Facing Assault Charges?

Assault is a serious crime that comes with serious consequences. There are a variety of situations that might lead to an individual being charged with assault. You can be charged with assault even if you were not the aggressor and believe you were acting in self-defense. Merely touching another person, without hurting them, can lead to an accusation of assault if they consider the contact threatening. You could be charged with an assault without even physically contacting another person if you engage in a verbal fight or make verbal threats to another person.

Law enforcement officers are often too quick to make arrests when responding to assault allegations. Unfortunately, the law enforcement officer’s primary goal is to defuse the situation as quickly as possible – and this can sometimes result in the wrong party being arrested and charged. There are always two sides to the story in these kinds of incidents and you need a criminal defense lawyer who will make sure that your side of the story is heard too.

What are the penalties for an assault charge?

There are many factors that can increase or decrease the seriousness of an assault case, and you probably feel unprepared and overwhelmed about going through the criminal process. Your charges could be more serious depending on who the “victim” (a spouse, a police officer, or a child, for example), whether a “deadly weapon” was used or the person suffered “serious bodily harm.” It is very important to understand what penalties you may be facing under Texas law before you make decisions about plea deals or going to trial. Some assault charges can result in very harsh punishments, including jail or prison time and expensive fines.

James McDermott is an experienced criminal defense lawyer who will begin by thoroughly investigating the charges against you.

• Was the accused acting in self-defense?
• Were you protecting an innocent third party?
• Was the crime committed accidentally?
• Was it “mutual combat”?
• Can the identity of the accused be proven?

Contact James McDermott now to discuss your case or schedule a consultation by phone at (512) 201-4083 or email to consult@centraltexaslawyers.com

James McDermott Assault Lawyer
Criminal defense lawyer James McDermott works throughout Central Texas counties, including: Travis County, Williamson County, Hays County, Bastrop County, Comal County, Burnet County, and Caldwell County. He has worked extensively in the rural counties between San Antonio and Corpus Christi, including Bee County (Beeville) and Live Oak County (George West), and in rural southwest Texas, such as Val Verde County (Del Rio), and takes cases throughout the Hill Country, including in Kerr County, Gillespie County, Blanco County, Llano County, and San Saba County.

James is dedicated to defending the rights and image of people facing assault charges. James understands how to investigate allegations of assault and understands that prosecutors and police often charge based on a “race to the police station” theory of assault: that whoever reported the incident first is the victim and the other person is the aggressor. James knows that assault cases are more complicated than that simplistic theory. You need someone who will make sure your side of the story is told.

Working with a knowledgeable and experienced criminal attorney is essential to protect the rights of anyone charged with a crime. James McDermott has what is needed. Contact James McDermott today to discuss your case and schedule a free consultation.