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Assault & Battery

Fort Worth Assault Attorney

Fight Your Assault & Battery Charges

At The Law Office of Lesa Pamplin, P.C., we know that facing criminal charges is intimidating, but we also have the skills and resources necessary to building effective defensive strategies. If you have been accused of assault & battery, you can trust our Fort Worth criminal lawyer to go to work for you. We want to provide you with the confidence to face these charges knowing that you have knowledge and experience on your side.

What is assault?

First and foremost, it is important to understand what you are up against, and to know that we have the criminal defense experience that you need to face it. To be charged with assault, you must have allegedly threatened another individual with bodily harm, or intentionally caused harm or offensive physical contact. This covers a broad array of actions that can often include harmless actions that were misconstrued or misinterpreted.

If you are convicted of misdemeanor assault, you can face up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. However, mere threats of bodily harm may only see fines of up to $500. If you have a previous record, or assault a public servant or an emergency worker on the job, you may face a felony conviction. Felony assaults typically result in sentences of up to 10 years in prision and $10,000 in fines. If a weapon was used, the assault becomes aggravated and you may see up to 20 years in prison.

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Self-Defense

One of the most common defenses used against assault and battery charges is that the defendant was acting in self-defense. It is easy for law enforcement and passersby to misinterpret your actions as intentionally harmful, however, they could have been simply to protect yourself from danger. Under the law, you are not guilty of assault if your actions were in self-defense.

In order for self-defense to stand in court, the following must be proven:

  • The accused had reason to believe they were under threat of unlawful harm
  • The accused honestly believed to be in fear of harm or death
  • The accused did not provoke the threat
  • The accused had no reasonable opportunity to escape or retreat

The most important word to consider when proving grounds for self-defense is “reasonable.” This word means that self-defense does not always hold as an adequate strategy to avoid guilty verdicts. It must be determined that the amount of force that was used was within a reasonable level to allow you to escape or survive the attack. Unnecessary force will be considered assault.

Additional Defenses Against Assault

In addition to the self-defense approach, there are other stances that your attorney can take when fighting assault charges. For example, if you were protecting another person who was present in the area, a “defense of others” argument can be made. This argument is similar to self-defense, in that it must be proven that a reasonable threat existed and that the force was reasonable and necessary for the other person’s well-being.

Your actions may also have been in defense of property; in other words, you may have used force to protect an invasion or withholding of your property, especially if such property is your home and the safety of those inside was under threat. Finally, in rare and certain circumstances, your criminal defense attorney may be able to argue that your actions were within the alleged victim’s consent; this defense, however can be the most difficult and scrutinized.

Protect Your Rights and Freedom

If you have been accused of assault and battery in Fort Worth, you need the aggressive and effective representation of Lesa Pamplin. Our criminal defense lawyer is passionate about advocating for the rights of the accused and providing them personalized defensive strategies. We will take the time to get to know you and the details of your case so that we can fight for your freedom.


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