A Trusted Defense Against Assault Charges
Assault and battery charges can have a serious effect on your life. In many cases, these charges are viewed as violent crimes and can come with hefty penalties. If you face any level of assault or battery charges, you need a trusted criminal defense lawyer on your side.
Attorney Clarissa Fernandez Pratt cares about her clients and how their cases will affect their futures. She always provides honest, clear communication and personally responds to questions and concerns. With over 75 jury trials under her belt, she has the courtroom skills needed to defend your case. In addition, she started her career as a prosecutor, so she understands the process the other side uses to build their case against you.
Assault And Battery: What Is The Difference?
Though often discussed together, assault and battery are two different charges with their own definitions. You could be charged with one or the other or both.
- Assault – Assault is the threat of harm but does not necessarily include physical contact. It only requires that the victim reasonably believes they are in imminent danger.
- Battery – Battery is the unwanted touching of another person, usually one that leads to bodily injury.
Under the assault umbrella, there are many specific charges, such as domestic assault involving family members or romantic partners, which start as a third-degree felony. Aggravated assault is a first-degree felony and includes other factors such as using a weapon. Sexual assault can be either a second- or first-degree offense, depending on the circumstances.
What Penalties Could You Face?
The penalties depend on the seriousness of the circumstances. They can vary greatly, from a minor misdemeanor to a first-degree felony. Here are some examples of penalties:
- Misdemeanor charges – Texas misdemeanors are classified as A, B or C, A being the most serious. Penalties range from a $500 fine to one year in jail and $4,000 in fines. The lowest level assault charge involves the threat of violence only with no actual physical contact, while a Class A misdemeanor might involve bodily injury but no other aggravating factors.
- Felony charges – Even low-level felonies can have a permanent impact on your life. A third-degree felony may include up to 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. A second-degree felony may include two to 20 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. A first-degree felony may include a prison term of five years to life.
No matter what level of charges you face, Clarissa will take it seriously and mount a strong defense on your behalf.
Schedule A Consultation Today
Clarissa Fernandez Pratt, Attorney at Law, offers free initial consultations. To schedule an appointment, please call 210-920-2535 to reach Clarissa’s San Antonio office. You can also send a confidential email.