Defending Against Aggravated Assault Charges
Allegations of aggravated assault are likely to be aggressively pursued by Austin prosecutors looking to crack down on violent crime in the city. Though they may have good intentions, it is easy for prosecutors to become overzealous as they seek the harshest penalties available to them under the law. Knowing all of this, if you are facing allegations of aggravated assault, you will need to begin taking all the necessary precautions to help you defend your rights and protect your future.
Possible Aggravated Assault Charges in Austin
Since aggravated assault charges are typically pursued as second degree felonies, they carry a range of potentially devastating penalties should a conviction be achieved against you. Under specific circumstances, however, these charges may be further elevated to first degree felony charges. Though prosecutors will take other aspects of the case into consideration, aggravated assault charges will become a first degree felony if it is alleged to have been committed against any of the following persons:
- A significant other or family member who was seriously injured
- A security officer who was carrying out his or her security duties
- A public servant on official duty
- Prospective witnesses, informants, or individuals who report a crime
There is one critical difference between second and first degree felony charges: you can only be sentenced to 20 year in prison with a second degree felony, whereas you can be sentenced to life with a first degree felony.
Consult With an Aggravated Assault Defense Attorney in Austin
If you have been charged with aggravated assault in Austin, Ian Inglis Attorney at Law can help you develop a legal defense that is capable of challenging every aspect of the prosecution’s case against you. To confidentially discuss the particulars of your charges with one of our attorneys, please call our Austin offices at (512) 472-1950 today.