An assault conviction can limit your job opportunities, affect your community standing, and (perhaps most importantly) cost you your freedom. Blass Law helps those facing assault charges in Harris County. With our team’s help, we can fight for a “not guilty” verdict by crafting a legal argument that applies to your situation. A Houston criminal defense lawyer from Blass Law can begin working on your case today.
Why Hire a Houston, Texas Assault Lawyer to Defend You?
Our law firm have a history of getting our clients’ criminal charges dropped, reduced, or dismissed. We’ve helped our clients fight against capital murder, sexual assault, and drunk driving charges–and that’s just a few examples.
Take a look at what our Houston, Texas assault lawyer can do for you:
We Will Look for Inconsistencies in Witnesses’ Testimony
Prior to trial we will get all of the discovery available, including statements made by others. We can also have those individuals interviewed to clear up any holes in the story.
During your trial, the prosecutor will call on witnesses to give statements regarding the assault. Emotions can run high during this process, but that doesn’t faze us.
We will analyze witnesses’ testimony and search for factual errors, inconsistencies, or just plain lies. Then, during cross-examinations, we can illustrate these issues to the judge and jury.
Our Assault Lawyer in Houston, Texas Will Review the Evidence Against You
The prosecution’s case is only as strong as the evidence against you. If there isn’t compelling evidence, we can likely get a dismissal. We would do this when there’s not enough information to support a conviction.
We will also determine whether anyone improperly collected evidence, including evidence from you. If so, your assault lawyer in Houston, Texas can argue that it’s inadmissible and ask the judge and jury not to consider it.
We Will Defend Your Legal Rights
Prosecutors have one job: to secure “guilty” verdicts. They will use your words against you, utilize improperly collected evidence, or bend the law to cast you in a negative light.
Our Houston, Texas assault lawyer will fight to keep the innocent innocent. Our law firm will use our years of experience and network of resources to protect you against any unfair strategies or tactics.
For a legal consultation with a assault lawyer serving Houston, call 713-225-1900
An Assault Lawyer in Houston, Texas May Use One of These Strategies to Build Your Case
After reviewing your case’s information, we may use one or more of the following strategies to address your criminal charges:
You Acted in Self-Defense
Texas Penal Code § 9.31 says you have the right to defend yourself if another person threatens your safety. There’s a big difference between self-defense and assault; one is your right under state law, the other is a serious offense.
Your Charges Don’t Constitute Assault
Texas Penal Code § 22.01 defines assault as any intentional or reckless action that threatens or harms another’s safety. Our Houston, Texas assault lawyer will evaluate your case to determine whether your actions meet the definition of assault. If, for example, you accidentally hurt someone, this should not jeopardize your freedom and future.
You Didn’t do It
If you didn’t do the crime, you shouldn’t pay the time, just your assault lawyer in Houston, Texas. It’s that simple. Our legal team can review the evidence against you, call on character witnesses, and establish an alibi (if possible) for when the alleged assault happened.
Certain Evidence is Inadmissible
Law enforcement may have collected evidence improperly. For instance, if officers searched your home without a warrant and gathered evidence, this violates the law. Our team can file motions to have any improperly obtained information suppressed from the trial.
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A Conviction Can Result in Jail Time, Fines, and Professional Harm
The consequences of a criminal conviction largely depend on the nature of the alleged offense. You could face anywhere from misdemeanor to felony charges. Here’s a brief outline of assault charges and their possible penalties:
- Class C misdemeanor. A fine of up to $500
- Class B misdemeanor. Up to 180 days in jail and a fine of no more than $2,000
- Class A misdemeanor. Up to a year and jail and a fine of no more than $4,000
- Third-degree felony. Up to 10 years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000
- Second-degree felony. Anywhere from two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000
- First-degree felony. Anywhere from five years to life in prison, plus a fine up to the judge and jury’s discretion
These are just the penalties for assault. If you are charged with another crime in addition to assault, these consequences can jeopardize your ambitions and freedom.
A Conviction does More Than Result in Fines and Jail Time
If convicted, you could face more than jail time and fines. You could also:
- Have problems securing housing or getting loans
- Lose custody of your children
- Have the conviction come up on background checks
- Lose your job or have problems getting a job
- Be denied admission to certain schools and programs
Even just one of these things could impair your quality of life. Our assault lawyers in Houston, Texas doesn’t just fight your charges; we fight any threats to your ambitions, well-being, and safety.
The Different Types of Assault
There are different types of assault charges, and each comes with different implications. They include:
- Aggravated assault. This is intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing serious bodily injury to another person. This includes either the use of a weapon or causing serious bodily injury.
- Assault. Assault is intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury to another. This does not include the use of a weapon and causes non-life-threatening injuries.
- Sexual assault. Examples of sexual assault include groping, rape, molestation, or any sexual act against another person’s will.
- Classic assault. This does not involve bodily harm. Instead, it occurs when a person intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another when the person knows or should reasonably believe that the other will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has a hierarchy ranking crimes based on their severity. Assault is fourth on this list, preceded by robbery, forcible rape, and homicide.
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Our Houston, Texas Assault Lawyer is Ready to Fight Your Assault Charges
When you partner with Blass Law, you partner with our founding attorney, Jay Blass Cohen. Attorney Cohen has years of experience in the courtroom he’s ready to put to work for you.
To explore your options with our law firm serving Harris County, dial (713) 225-1900. Our assault lawyers in Houston, Texas can help with your assault defense case.