Assault

Houston Assault Defense Attorneys

Understanding Assault Laws in Texas

According to the Texas Penal Code, a person commits the crime of assault if they:

  1. Purposefully, knowingly, or recklessly cause a person to suffer bodily injury, including the person's spouse;
  2. Purposefully, knowingly, or recklessly threaten another person with imminent bodily injury, including the person's spouse; or
  3. Purposefully or knowingly makes physical contact with another person, and they know or should reasonably know that the other person will interpret the contact as being offensive or provocative.

When the Wrong Person is Arrested for Assault

When the police arrive at the scene of an alleged assault offense, they frequently arrest the wrong person. After all, they were not there when the assault was committed, in most cases, and therefore they make their decision of who to arrest based on how the situation looks when they show up, as well as by weighing the on-the-scene testimony of the participants and any other witnesses. As a result, they often make mistakes.

For example, after seeing that one person is bleeding, has several bruises and a dislocated nose, they might arrest the other person, when in fact the second person was actually acting in self-defense. Similarly, they might make the arrest based on the statements of the majority of those who witnessed a fight, not knowing that these people are on the side of the alleged victim who was actually the aggressor. Whether or not you have been falsely accused of this violent crime, it is vital that you take action now by hiring a criminal defense attorney in Houston who can fight the charges and seek to clear your name.

Need a lawyer for assault charges in Houston, TX?

When we represent a client on charges of assault, we place the burden of proof squarely on the prosecutor to prove that our client was not acting in self-defense. By claiming that you were protecting yourself or another person against threats or an attack, it may be possible to demonstrate that your use of force was justified.

Under the Texas Stand Your Ground law, you do not have to retreat from an attack but are legally allowed to protect yourself against an attacker. Claiming self-defense is only one of many strategies that can be used in defense against assault charges, and when you contact us at Guerra & Farah, PLLC we will take the time to review all your options. We represent clients facing misdemeanor simple assault charges, felony aggravated assault charges and other types of violent crimes, and we are ready to take immediate action on your case.

Contact an Houston criminal defense lawyer at Guerra & Farah, PLLC today to enlist the powerful representation you need!

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