Dallas Assault Family Violence Attorney

In Texas, the penalty range for the crime of assault varies greatly. Simple assault can be a a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500, and no jail time. However, if a deadly weapon is involved, you can be charged with aggravated assault, and receive from 2 to 20 years in state prison, and a fine of up to $10,000. An additional complication can arise if you are alleged to have committed an assault involving family violence. In these cases, by law, the alleged victim in these cases must be either a family member, spouse, or someone with whom you have had a dating relationship, past or present. If you are convicted, or even placed on deferred adjudication probation (i.e., non-conviction probation) for such an offense, an affirmative finding of family violence will be

rendered against you buy the court. This finding has severe legal consequences, which include affecting your ability to own a handgun, as well as eliminating the possibility that you can seal your arrest on this, or any other case for which you might otherwise be eligible to do so, with an order of nondisclosure. Additionally, once an affirmative finding of family violence is rendered against you, that finding can be used to enhance a subsequent assault allegation involving family violence to a felony offense, even if it would have otherwise been a misdemeanor.