Assault crimes are commonly charged and a criminal lawyer is always recommended. Contact a Fort Worth assault lawyer if you have been arrested for assault. Typical assault crimes include Simple Assault, Assault Causing Bodily Injury, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Injury to a Child, or Assault - Family Violence. An assault offense can range from a Class C Misdemeanor (punishable by fine only) to a 1st Degree Felony (punishable by 5-99 years in jail or life). If you have been charged with assault, a Fort Worth assault attorney can advise you of the specific punishment range.
A number of factors go into determining if and how a person is charged. Factors include prior criminal history, severity of injury to the victim, strength of the evidence, and whether the victim wishes to press charges or has completed an Affidavit of Non-Prosecution. An assault lawyer may have an impact on how a case is charged.
Offenses including Family Violence may be subject to what is commonly referred to as a "No Drop Policy." This means that the District Attorney will pursue criminal charges even if the victim does not wish to press charges or has completed an Affidavit of Non-Prosecution. Family Violence may include persons who are related by blood, living in the same residence, married, dating, or even persons who have dated in the past.
Other than the potential for jail and fines, consequences may include completing Batterers Intervention Program (BIP), Anger Control Course (ACC), and/or community service. These can be negotiated by a Fort Worth assault lawyer. A finding of Family Violence may also restrict a person's right to lawfully possess a firearm.
If you have been arrested for assault, we recommend that you consult a criminal defense attorney. Contact the Lankford Law Firm to speak with a Fort Worth assault lawyer that has experience with Assault Causing Bodily Injury, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Injury to a Child, Assault - Family Violence, and other related crimes in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas.