This is the first post in a series of articles addressing defending against aggravated assault charges in Laredo, Texas. Aggravated assault occurs when the perpetrator intentionally threatens one with or actually causes serious bodily harm to another person. Texas law enforcement aggressively prosecutes aggravated assault charges. A goal of this series is to provide information that may assist in defending against aggravated assault charges. Another goal is to provide information that may help one facing such charges select an attorney to defend one’s interests. If you have been charged with aggravated assault, contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
In this series, I will discuss several important topics, including:
- Claiming self-defense in an aggravated assault case
- Excluding overly suggestive eyewitness identifications
- Common Miranda issues arising in aggravated assault cases
- Aggravated assault with a weapon may elevate criminal penalties
- Defending against aggravated assault charges at trial
Understanding how these issues may impact a defense is important for a variety of reasons. First, it is not uncommon for law enforcement to incorrectly identify the initial aggressor during an incident. When a defendant can prove that they were acting in self-defense, it may be possible to avoid aggravated assault charges. Second, police officers are required to follow certain procedures when soliciting eyewitness identifications of suspects. A failure to do so may result in the exclusion of eyewitness testimony. In addition, officers are required to provide Miranda warnings during an arrest. If this does not occur, the accused may successfully challenge the use of certain evidence or statements obtained by the police. Next, aggravated assault with the use of a firearm or other deadly weapon will result in more severe criminal penalties, making the defense strategies even more important. Finally, if you are facing aggravated assault charges, you should have a general understanding of what to expect at trial.
Aggravated assault is a serious criminal offense and could result is serious criminal penalties. As a Laredo criminal defense lawyer, I will explore all possible defenses that may be available to protect your interests. Contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation. I also handle matters in other south Texas areas. Contact my office today to speak to an attorney.