Defending Against Assault Charges
Texas assault laws can range from Class C misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. No matter which charge you are facing, a conviction will have a negative effect on your future and your reputation. With so much at stake, you need to work with a proven trial attorney like Keith Gore.
A criminal defense attorney serving in Collin County and across North Texas for nearly 20 years, Keith Gore takes a personalized approach to every single case, exploring every possible defense to your case. A former prosecutor and judge, you will work with an attorney who understands the system and how to achieve a positive outcome.
What Assault Means Under Texas Law
While some states have assault and battery laws, in Texas, the violations all fall under the category of assault. Section 22.01 of the Texas Penal Code defines assault as:
- Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily harm to another person
- Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly threatening another person with bodily harm
- Intentionally or knowingly causing physical contact with another person when you know that person will consider your actions “offensive or provocative”
Depending on who the victim is, the circumstances of the alleged assault, and whether you used a weapon (aggravated assault), will determine if you face misdemeanor or felony charges.
Texas Takes Domestic Violence Charges Seriously
In Texas, you can face first-degree felony charges if you commit assault against someone “with whom you have a domestic relationship.” A conviction could mean five years or more in prison plus fines.
When you work with Keith Gore, you can be sure that he will investigate your case thoroughly to uncover every detail that will help you achieve the best possible outcome. He will look into possible defenses — like self-defense — that could help lead to an acquittal or a dismissal or reduction of charges. Keith Gore will prepare for trial from day one, sending the message to prosecutors that you are taking your defense seriously.
Protect Your Rights By Working With The Right Lawyer
Do not trade on experience when you are facing prison, fines and a diminished reputation. Work with Keith Gore, a veteran of more than 100 criminal jury trials. Schedule a consultation today by calling his office in McKinney, Texas, at 972-924-5665.