Assault With Bodily Injury
Assault With Bodily Injury Defense
If you’ve just been arrested for Assault With Bodily Injury in Travis County, you probably have a thousand questions racing through your mind. What can I do now? What is the process? Will I go back to jail?
You need experienced Austin assault attorneys who understand the Travis County court system inside and out. We zealously represent your rights throughout this process and answer all the questions you have along the way.
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What is Assault With Bodily Injury?
Assault with Bodily Injury in Texas refers to a type of assault where the offender intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another person. Bodily injury can be anything that causes pain, even if there is no lasting damage or any visible mark or injury. This means that slapping someone, causing them pain, could result in an assault with bodily injury charge, even if there is no bruise or other mark left on the person.
The Texas Penal Code §22.01 defines assault and outlines various scenarios under which someone can be charged. The specific section that details assault causing bodily injury reads:
(a) A person commits an offense if the person:
(1) intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another, including the person's spouse;
It's important to note that there are enhanced charges and penalties if the assault is against certain protected classes, such as a family member, public servant, or if the person has previous convictions.
What are the consequences of Assault With Bodily Injury in Texas?
Penalties can vary depending on the specifics of the situation, but generally, assault causing bodily injury is classified as a Class A misdemeanor in Texas. This can result in up to one year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $4,000. However, the penalties can be more severe under certain conditions, such as if it's deemed a domestic violence case, if the victim is a public servant, or based on the defendant's prior record.
Contact The Law Office of Charlie Roadman to handle your Texas Assault With Bodily Injury Case
Hiring a lawyer for an assault with bodily injury case in Texas (or for any criminal case, for that matter) is crucial for several reasons:
Understanding the Law: Texas law can be intricate, with nuances and specifics that laypeople might not understand. Our lawyers know the Texas Penal Code and relevant case law and can provide guidance on how it applies to your specific situation.
Protection of Rights: Our lawyers ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal process. This includes making sure law enforcement does not violate your rights, such as the right to remain silent or the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.
Negotiation Skills: If there's potential for a plea bargain or reduced sentence, our experienced lawyers can negotiate with the prosecutor on your behalf.
Evidence Evaluation: Our lawyers will evaluate the evidence against you, challenge its admissibility in court, and potentially uncover exculpatory evidence that might exonerate or favor you.
Trial Experience: If your case goes to trial, you'll want someone experienced to represent you. Courtroom procedures can be complex, and hiring us ensures you present the best possible defense.
Understanding the Consequences: Beyond just the immediate criminal penalties, a conviction can have long-term consequences, such as impacting employment opportunities, professional licenses, and even child custody matters. We can advise you about these potential outcomes and work to mitigate negative consequences.
WHEN SHOULD I HIRE AN ATTORNEY?
Immediately. An attorney should be working on your case right away. We want to talk to witnesses as soon as possible and protect any evidence that will help the case. Hiring an attorney is also a good way to alleviate the stress and anxiety that comes with being arrested.
CAN An assault CHARGE BE DISMISSED?
Yes, but it depends on the circumstances of the arrest and what you are willing to do while the case is pending. We have negotiated hundreds of dismissals in Travis County using our knowledge and experience of what works in Austin. In order to help us get the best result, we will create a customized Action Plan for you.
ONE OF MY FRIENDS/FAMILY WAS ARRESTED FOR assault. WILL THEY GET OUT OF JAIL AUTOMATICALLY?
No. They must qualify for a personal bond. And even if they do qualify, it can take 24 hours or more to be released. We can speed up the process significantly. And trust us, everyone wants out of jail as soon as possible. HERE IS MORE INFO ON JAIL RELEASES.