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Assault allegations in Texas are serious. Being accused of assault could mean devastating ramifications to your personal reputation, your professional and future opportunities, and your quality of life. With your future on the line, it is natural to feel confused, even terrified.

If you're facing assault charges, it is crucial that you immediately contact an experienced Texas criminal defense attorney to strategize your defense. With more than three decades of combined experience, we have the knowledge and resources to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients' assault cases. Our attorneys will work every possible angle of your case and outline an effective defense strategy to fight your charges—and help you move forward in life.

MC Criminal Law proudly serves clients across Dallas, Texas, and throughout surrounding communities of North Texas, including Denton, Fort Worth, and McKinney.



Understanding Assault

Under Texas law, a person commits an offense of assault if they:

  • Intentionally, recklessly, or knowingly cause bodily injury to another person

  • Intentionally or knowingly threaten another person with imminent bodily injury

  • Intentionally or knowingly cause physical contact with another when the person knows or should reasonably believe that the other will regard the contact as offensive or provocative

Types of Assault in Texas

In the state of Texas, assault crimes may be categorized into two types: simple assault and aggravated assault.

Simple Assault

Simple assault occurs when a person intentionally, recklessly, or knowingly causes bodily injury to another person or threatens to inflict bodily injury on another person. For example, raising an object to hit someone or threatening to punch someone may be considered an assault in Texas. In most cases, simple assault is a misdemeanor offense.

Aggravated Assault

Under Texas law, a person commits an aggravated assault if the person:

  • Causes serious bodily injury to another person

  • Uses a deadly weapon during the assault

For instance, hitting a person with a bat, thereby causing a significant injury, may be considered an aggravated assault in Texas. Aggravated assault is typically a felony offense.

If you or someone close to you has recently been arrested or indicted with assault in Texas, or even if you're worried you may be charged, you need to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as you can. Your lawyer can investigate every detail of your case, make sure you understand the possible penalties, and strategize a strong defense for the best possible results.  

Possible Penalties

According to statistics from the Crime in Texas Report, there were 88,030 total reported aggravated assault cases statewide in 2020. The implications of a criminal conviction can be devastating. If convicted of assault in Texas, the possible penalties and consequences include:

  • Prison sentences (ranging from months to years)

  • Huge fines

  • Restitution to the victim

  • A criminal record

  • Increased difficulty in securing employment, housing, or public benefits

  • Difficulties in obtaining certain financial loans

  • Loss of voting rights

  • Increased difficulty in traveling abroad

  • Loss of your rights to carry, possess or own a firearm or gun

An experienced Texas assault defense attorney can investigate all of the surrounding facts of your case and determine the best defenses to help fight your charges.

Possible Defenses

Your attorney can help you move forward using any of the following defenses:

  • Self-defense

  • Defense of property

  • Lack of provable intent to threaten

  • Mistaken identity

  • False allegations by the alleged victim

  • Defense of others

  • Incapability of performing the alleged threat

  • Failure to prove the necessary element of the charge beyond reasonable doubt

  • Duress

When under investigation for assault in Texas, contacting a defense attorney immediately can make a huge difference in whether you are charged, or whether your case is even filed. With a combined 30 years as criminal attorneys, MC Criminal Law knows how to investigate and gather critical evidence, taking proactive action to help keep your record as clean as possible.

Work With a Knowledgeable Criminal Defense Attorney

Defending your assault allegations or navigating the criminal justice system without experienced representation is never advisable. If convicted, you could be facing severe punishments, including lengthy prison time, massive fines, a criminal record, increased difficulty in getting public benefits, and other social consequences. When under investigation for assault, retaining a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer is vital.

MC Criminal Law will help you every step of the way, patiently exploring all the possible defenses of your case to achieve the best possible results. As we fight vigorously to protect your rights, we’ll also help you address any behaviors that may have contributed to your circumstances.

Our attorneys are dedicated to providing highly personalized legal guidance, advocacy, and vigorous representation to every client. As former prosecutors and experienced defense attorneys with statewide recognition, we can leverage relationships we've built with law enforcement over decades to achieve the best outcomes for our clients. You deserve diligent representation at every stage of the legal process.


If you're facing assault charges, don't face them alone. Contact MC Criminal Law today to schedule a case assessment. With decades of experience in the North Texas criminal justice system and statewide recognition, our trusted attorneys offer the highly personalized legal counsel you need during this difficult time. Our firm proudly represents clients in Dallas, Texas, and throughout North Texas, including Denton, Fort Worth, and McKinney.


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