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Assault and battery are among the most common violent crimes with which defendants are charged. If you have been accused of Assault or Battery, The Carlson Law Firm’s Texas Assault and Battery lawyers are prepared to provide you with the defense you need. Depending on the seriousness of the charge, your penalties can range from minor to very severe. If you have been arrested for such charges, it is important to get the help of an attorney who knows how to handle criminal offenses.

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What Is Assault?

Texas law defines assault as intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly:

Causing bodily injury to another person, including the person’s spouse
Threatening someone with imminent bodily injury, including the person’s spouse
Causing physical contact with another when the person knows or should reasonably believe that the other will regard the contact as offensive or provocative

What Is Battery?

Battery, by contrast, is a charge of actual, harmful physical touching. There is no particular severity of harm required to qualify as battery, though many states and localities have an “aggravated battery” statute to cover particularly severe cases.

Penalties for Assault in Texas

While a first-time simple assault charge might not result in a prison sentence, most convictions will include jail time. The specific sentence will be determined by a number of factors, including:

Your past criminal history, if any
The laws of your jurisdiction
The severity of the incident in question
The quality of your legal representation

If a deadly weapon was used, the penalties will likely be much higher. The stakes significantly rise and you could even face second-degree felony charges for this act.

There's a Carlson Law Firm Near You

With 12 locations throughout Texas, there’s a Carlson Law Firm near you. We have law offices located in Killeen, Temple, Waco, Round Rock, Austin, San Antonio, Laredo, Bryan, Lubbock, and Corpus Christi.

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