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Facing Assault Charges?
Protect Your Freedom
Before Time Runs Out.

Austin Assault Defense Attorneys

Smith & Vinson Law Firm

Assault is one of the most common charges filed in Texas. Because it is a violent crime, it is taken very seriously. However, you can be found guilty of assault even if you did not injure – or even touch – the victim. There are several different types of assault. The severity of the charge and the possible punishment depends on the circumstances involved.

Types of Assault

Simple Assault consists of:

  • intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury to another person;
  • intentionally or knowingly threatening another person with imminent bodily injury; or
  • intentionally or knowingly causing physical contact with another that the offender knows or reasonably should know the victim will find provocative or offensive.

The classification for this type of assault depends on what you are accused of. Threats alone will be considered a Class C Misdemeanor. However, this can be elevated in certain circumstances. For example, it is a Class A Misdemeanor if the threat is made to a victim who is elderly or disabled. An assault that causes bodily injury is a Class A Misdemeanor. Again, this can be elevated to a third-degree felony if the victim comes from a certain class of people (such as a public servant or volunteer firefighter). This is why you need a criminal defense attorney from Smith & Vinson Law Firm to review the charges that you are facing.

Domestic Assault occurs when both the offender and the victim are members of the same family or household. Domestic assault can be characterized as either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on your criminal history.

Aggravated Assault occurs either when the assault results in serious bodily injury or was committed using a deadly weapon. Aggravated assault is a second-degree felony, punishable by between 2 and 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Sexual Assault and Aggravated Sexual Assault are typically rape or molestation cases. Sexual assault is a second-degree felony and aggravated sexual assault is a first-degree felony.

Defenses

Just because you have been arrested for assault, does not mean you are guilty. Police will often make an arrest on very little evidence. Something as simple as a neighbor calling to report a loud argument could easily lead to an arrest for assault. If you are charged, there could be a number of defenses available, including:

  • Self-Defense
  • Defense of Others
  • Mutual Combat
  • Necessity
  • Duress
  • Insanity
  • Mistake of Fact
  • Involuntary Intoxication
  • Castle Doctrine

Central Texas Assault Attorneys

The State of Texas aggressively prosecutes cases when there is an alleged victim. This is why you need to mount an aggressive defense. The State of Texas is working against you. You need someone working for you. We will work for you. Smith & Vinson Law Firm represents client’s accused of assault crimes in Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Leander, Taylor, Hutto and all around the Central Texas area. Contact us now for a free consultation at (512) 359-3743.

What To Do If You’ve Been Charged With Assault

Do not talk to the police, except to provide identifying information, such as your date of birth or name. The police will say anything to elicit a response from you. They are allowed to lie to you in order to get you to say what they want. Nothing you tell them will help you; it will only be used against you. If questioned, tell them you cannot speak without an attorney present. Do not sign a waiver of your rights.

Call Smith & Vinson Law Firm. Once you have politely and firmly asserted your constitutional rights, you need to call an attorney who will fight for you. At Smith & Vinson Law Firm, we are on call 24/7. Call us immediately so that we can begin gathering information, interviewing witnesses, and protecting your rights.

Do not contact the victim, even if he or she is a member of your household. If you become subject to a restraining order, follow all restrictions.

If you are in jail, do not talk to anyone about the case. All phone calls in and out of the facility are recorded and may be used against you. Further, anything you say to a cellmate could potentially be used against you at trial. The only person you should talk to if you are in jail is your attorney.

In one instant, a heated argument can turn into an assault conviction and a criminal record. If you are facing assault charges, don’t wait. Call Smith & Vinson Law Firm. Jarrod Smith and Brad Vinson are Texas defense lawyers available 24/7 to protect your rights. Let us fight for you.

Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you have been arrested or charged with an assault offense in Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, Travis County, Williamson County, Hays County, or any of the surrounding areas in Texas contact Smith & Vinson Law Firm.

At Smith & Vinson Law Firm, we take your assault charges seriously and fight to protect your constitutional rights. Jarrod Smith and Brad Vinson are aggressive trial lawyers that will fight for you from day one to get the best possible resolution for your case.

Contact our office today for a free initial consultation. We can be reached at (512) 359-3743.

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    “I hired Brad Vinson to handle a legal matter and I could not have made a better decision! Brad was attentive, listened to the facts of the case, and strategized a plan that would lead to the best result possible. Brad was communicative, available, and ultimately delivered on what he stated he would do. During this process, there were no unexpected hiccups because Brad understands the law, and understands how to defend his clients. There is no doubt that I would recommend Brad and the whole team at Smith & Vinson to represent any individual that needs legal representation. The whole team is fantastic, and delivers fantastic results.”

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  • He's a real lawyer!

    “A civil issue arose in Austin with a family member. We sought the advice of a well named Austin attorney. This unnamed attorney provided egregious legal advice. In court, a lifetime civil injunction was ruled by the judge on this non-criminal civil issue. Once learning of this judgement we immediately started looking for another attorney and found Brad Vinson, with Smith and Vinson. Simply put, Brad had this entire debacle reversed and a new judgement set for what is customarily ruled in similar cases. It didn't take long either. I only wish we had called Brad first. He's a real lawyer!”

    David

  • Knows how to help you

    “Jarrod has worked on both sides of the judicial divide, both prosecutor and defender, and is well-positioned to evaluate a client’s chances and recommend what to do about them. I first met when he was Jarrod dedicated and diligent member of South Texas Law Review. He was dedicated because he volunteered as an assistant editor-in-chief. He was diligent because he pitched in during semester breaks. I know Jarrod has the temperament of a great advocate.”

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  • Fought super hard for my case

    “Jarrod is very professional and fought super hard for my case. I couldn't have asked for a better attorney to represent me. I highly recommend!”

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  • Attention to Detail & Passion

    “Mr. Vinson is a passionate trial attorney who takes special care with each client. When you hire Brad Vinson you hire an attorney who will pay close attention to your case and work extremely hard for you.”

    Anna S.

  • Texas Bar College
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • National College for DUI Defense
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  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award

Why Hire Us?

  • We are accessible to you. Our attorneys can be reached 24/7.
  • Bold and fearless defense are what we are known for.
  • Turn to us for straightforward legal advice when you need it.
  • We offer free consultations to every single client served.