal lawyer understands that there are two sides to every story. He will work tirelessly to get your charges dismissed or reduced. He will stand by you, evaluate every detail of your case, and prepare an aggressive defense.
Contact attorney Brett A. Podolsky at 713-227-0087 today for a free consultation.