Assault with a Deadly Weapon Charges Defense
In Texas, when you’re facing a criminal accusation for assault with a deadly weapon, you need the help of an expert criminal defense attorney from the Law Offices of Maverick Ray LLC. With their professional legal representation, you can rest assured that your rights will be protected throughout the entire legal process. A person who uses or displays a deadly weapon during an assault can be charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
This offense is a first-degree felony if it causes serious bodily injury to someone else through the use of a weapon. Examples of what constitutes a weapon in the Texas Penal Code includes machine guns, zip guns, handguns, short-barrel firearms, firearm silencers, switchblade knives, daggers, Bowie knives, swords, clubs, nightsticks, mace, brass knuckles, or explosive weapons.
What Are the Penalties Associated with a Deadly Weapon?
Assault with a deadly weapon is usually charged as a second-degree felony and punishable by fines up to $10,000 and a prison sentence of 2 to 20 years. Under certain circumstances, this can even be elevated to a first-degree felony. These circumstances include violence against a security officer, a family member or partner, a public servant, or in retaliation against a witness in a criminal case. When this becomes a first-degree felony, the penalties can be five to 99 years or life in prison with fines up to $10,000.
Possible Assault with a Deadly Weapon Charges Defenses
Determining the best defense for the case is our job as your criminal defense lawyer in Texas. We have the experience needed to determine what strategy will work best for you. When a case involves an accusation of assault with a deadly weapon, we may be able to apply one of the following assault with a deadly weapon charges defenses to your case.
- Self Defense: In Texas, it is permissible to use force as self-protection.
- Lack of a Deadly Weapon: If it can be proven that a deadly weapon was not present during the assault then the charges made against you can be reduced or dropped.
- Lack of Intent: Charges can be reduced or dismissed if it can be proven there was no intent beyond your particular action.
Call to Schedule a Possible Consultation with a Criminal Defense Attorney
The right defense for you and your case can be crafted by one of our expert attorneys. Don’t hesitate to contact our Texas law office to discuss your case. To schedule an important conversation with an attorney at the Law Offices of Maverick Ray LLC, call 281-947-2007 today. We can discuss the details of your case and strategize the next steps for your situation. Allow us to protect your rights during this difficult time.