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Assault & Battery Charges

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In the state of Texas, violent crimes involving harm to another person, or even simply a threat of harm, are prosecuted harshly. If you were arrested for assault and battery, police and prosecutors are building a case right now to punish you for wrongdoing. You need the help of an experienced Sugar Land violent crime lawyer to avoid facing lifelong consequences. At Capetillo Law Firm, my team and I understand the difficulty of your situation. We are here to help you tell your side of the story and protect your future.

Call (346) 220-3404 to schedule your free initial case evaluation with our firm. You can also contact Capetillo Law Firm online.

Texas Laws Regarding Violent Crimes

In order to keep peace in our community, we expect to remain free from threats and acts of physical harm. To threaten another person is called assault, while actually harming them is called battery.

Penalties for these acts depend on whether or not harm occurred, such as:

  • Assault – Knowingly threatening someone with violence in such a way that they fear being injured. This penalty is elevated when the threat is directed toward someone for their performance, such as an athlete during a game. Assault is treated as a misdemeanor.
  • Battery – Causing bodily harm. If there are no other factors present, it remains a misdemeanor, but it becomes a felony when the victims are family members, public servants, emergency personnel, or if the harm was intended to suffocate someone.
  • Aggravated assault – This occurs when a weapon is used or if the battery results in serious injury. This is treated as a first-degree felony.

Criminal Penalties

When a person commits these acts, they are regarded as more dangerous and are penalized accordingly. Misdemeanors can result in jail time and fines of up to $4,000. Felonies, on the other hand, are prosecuted more severely. Along with fines of up to $10,000 or more, prison sentencing can put a convicted criminal away for many years. First degree felonies can be sentenced up to life in prison.

How Capetillo Law Firm Can Help

These situations are serious. If you have been arrested, you need the help of an attorney who can demonstrate why you acted this way. Reasons could include protection of self, people around you, or personal property. Sometimes people even sue for assault and battery after they agreed willingly to participate in a fight. In any case, scheduling a free consultation with our firm can help you make the best of your situation.

Do not try to fight your charges alone. Call (346) 220-3404 today to get started building your criminal defense.

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