Violent Crimes

Police, prosecutors, and courts take crimes of violence very seriously in Dallas. A conviction for a violent crime can result in lengthy jail time and hefty fines. Moreover, they can damage your reputation, give you a permanent record, and prevent you from owning a firearm. The possible negative impacts violent crimes in Dallas can have on you, your family, and your future make it absolutely vital that you secure the best Dallas violent crimes lawyer possible.

Dallas Violent Crimes Lawyer

If you or someone you love has been accused of a violent crime in Dallas, contact the Law Office of Mike Howard. Most importantly, Dallas violent crimes attorney Mike Howard has the experience, trial skills, and dedication that you need when you are fighting for your life. We will do everything we can to fight for you. Moreover, Mr. Howard will give you an honest assessment of your case and explain the law and your legal options.

A Different Kind of Lawyer

We approach our clients differently than a lot of lawyers. Above all, our philosophy is that being a great lawyer is more than getting you a great result. First, our office is centered around you. This means we start by truly listening to you to understand your case and your goals. Further, our team works to provide you with a client experience that is as easy and stress-free as possible. Answering your questions and keeping you informed is very important to us. Most importantly, we treat you as a person, not a number. Finally, our goal is to achieve the best possible result for you. If you’re looking for a different kind of lawyer, you’ve come to the right place.

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Our Case Process

Listen & Understand

We focus on clients as real people. First, we list to understand who you are and what you need. Then we make sure we fully understand the facts of the case.

Open Communication

We explain the law, your rights, and the legal process. Because communication is very important to us, we strive to quickly answer questions and return communication.

Fight for Justice

Simply put: we fight hard for you. In the courtroom, in negotiations, and before a case even is officially opened, we fight for justice for you.

Dallas Violent Crimes Lawyer Explains


A person commits assault causing bodily injury (Texas Penal Code § 22.01) if they intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly cause bodily injury to another. Generally, assault causing bodily injury is a Class A misdemeanor. As a result, you could face up to 1 year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine. However, threatening bodily injury or causing offensive or provocative contact is generally a Class C misdemeanor.

Bodily injury means physical pain, illness, or any impairment of physical condition. While many people expect that an assault case would require some visible injury like a bruise, cut, or scrape, this is not the case. All the accuser has to allege is that they felt some physical pain. Even a slap, push, or poke that they say caused them pain can be enough.

For more information on assault charges in Dallas, see our assault page. Assault family violence or domestic violence assault also classified as an assault offense under Texas Penal Code § 22.01. For more information about domestic assault, see our domestic violence, assault family violence, assault impeding breathing, and our injury to a child pages.

Aggravated Assault

A person commits aggravated assault (Texas Penal Code § 22.02) if they commit assault as described above and:

  • cause serious bodily injury. OR
  • uses or exhibit a deadly weapon during the commission of the assault.

Generally, aggravated assault is a second-degree felony. As a result, you could face 2- 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. For more information on aggravated assault charges in Dallas, see our aggravated assault section.


A person commits murder (Texas Penal Code § 19.02) if they intentionally, knowingly cause the death of a person. Also, a person commits murder if they intend to cause serious bodily injury and commit an act clearly dangerous to human life that causes death. Finally, a person commits murder if they commit a felony and commit an act clearly dangerous to human life that causes death.

Generally, murder is a first-degree felony. As a result, you could face 5 – 99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. If, however, certain defenses apply that punishment range can change. Capital murder is a separate offense that is punishable by life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.

For more information about murder charges in Dallas, see our murder page.


A person commits manslaughter (Texas Penal Code § 19.04) if they recklessly cause the death of an individual. Generally, manslaughter is a second-degree felony. As a result, you can face 2 – 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. For more information on manslaughter charges in Dallas, see our manslaughter page.

Criminally Negligent Homicide

A person commits criminally negligent homicide (Texas Penal Code § 19.05) if they cause the death of an individual by criminal negligence. Generally, criminally negligent homicide cases are state jail felonies. As a result, you could face 6 months – 2 years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine. For more information about criminally negligent homicide charges in Dallas, see our criminally negligent homicide page.


A person commits robbery (Texas Penal Code § 29.02) if in the course of committing theft and with the intent to obtain or maintain control over the property, they intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly cause bodily injury to another. Robbery can also occur when a person intentionally or knowingly threatens or places another in fear of imminent bodily injury or death during a theft. Robbery is generally a second-degree felony. As a result, you can face 2 – 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. For more information about robbery charges in Dallas, see our robbery page.

Aggravated Robbery

A person commits aggravated robbery (Texas Penal Code § 29.03) if they commit robbery (see above) and they cause serious bodily injury to another, use or exhibit a deadly weapon. Robbery can be aggravated if the person causes bodily injury to or threatens a disabled or elderly person with fear of imminent bodily injury or death. Aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony. As a result, you could face 5 – 99 years or up to life in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Disorderly Conduct

A person can commit disorderly conduct (Texas Penal Code § 42.01) in a variety of ways, most of which results in a Class C misdemeanor ticket. Disorderly conduct is a Class B misdemeanor if the person intentionally or knowingly:

  • discharges a firearm in a public place other than a public road or a sport shooting range, or
  • displays a firearm or other deadly weapon in a public place in a manner calculated to alarm

Disorderly conduct involving a firearm, as explained above, carries a possible range of punishment of up to 6 months in jail and up to a $2,000 fine. Learn more about this charge on our disorderly conduct page.

Deadly Conduct

A person commits deadly conduct (Texas Penal Code § 22.05) if they:

  • recklessly engage in conduct that place another in imminent danger of serious bodily injury. OR
  • a person commit an offense if he knowingly discharge a firearm at or in the direction of one or more individuals or a habitation, building, or vehicle and is reckless as to whether the habitation, building, or vehicle is occupied.

For more information about deadly conduct charges in Dallas, see our deadly conduct page.

Terroristic Threat

A person commits terroristic threat (Texas Penal Code § 22.07) if they threaten to commit any offense involving violence to any person or property with intent to:

  • cause a reaction of any type to his threat by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies. OR
  • place any person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury. OR
  • prevent or interrupt the occupation or use of a building, room, place of assembly, place to which the public has access, place of employment or occupation, aircraft, automobile, or other form of conveyance, or other public place. OR
  • cause impairment or interruption of public communications, public transportation, public water, gas, or power supply or other public service. OR
  • place the public or a substantial group of the public in fear of serious bodily injury. OR
  • influence the conduct or activities of a branch or agency of the federal government, the state, or a political subdivision of the state.

For more information about terroristic threat charges in Dallas, see our terroristic threat page.

Unlawful Restraint

A person commits unlawful restraint (Texas Penal Code § 20.02) if they intentionally or knowingly restrains another person. “Restrain” means to restrict a person’s movements without consent, so as to interfere substantially with the person’s liberty, by moving the person from one place to another or by confining the person. For more information about unlawful restraint charges in Dallas, see our unlawful restraint page.


A person commits kidnapping (Texas Penal Code § 20.03) if they intentionally or knowingly abduct another person. “Abduct” means to restrain a person with the intent to prevent his liberation by: (a) secreting or holding him in a place where he is not likely to be found, or (b) using or threatening to use deadly force. For more information about kidnapping charges in Dallas, see our kidnapping page.

Aggravated Kidnapping

A person commits aggravated kidnapping (Texas Penal Code § 20.04) if they intentionally or knowingly abduct another person and use or exhibit a deadly weapon during the commission of the offense or abducts another person with the intent to:

  • hold him for ransom or reward. OR
  • use him as a shield or hostage. OR
  • facilitate the commission of a felony or the flight after the attempt or commission of a felony. OR
  • inflict bodily injury on him or violate or abuse him sexually;
  • terrorize him or a third person. OR
  • interfere with the performance of any governmental or political function.

For more information about aggravated kidnapping charges in Dallas, see our aggravated kidnapping section.

“Mike and his team made me feel the most comfortable...

I called a few Attorneys and Mike and his team made me feel the most comfortable. This is my first time being in a situation like this but the professionalism and communication really put me at easy especially because I’m out of state I needed someone I could trust with my life. He broke down everything for me step by step and helped me through a situation that could’ve ruined my career. So I’d like to thank Mike again for getting my case rejected!!

Ashley Thompson

Resources and Information

See our criminal defense resource center for more information from Dallas violent crimes lawyer Mike Howard on fundamental rights in a criminal case, definitions of culpable mental states (intentionally, knowingly, etc), defenses to prosecution, and more.

Visit our YouTube Channel for informational videos and client testimonials.
Visit our blog for posts on cases, defenses, and criminal law information.

Dallas Violent Crimes 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 violent crimes 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 violent crimes attorney has a reputation as a skilled trial lawyer who fights for their clients, however, it can make all the difference in the world.

A Proven Track Record

J.C. – Assault Impeding Breathing

My client was a professional boxer and a world champion. He was wrongly accused of brutally beating up an ex-girlfriend. The problem was the woman had no injuries and was shaking him down for a payout. We took the case to trial and exposed her true motives in court. The jury found my client not guilty.

M.B. – Murder

My client’s brother shot someone and killed him in an argument. The victim’s brother witnessed the shooting and wrongfully claimed that my client was present and is the one who provoked his brother to shoot the victim. Investigating fully, I was able to prove by triangulating his cell phone signal that he was 45 minutes away at the time of the shooting. Case Dismissed.

D.B – Capital Murder & Engaging in Organized Crime

My client was facing life in prison. I was able to cast enough doubt on the evidence that the prosecution offered a reduction and minimum offer, which D.B. simply couldn’t refuse.

T.B. – Aggravated Robbery

My client was homeless and suffering from mental health problems. He was charged with aggravated robbery for what was really a cigarette lighter in the shape of a gun. We got him a PR bond into housing and mental health services, and his got his case dismissed.

B.F. – Aggravated Assault Causing Serious Bodily Injury

My client accidentally ran over a girl’s foot as he was trying to get away from a bad situation. We were able to show that she actually ran at the car and that B.F. had no time to avoid her. The grand jury dismissed the case.

C.C. – Aggravated Robbery

My client made a really dumb mistake. We were able to show the judge that he was more than this one mistake. Even though the prosecutor was pushing for serious prison time, we got him deferred probation.