Assault is a wide-ranging crime in Texas. However, an assault conviction may lead to a number of consequences in Texas.
Here are some common questions asked in assault cases.
Self-defense is a defense to any type of assault charged. If you are defending yourself or a third party from an attack, you may be entitled to use self-defense.
Of course, there are limits to this defense. You must believe force is immediately necessary to protect yourself from attack. In other words, the threat must be imminent. A perceived threat in the future will not meet the self-defense test.
However, the threat in question can be verbal, as long as it puts the intended victim in an immediate fear of physical harm.
A person can be justified in the use of deadly force if they believe deadly force is about to be used on them.
You can easily make mistakes in an assault case. One the gravest is to answer all police questions. This can unwittingly incriminate you.
Often the police will take an answer out of context or use it to corroborate other evidence to make the case stronger against the defendant.
Another major mistake is to rush to plead guilty to get an assault behind you or to fail to hire an expert Texas assault attorney from the outset.
Other serious mistakes include contacting the injured party, violating protective orders or posting details of a case on social media.
A judge may automatically issue a restraining order, particularly in domestic violence cases. In some cases, it is requested. The court will often enter a protective order. The court may order that the defendant does not have any contact with the alleged injured party or complaining witness as a condition of the bond.
It’s usually a good idea to direct an assault defendant to counseling or anger management. Clients are often advised by their attorney to seek this out before they are ordered to do so by the court in an attempt to help their case. If a defendant shows a desire to work on his or her issues, this can put the defendant in a more favorable light with a judge or a jury.
If you have been charged with assault, call our Tarrant County criminal defense lawyers.