The criminal defense attorneys at McLemore, Reddell & Story, P.L.L.C. represent people in Houston and throughout Texas statewide who have been arrested and charged with violent crime. The consequences for conviction of a violent crime can be particularly rough on the individual. Many crimes of violence come with mandatory minimum sentences, and almost all violent felonies are strike offenses, meaning that a conviction could put you in jeopardy of a life sentence. Also, it may be more difficult to obtain probation or parole if you are considered a danger to society. Through charge bargaining, plea bargaining, and strong trial defense, we work hard to see that you do not have to face the serious repercussions from being convicted of a serious, violent felony.
Assault: A Violent Crime Without the Violence
An assault under Texas law occurs when one intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another. However, an assault can also occur if one intentionally or knowingly threatens another with imminent bodily injury, or causes physical contact with another when the person knows the other will regard the contact as offensive. It is possible to be convicted of an assault without actually harming or even touching another person. Aiding in a suicide, and leaving a child younger than seven alone in a vehicle for more than five minutes, although not violent acts, are also grouped together with assault offenses in Texas.
Misdemeanor Versus Felony
An assault may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony offense, depending upon the circumstances. How the charge is filed is very important not only because of the potential punishment involved, but also for the very serious effect a felony conviction can have in light of Texas’ three strikes and habitual offender laws. If you are unfortunate enough to be convicted of a third felony offense, you can find yourself sentenced to life in prison, even for a relatively minor offense that would never carry such a penalty on its own. It is very important to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands these important distinctions and has the ability to influence what charges are filed or pled to and can provide a strong, effective defense in court.
Seek Experienced Legal Representation
Beyond assault and aggravated assault, violent crimes include certain sex offenses such as sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault, as well as criminal homicide, including murder, capital murder, manslaughter, and criminally negligent homicide. Our lawyers have the trial skills and experience to handle any type of criminal case, from criminal negligence or assault to murder. If you are being charged with a serious, violent felony, your very future is at stake. In the state of Texas, contact David Reddell at McLemore, Reddell & Story, P.L.L.C. for experienced, professional assistance with your defense.