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Aggravated Assault Family Violence
First and foremost, family violence is a serious problem. However, people make false accusations all the time. Police and prosecutors charge and pursue innocent people all the time. An experienced Dallas aggravated assault family violence attorney is absolutely essential.
Aggravated assault family violence cases carry serious life-changing consequences. For example, they can carry lengthy prison sentences, hefty fines, and a permanent record. Police, prosecutors, and courts take assault family violence accusations very seriously. Prosecutors pursue them vigorously. This is even more the case when a deadly weapon or serious injury is involved. Consequently, you should immediately contact an experienced Dallas aggravated assault family violence lawyer.
Dallas Aggravated Assault Family Violence Lawyer
The good news is the prosecutor is required to prove a family violence charge beyond a reasonable doubt. Beyond a reasonable doubt is the highest burden of proof in our justice system. The court must find you not guilty if the prosecutor cannot rule a single reasonable doubt. This can be powerful when implemented in your defense by a skilled Dallas aggravated assault family violence attorney. Finally, a strong defense can lead to fantastic outcomes. For example, acquittal, rejection of charges, grand jury no-bill, diversion, dismissal, reduction of charges, or deferred probation.
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About Aggravated Assault Family Violence
An aggravated assault family violence offense starts with assault. Assault is intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury. What makes it aggravated is either the use or exhibition of a deadly weapon or causing serious bodily injury. If the aggravated assault is against a family or household member or someone you’re dating, courts label it family violence. Moreover, aggravated assault can also include intentionally or knowingly threatening imminent bodily injury. For example, pointing a gun at a family member could be aggravated assault family violence.
See our domestic violence page for definitions of domestic violence terms and more information about domestic violence cases generally. For more information specific to assault family violence, see our assault family violence page.
Aggravated Assault Family Violence Penalties
Generally, aggravated assault family violence is a second-degree felony. This is the case if it involved a deadly weapon or serious bodily injury. A second-degree felony carries between 2-20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. However, when it involves both the use of a deadly weapon and causing serious bodily injury, the offense is a first-degree felony. A first-degree felony carries between 5-99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
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See Dallas domestic violence lawyer Mike Howard’s criminal defense resource center for more information. This includes basic rights in a criminal case, definitions of intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, and criminal negligence. Furthermore, it also includes defenses to prosecution and more.
Defending Aggravated Assault Family Violence
It really all starts with beyond a reasonable doubt. If the prosecutor cannot rule out each and every reasonable doubt, the presumption of innocence prevails. Therefore, even one lingering reasonable doubt means not guilty. More importantly, this means you don’t have to prove that you didn’t do it. Actually, you don’t have to prove anything! In a “he said/she said” allegation, the only way the prosecution wins is if the jury believes the accuser’s story is the only reasonable way it could’ve happened. This is the highest burden of proof in our justice system. When implemented in your defense by a skilled Dallas aggravated assault family violence assault attorney, it can be a powerful weapon.
Dallas Aggravated Assault Family Violence Attorney Mike Howard
Above all, I strive to help my clients through difficult times with compassion and integrity. In Dallas innocent people can get accused, charged, and convicted when they don’t have a Dallas aggravated assault family violence attorney fighting for them. I believe in standing up for people facing criminal accusations and helping them navigate all that comes with being thrown into the criminal justice system.
The cornerstone of my law practice is focusing on my clients as individuals. I start by taking the time to understand not just the facts of their case, but who they are and what they need. Because I know the criminal justice system can be intimidating, I explain the process, their rights, and their options. Client communication is extremely important to me, so I make sure my team and I do everything possible to quickly answer questions and return messages.
Willing to Fight
Most importantly, I am willing to fight a case in court. I have a track record of delivering fantastic results at trial. While not every client and case needs to go to trial, it can make a difference. When your Dallas aggravated assault family violence attorney has a reputation as a skillful trial lawyer who fights for their clients, however, it makes all the difference in the world.
A Proven Track Record
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O.B – Aggravated Assault Family Violence
Our client was over-charged for an unfortunate incident. We worked with the accuser and the prosecutor to get the charges reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor and avoided a felony conviction. In the end, we got our client a short misdemeanor deferred probation. At the end of that, his case was dismissed.
A.S. – Aggravated Assault
Our client is the one who called the police but they ended up believing the accuser and arrested our client. Police didn’t interview multiple witnesses or look into the accuser’s background at all. We did and we blew his story out of the water. The grand jury dismissed the case.
J.C. – Assault Impeding Breathing
Our client was a world champion professional boxer. He was wrongly accused of brutally beating up an ex-girlfriend. However, the woman had no injuries and looking for a payout. We took the case to trial and exposed her true motives in court. The jury found our client not guilty.
P.M. – Assault Family Violence
An ex-girlfriend was angry that my client had moved on. She set out to ruin his life with a wrongful accusation. We took the case to trial and the jury found our client not guilty.
T.Y. – Assault Family Violence
Our client was a dental student who started dating a dental hygenist student. Over time she became controlling and abusive. She wrongfully accused him of family violence and would not back down. We took the case to trial and the jury found our client not guilty.
O.A. – Assault Family Violence
Our client was a doctor who had been married 40+ years. His wife suffered from mental health problems. When she had episodes she would become violent and abusive. Our client had to call the police during one of these episodes but only wanted her to get help. Unfortunately, when she realized she might be going to jail she falsely accused him of hitting her. The police told my client someone had to go to jail, him or her. Ever the loving husband, our client chose to go to jail. We were able to convince the district attorney to reject the case completely.
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