Charged with Assault or Battery?

Dallas Criminal Attorney Christy Harris Can Help

Photo of a cop crossingAssault and battery can be serious offenses under Texas law with significant penalties. The prosecutor can bring charges of both assault and battery as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the facts of the case and the severity of the victim’s injuries. As a result, you should not take these criminal charges lightly, or assume that you can handle the situation on your own. Instead, turn to former prosecutor and Dallas criminal defense attorney Christy Harris who focuses her criminal defense practice throughout the communities in Dallas. With Dallas criminal lawyer Christy Harris on your side, you can learn about your legal rights, explore your options and develop the best defense strategy for your situation.

Distinguishing Between Assault and Battery under Texas Law

The crime of Assault occurs when you attempt to injure another person using force or violence, or you intentionally place another person in fear of suffering such harm. On the other hand, Texas law defines Battery as offensive or harmful physical contact with another person. In many cases, Battery results in actual physical harm to another person. However, in other cases, Battery simply involves offensive touching that the person does not want to occur.

Criminal Penalties for Assault and Battery under Texas Law

Various factors help determine whether an Assault or Battery charge is a misdemeanor or a felony, and, therefore, the severity of the penalty imposed. The circumstances that led to the incident at issue, the seriousness of the victim’s injuries, the involvement of a deadly weapon, the nature of the victim and the motivation behind the incident all contribute to the determination of the appropriate sentence for an Assault or Battery charge. For instance, if an Assault proves to be a hate crime, or involves attempted injury to a young child, the prosecutor may file more serious charges than in a simple Assault case.

Additional Penalties for Assault and Battery

Depending on the situation, incidents that constitute Assault and/or Battery may involve civil penalties, as well. For instance, a domestic violence situation may result not only in criminal Battery charges, but also in a civil protective order, which can significantly limit your freedom and activities. Imposition of a civil protective order also can impair your ability to carry or purchase a gun. Furthermore, an incident that causes serious injuries to the victim may subject you to a civil lawsuit for the purposes of recouping the financial costs of the injuries, such as medical bills.

A conviction for Assault or Battery can have significant, life-altering consequences, including financial liability, a permanent black mark on your criminal history, restriction on free movement and even loss of freedom. Do not put yourself at risk for these serious penalties by attempting to resolve the charges yourself. Rather, place yourself in the best possible position for defending yourself against Assault or Battery charges by getting the assistance of Dallas criminal attorney Christy Harris. For more information about your defense to Assault or Battery charges, contact the Law Office of Christine Harris today.

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