Fort Worth Criminal Defense Attorney Justin Sparks
Aggravated assault charges are pressed if you cause serious bodily injury to another or use a deadly weapon in an otherwise simple assault. Aggravated assault by way of deadly conduct is a class A misdemeanor, while all other cases can result in a felony.
If you are convicted of aggravated assault in Dallas or Fort Worth, you could be facing a sentence of two years to life in the Texas penitentiary, and a monetary fine of up to $10,000.
Previous assault charges on your record could intensify the penalties you face if the previous charges were not eligible for expunction. The Dallas and Tarrant County law enforcement agencies will spare no expense during the investigation in order to obtain evidence and a conviction against you.
Felony Assault in Dallas/Fort Worth
Class A Misdemeanor
Deadly Conduct: recklessly discharging a firearm at or in the direction of another person or habitation, building, or vehicle
Up to one year in jail and/or a fine up to $4,000
2nd Degree Felony
Causing serious bodily injury or exhibiting a deadly weapon during the commission of an assault.
Up to a $10,000 fine and/or a prison sentence of 2-20 years
1st Degree Felony
Using a deadly weapon which causes serious bodily injury or death to a family member, public servant, security guard, emergency services worker, or witness to a crime; or, discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle at an occupied building and causes serious bodily injury to an occupant of the building.
A prison sentence of 5 years to life, and a fine up to $10,000
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT DEFENSE
The facts of your case, availability of witnesses to testify on your behalf, and results of the pre-trial investigation will ultimately dictate the outcome of your case. Key defenses in an aggravated assault case include:
Self defense of yourself or another person. If you or someone else felt reasonably threatened by another individual, it can be easy to articulate your reason for assaulting him/her.
The victim consented to fight. Whether in a ring or on the street, proving that the other person wished to fight can get your aggravated assault charges dismissed.
Defense of property. Proving that another person intended to destroy, defile, or steal your property can help to get your aggravated assault charges dismissed.
Even if you don’t fit into one of the above defenses or it isn’t possible to get the charges dismissed, the attorneys at Justin Sparks Law Firm can help you work towards a brighter result. If dismissal is not an option, our team works to reduce your charges, get you placed on deferred adjudication, probation, or minimize the amount of time spent in county jail, state jail, or prison.
Contact a Fort Worth Criminal Defense Attorney
The Sparks Law Firm works with the best investigators and experts to make sure you have the highest quality defense. Justin Sparks takes the time to research and explain all your options and works to help you achieve the best possible outcome. Call 817-334-0300 to set up a free consultation.
Justin Sparks has been defending clients across Fort Worth and Dallas for over ten years. Our firm helps you through the criminal process, from investigation to appeals, if need be. Free consultations for all new cases.