Waco Assault Defense Attorney
Protecting Your Legal Rights and Interests
Most people do not start their day planning to be attacked and forced to defend themselves or for an argument to escalate into a physical fight. However, for many people that will be exactly what happens to them on a given day, and some will find themselves in handcuffs. The consequences for being convicted of an assault or related offense can range from incurring expensive criminal fines and restitution orders to being sentenced to years in prison. You can loose licenses and certificates, the right to vote, the right to carry firearms, etc. It all depends on the circumstances, and the circumstances are seldom thoroughly investigated. Your very livelihood will likely come down to whether your attorney has the experience necessary to thoroughly investigate and defend an assault case.
If you’ve been charged with an assault or similar offense, don’t hire just anyone. Hire an attorney who has investigated, prosecuted, and defended hundreds of assault cases. Hire an attorney who holds a Master Peace Officer Certificate, a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice, and two decades of law enforcement and criminal law experience. Our legal team is comprised of respectful, dedicated attorneys who will work tirelessly to defend your legal rights. Don’t trust your very freedom to simply anyone.
For more information about how we can serve you, call us at (866) 251-0624 today.
Comprehensive Representation for Assault Charges
Under the Texas Penal Code, a person is guilty of committing the crime of assault under the following circumstances:
- The person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly caused another person bodily injury. This form of assault is a Class A misdemeanor but can constitute higher felonies under certain circumstances.
- The person intentionally or knowingly threatened another person with imminent bodily injury. This type of assault qualifies as a Class C misdemeanor, but it can be upgraded to a Class A or Class B misdemeanor in certain situations.
- The person intentionally or knowingly caused an offensive or provocative physical contact with another person. This also constitutes a Class C misdemeanor with the possibility of rising to a Class A or Class B misdemeanor.
Class A misdemeanor offenses are punishable by up to $4,000.00 in fines and up to one year in jail. Felony offenses can carry up to a $10,000.00 fine and range from 0-99 years in the state penetentary. More importantly, the “collateral consequences” of the charge can often lead to the loss of licenses, certifications, and ultimately one’s career.
It should be noted, there are a host of specific offenses in the Texas Penal Code that can qualify as an assault but are classified by their own distinct penal codes and definitions. A personal consultation is almost always snecessary to apprise a client of their true rights and risks.
At Blanchard & Thomas, we offer effective criminal defense strategies with the following assault crimes:
- Assault – Family or Dating Violence: An assault that is committed against a person one has dated, been married to, or shares a household with. The penalty is enhanced when an assault is committed against people in one of those protected groups.
- Aggravated assault: An assault that was committed with a deadly weapon or otherwise resulted in serious bodily injury.
- Injury to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual: An assault committed against a child, elderly person, or disabled individual is a specific crime that can qualify as a first, second, or third-degree felony.
Get in Touch with an Assault Defense Lawyer in Waco, TX
At Blanchard & Thomas, we understand the stress that comes with facing a possible jail sentence for committing a crime. Sometimes, prosecutors and law enforcement depend on and utilize that stress to force you to waive your rights. Our legal team is here to take care of the legal strategy and represent your interests against the bullying tactics of the police and prosecutors to help preserve your rights during criminal proceedings.
We serve at the clients’ pleasure. If for any reason whatsoever the client decides he/she is better off with a different attorney or law firm, we will respectfully and professionally do whatever we can to get the new attorney or law firm up to speed and ready to handle the case. We vow to never object to a client’s request to seek alternative counsel, and we promise to return 100% of any unearned advance payments.
We play to win. While we cannot guarantee outcomes in any case, we always do our best to see that our clients come out on top. We want our clients to know without question that their success matters to us more than their payments.
We play hard, we play fast, and we stick to the game plan. We work with every client to develop a strategy most likely to bring about their success. We work hard to ensure the strategy gives our client every advantage possible and their very best chance at success. We then implement that strategy as quickly and efficiently as possible.
We make a commitment to communication. We begin and end many of our days communicating with clients. Our clients can count on us to return phone calls and/or e-mail within 24 hours except in emergencies or during announced absences from the office. We want our clients to always know what we know and vice-versa, and overcome them.
While the attorney client relationship may not always result in friendship, we believe it should always result in mutual respect. We zealously advocate on our clients’ behalf whether we agree with their choices or not. We do not judge our client’s choices; we simply attempt to help them learn from them, live with them, and overcome them.
We build our relationships upon a foundation of total honesty. Absolute honesty allows the client and the attorney to develop trust that will be absolutely critical to success in and out of the courtroom.