Federal Assault Criminal Defense Lawyers
Assault is one of the most broadly defined and widely misunderstood criminal charges in our country.
While many likely associate the term with physical altercations, in states like Texas (and in many other places), even a verbal threat can sometimes constitute the crime of assault.
Making matters more confusing, an alleged assault can also serve as grounds for a civil lawsuit, and the definition of assault can differ between criminal and civil proceedings. Obviously, criminal cases are the most serious, because the stakes are very high. This web page will focus on the crime of assault at both the state and federal level.
Assault is always a serious charge. Unfortunately, in the heat of the moment, people may not realize what kind of trouble they’re getting themselves into. With emotions running high during an altercation, it’s easy to forget the haunting legal ramifications that might follow.
In a matter of moments, your whole world can turn upside down. But an experienced and knowledgeable attorney can help you clean up the mess and fight to bring things back to normal.
That’s why, if you’ve been charged with assault in Texas, you should call Oberheiden & McMurrey, LLP to speak with one of our federal assault defense lawyers today. Our team of attorneys is fully equipped and eager to represent you and defend your reputation.
Indeed, as aggressive federal assault defense lawyers, we fight for dismissed charges in every case we accept. Often, we’re successful. There is no better outcome available than to simply go home free, with a clear record, and that is always our goal for you.
Naturally, every case is different. It’s impossible to predict outcomes with certainty, and the result will very much depend on the facts in your case.
But our law firm understands that the facts in an alleged assault are not always what they seem.
These tend to be tense and contentious altercations. Each participant’s memory and perception of the events are vulnerable to influence and mistake – including those of the witnesses against you. For that matter, false allegations are surprisingly common, too. Accordingly, the prosecution’s case rests on little more than a “he-said/she-said” scenario.
You don’t have the burden of proving what happened, though. That burden is the government’s alone. We’re here to fight them on that, challenge each of their assertions, and hold them accountable to the highest standard of the law.
Our federal assault defense lawyers will take the time to listen to you, without judgment or condescension. Remember: Once we take your case, we’re on your side – nobody else’s.
We will fight to make sure that you don’t fall victim to exaggerated or trumped-up charges. Your best outcome is our ultimate goal.
Criminal Assault: Types and Definition
Most assault charges involve intentional and unwanted physical contact with another person, or any threat or reckless action that causes injury or places another person in reasonable fear of imminent bodily harm.
In some cases, basic criminal assault becomes an even more serious charge, such as:
- Aggravated assault (assault accompanied by an additional, aggravating factor – usually an especially dangerous action or a serious bodily injury)
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Sexual assault (including rape)
While still very serious, basic criminal assault carries lighter penalties than the others.
When Is Assault a Federal Case?
The majority of assault charges (including sexual assault, aggravated assault, and assault with a deadly weapon) are handled at the state level, but there are times when the charges might fall under federal jurisdiction instead. For example, if an assault of any kind occurs on federal land – like in a national park – the crime becomes a federal inquiry.
If you believe that you could be facing assault charges at the federal level, your case may be even more complicated. You need to work with lawyers who have extensive experience in the federal criminal courts. At Oberheiden & McMurrey, LLP, our federal assault defense lawyers are actively engaged in both the state and federal courts.
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Assault is serious charge, and the legal procedures that follow can get complicated. You need a diligent group of attorneys who will advance your best interests, expose false assumptions and allegations, and present the facts in a light that is most favorable to you. After all, your freedom might be on the line.
Call the federal assault defense lawyers at Oberheiden & McMurrey, LLP at 1-888-356-4634 or contact us online and ask for a free case review today. The sooner we get involved, the more helpful we can be.