Assault and Battery

Dallas Assault and Battery Defense Attorneys

Once assault and battery charges have been filed against you, the prosecutor will be doing everything he or she can to gather evidence that will substantiate your alleged guilt. With that in mind, you will need to do everything you can to protect your rights and your future right now, while you still have the chance to do so.

If you have been charged with assault and battery, the Dallas assault and battery attorneys with the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter can help you develop a comprehensive legal strategy capable of challenging each and every aspect of the charges that have been brought against you.

Defending Against Assault and Battery in Dallas

While the possible consequences of a conviction will be frightening, you need to remember that you still have the chance to defend yourself. Before you may ever be convicted, Dallas prosecutors will need to demonstrate that you committed an action that meets any of the following criteria beyond any reasonable doubt:

  • That was intended to cause bodily harm to another
  • The was intended to threaten another person with bodily harm
  • That intentionally caused physical contact with another person that would be perceived as provocative or offensive

Our Dallas legal team may do everything they can to help you challenge every aspect of your charges in an effort to reduce or altogether eliminate your charges.

Consult with an Assault and Battery Attorney in Dallas

At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, our Dallas assault and battery attorneys know just how much will be on the line throughout every stage of the legal process; we may do everything we possibly can to help you protect your future. To discuss the particulars of your charges with one of our Dallas criminal defense attorneys, please call our Dallas offices at (214) 845-7007.

Assault and Battery FAQs

Is there a difference between assault and battery?

In some states, there is a difference between assault and battery, and each are treated differently in the legal system. In other states however, assault and battery are considered the same crime, with different degrees of penalties depending on the circumstances. In the state of Texas, only assault crimes exist in court, although the crime is still sometimes colloquially referred to as assault and battery. Many states make the distinction of “assault” as the threat of bodily harm and “battery” as the actual physical harm. Texas also makes this distinction between threat and harm but in terms of assault, designating the threat of harm as “simple assault.” For more information about the different levels of assault and battery and how the crime is classified in Texas, please contact any of our qualified Dallas assault and battery criminal defense attorneys at (214) 845-7007 today.

What is aggravated assault?

Aggravated assault refers to assault that either “causes serious bodily injury to another,” or “uses or exhibits a deadly weapon under the commission of the assault,” according to Texas Penal Code Section 22.02. Aggravated assault is generally classified as a second degree felony, but can be increased to a first degree felony if the assault is committed against someone you have a domestic relationship with or if the crime is committed against a public servant. Aggravated assault charges are more serious than typical assault charges and carry with them heavier penalties, fines, and jail time, making it vital for those accused to seek out experienced and aggressive legal counsel. For more information about our attorneys and how we can help, or to have any questions answered, please contact Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 today.

What are the various penalties for assault?

The penalties for assault in Texas depend on the circumstances and extent of the crime committed. The penalties range from a class C misdemeanor for those who commit simple assault and only threaten their victim, to a 1st degree felony if the assault is aggravated and committed in a domestic context or against a public servant. The penalties associated with these charges range from fines of a few hundred dollars to several years in prison. Because of the potentially severe consequences that can arise from an assault conviction, it is imperative to have a skilled and aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side to fight to get your charges dropped or reduced. For more information about our attorneys and services, please contact Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 today.