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Aggravated assault charges in Texas carry severe criminal penalties upon conviction. If you have been arrested or charged with this type of crime, it takes a strong, tenacious lawyer with extensive experience in handling criminal matters to ensure your rights and freedoms are protected. At Scott M. Brown & Associates, our League City criminal defense lawyers provide the exact type of professional, aggressive legal representation you need in these situations. We can begin work immediately, investigating your case and gathering the evidence needed to avoid a criminal conviction and potential jail time.
Under Chapter 22 of the Texas Criminal Code, assault charges are a very serious matter. They can result from any type of physical altercation or as the result of threats made against another person. Aggravated assault is among the most serious of these charges and carries some of the most potentially severe penalties.
Texas law defines aggravated assault as causing serious bodily injury to another or when a deadly weapon is a part of an attack. A ‘deadly weapon’ can be considered as anything capable of causing severe and potentially life threatening injuries. This includes the following:
- A pistol, handgun, rifle, or other firearms;
- Various types of knives, ornamental swords, or daggers;
- Billy clubs, brass knuckles, and nunchucks;
- Metal pipes or chains;
- Sports equipment, such as baseball bats or golf clubs;
- Any other type of object that can be thrown or used to strike another.
The weapon itself does not need to have been used in the attack. Simply having it on you and within view during an altercation is enough to result in aggravated assault charges.
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In League City, Texas, aggravated assault cases are prosecuted through the Galveston County Criminal court. Your arrest may occur either at the scene or as the result of a warrant at your home or other location. An arraignment hearing will be held, during which you are permitted to enter a plea, followed by a preliminary hearing, at which the judge will decide on whether the evidence against you warrants the charges.
At Scott M. Brown & Associates, we strongly recommend contacting our office as early as possible in this process. The sooner our League City criminal defense lawyers get to work on your case, the sooner we can begin gathering evidence to dispute your charges. Delays or attempting to represent yourself increases the likelihood of a conviction. Potential penalties you may end up facing for aggravated assault charges include:
- Fines and court costs of up to $10,000 or more;
- A mandatory minimum jail sentence of up to 5 years;
- A maximum sentence of between 10 to 99 year in the state penitentiary.
When your rights and freedoms are in jeopardy, our criminal defense lawyers provide the tough, tenacious legal representation you need. Reach out and contact Scott M. Brown & Associates to request a consultation today to discuss your case and how we can assist you.