What Is Assault?
Assault charges must include one of the following:
- Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily harm
- Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly threatening imminent bodily harm
- Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing physical contact that the defendant knew or should have reasonably believed would be regarded as offensive or provocative
In the context of assault charges, “bodily injury” refers to physical injuries such as cuts and bruises but also to actions that cause physical pain but don’t leave a visible wound, such as slapping or shoving.
Examples of assault that involves threatening bodily harm can include waving your fist at someone but not actually making contact, or pointing a gun at someone whether it is loaded or not.
I’ve been charged with assault. What should I do?
If you’ve been arrested on an assault charge, it’s important that you ask for an attorney right away. Make no statement to the police until you have consulted with an experienced assault attorney.
For most people, there’s an instinct to try to explain what happened, to clarify the situation, to let the police know you aren’t guilty. However, the more you say the more information you are giving to be used against you later. Even if you have not actually committed a crime, you could inadvertently say something that will be used by law enforcement officials to argue that you are guilty.
A criminal defense attorney will discuss with you the circumstances of your case, the laws regarding assault charges in Texas, the possible penalties for an assault conviction. Your attorney will also review the evidence of your case, pursue an investigation on your behalf, and determine the best defense strategy.
Protect Your Future. Get Help From a Former Prosecutor
Lisa Shapiro Strauss is a former prosecutor with almost 15 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney; she understands your case from both sides. She will evaluate every aspect — from witness statements to surveillance videos — to determine the best course of action.
She understands how district attorneys, judges and juries view the evidence and evaluate cases at trial. As your lawyer, you can be sure that Lisa Shapiro Strauss will exhaust all legal tools and resources to ensure your assault charges are kept off your record and don’t harm your future. She has extensive experience negotiating with prosecutors to have clients’ assault charges reduced. She also pursues case dismissals, acquittals and alternative sentencing options.
Her extensive experience extends to representing those charged with:
- Felony assault
- Unlawfully carrying a weapon and other weapons charges
- Assault on a public servant
If you have been charged with assault in Texas, we urge you to contact us today.