Recently charged with assault? You’re probably feeling confused, scared, irritated, or generally uncertain about how to proceed.
Fortunately, while getting charged with assault can be a serious consequence, there are several legal steps you can take to protect yourself.
Information is key, and we’re here to break down exactly what you can do if you’ve been charged with assault.
Know the Types of Assault Charges
First things first, you need to understand that each state has its own penal codes. In Texas, assault charges vary depending on the particular crime.
There are three factors to consider:
- Intentionally causing bodily injury to another person
- Intentionally threatening someone with bodily injury
- Intentionally causing offensive physical content
After this, you need to know the various levels of assault factors.
For example, a simple assault resulting in minor injuries may be classified as a Class A misdemeanor. However, a simple assault that only involved perceived threat or touching might be considered a class C misdemeanor.
Does all of this seem confusing? It certainly can be. This brings us to our next step.
Because there are so many factors involved in being charged with an assault, you need an aggressive and competent defense attorney.
Your defense attorney can help represent your case, lessen your sentence, and work with the court to change potential consequences. Your attorney will also help you if you are being unfairly framed or tried.
Attorneys ensure that all evidence and statements receive proper documentation and timely submission to the court. They also will help you prepare for your own testimonies when being questioned under oath.
You probably already know that having an assault charge on your record can entirely ruin your future and make finding a job significantly harder.
Our best words of advice: don’t take any chances!
Stay Out of More Trouble
This might seem like a no-brainer if you’ve been charged with assault, but you absolutely do not want to be getting in any more trouble with the law during this time.
What does this mean for you? Play nicely with the law.
No speeding. No illicit substance use. No unpaid tickets.
While this might seem like overkill, you don’t want the court to have any more reason to be suspicious of your actions.
Show Up At All Times
If you do need to show up in court, make sure you arrive in a timely manner. Dress professionally and formally.
No t-shirts, no jeans, and definitely no sweatpants!
If you’re being charged with assault, you also want to present yourself in a calm and non-threatening manner. Be friendly, polite, and be sure to keep your cool. You don’t want to give off the wrong impression from the start!
Final Thoughts for Being Charged with Assault
Even though it may feel scary, the attorneys at Vinas & Graham have decades of experience in helping people of all backgrounds with their assault charges.
If you’ve been charged, please contact us today!
We promise to give you the help you need.