Understanding What Enhancement Allegations Mean for You
In its most basic form, an aggravated assault is an assault enhanced with either a deadly weapon allegation or an allegation of serious bodily injury. Aggravated assaults can also be enhanced based on the classification of the person the state believes is the victim. If the state alleges a family member, a public servant, a witness, or a security guard is the victim, the aggravated assault is now a first-degree offense with a punishment range up to life in prison.
Another way your charges may be enhanced is if the state accuses you of committing a drive-by shooting. These enhancement allegations have very specific definitions, and any Collin County aggravated assault lawyer who represents you should know the law and how it applies to the facts of your case. This is important because it can affect the outcome of your case substantially. As experienced aggravated assault lawyers, our attorneys can help you understand these technicalities and how they will affect your case.
Punishments for Aggravated Assaults Vary Depending on Many Factors
The statutory range of punishment for an aggravated assault in Texas is anywhere between two years and 20 years and up to a $10,000 fine. If the aggravated assault is enhanced to a first degree then the range of the prison sentence is changed to five years to 99 years or life in prison, but the fine stays the same. A person charged with these serious felony offenses may be eligible for probation. In Texas, there are two types of probation: "straight" or regular probation, and deferred adjudication. Either type of probation keeps you or your family out of prison, but each of them will have a variety of conditions to meet and can last up to 10 years.
WHEN CRIMINAL ALLEGATIONS THREATEN FAMILY BONDS
An assault allegation carries significant potential criminal consequences, but that is only the beginning of the trouble it can cause in your life. If you are married and/or have children, being charged with assault can put your most precious family relationships at risk.
At The Collin County Law Group, we handle both criminal law and family law matters for clients in McKinney, Texas, and in surrounding areas. Our strong focus on both of these legal areas gives us a valuable perspective when representing clients facing criminal charges and overlapping divorce or child custody issues.
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO FIGHT
If convicted of domestic assault in Texas, you could face the following consequences:
- If someone obtains a protective order against you, you may be barred from seeing your children or even from entering your own home.
- Evidence of domestic violence can significantly affect child custody and visitation arrangements.
- A domestic assault conviction can hamper your ability to find work and own a firearm, compromising your status as a breadwinner and protector.
The best way to avoid these consequences is to aggressively fight the allegation from the very outset. The sooner you consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney, the better your chances of maintaining your freedom, lifestyle, and personal relationships.