Aggravated Assault / Battery
Violent crimes are pursued tenaciously by Texas law enforcement. If accused, a person will have an uphill battle waiting for them during the criminal process. This is especially the case when a serious injury or allegations of the use of a deadly weapon enter the mix.
A situation like this will quickly slip out of your control without the help of a measured and effective legal plan. This can be accomplished by working with a qualified criminal defense attorney who has extensive experience in handling cases of this fragile nature.
Houston Aggravated Assault Attorney
Retaining the counsel of an attorney is paramount in finding a favorable solution to your legal problems. They can organize your case and argue on your behalf in a manner that is both practical and productive. Matt Horak is a Houston criminal defense lawyer who has worked with many individuals and families throughout Southeastern Texas dealing with these serious allegations.
He provides comprehensive legal services that effectively takes control of every aspect of your assault case. This includes interviewing witnesses, collecting relevant evidence and identifying possible procedural flaws by the prosecution and law enforcement. Matt knows that the devil is in the details, making his representation both exhaustive and highly technical. He focuses on the facts of the case, and will provide a defense strategy that protects your name and refutes the specific charges levied against you.
If you have been charged with aggravated assault in Southeast Texas, contact Matt Horak, Attorney at Law immediately. He offers confidential initial consultations so you can discuss the details of your case at no risk. Call (713) 225-8000 or send an online message to set up a meeting with Matt today.
His services cover the entire Greater Houston area, which includes The Woodlands, Katy, Galveston, Pearland, League City, Spring, Tomball, Cypress, Missouri City, Sugar Land, Bellaire, Pasadena, Humble, Cinco Ranch and Cloverleaf, among many others.
Aggravated Assault under Texas Law
The state of Texas does not differentiate between assault and battery in the criminal statutes. These violent acts are lumped together as assault charges. The offense of assault can be upgraded to aggravated assault depending on the circumstances of the situation. According to §22.02 of the Texas Penal Code, a person is guilty of aggravated assault or battery if the individual:
- Causes serious bodily injury to another; or
- Uses or exhibits a deadly weapon during the commission of the assault.
In general, aggravated assault is considered a felony of the second degree. The penalty for such charge varies, but the presumptive sentence is between 2 and 20 years in state prison. This may include a fine not to exceed $10,000.
The aggravated assault charge can be increased to a first-degree felony if the person:
- Uses a deadly weapon during the commission of the assault and causes serious bodily injury to a family member, foster child or parent, guardian, member of a household or someone you are in a dating relationship with;
- Uses a deadly weapon against an individual they know is a public servant, while the public servant is lawfully discharging an official duty, or in retaliation, or on account of an exercise of official power;
- Uses a deadly weapon in retaliation against or on account of the service of another persona as a witness, informant or person who has reported the occurrence of a crime;
- Uses a deadly weapon against a person the actor knows is a security officer while the officer is performing his or her duty; or
- Is a public servant and commits an assault with a deadly weapon while representing their organization.
A first-degree felony conviction can lead to very harsh sentencing. The presumptive consequences of this conviction can include between 5 and 99 years in prison, along with the possibility of fines reaching $10,000.
Horak Law | Harris County Aggravated Assault Arrest Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been charged with aggravated assault in Texas, the time to take legal action is now. With all that is on the line, most importantly your freedom, this is not the time to drag your feet. Meeting these allegations head-on and proactively defending your name in court is essential in coming to a favorable verdict.
Matt Horak has based his practice around helping individuals and families who do not have the legal resources or understanding to represent themselves. The criminal procedure, particularly for a serious felony, can be intimidating, stressful and complicated. Because of this, Matt will take control of your case and make certain that you are well taken care of. His dedication to protecting the rights of this clients while also providing a high level of communication allows Matt to keep you informed on your case proceeding whiles taking every precaution necessary to be sure that the justice system is treating you fairly throughout the entire process.
Matt Horak's area of representation includes Harris County, Montgomery County, Fort Bend County, Waller County, Liberty County, Galveston County and Brazoria County. To schedule a consultation to discuss your case with Matt Horak, please call (713) 225-8000 or send an online message today. Committed to a quick response, as soon as Matt has the details of your case in front of him, he will immediately get started working towards a solution to your legal problems.