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A violent crime in Texas usually involves an alleged victim suffering or being threatened with some kind of injury. Violent crimes can be misdemeanor or felony offenses, depending on several different factors, such as the alleged offender’s prior criminal record, the nature of the injuries caused, and whether a firearm or deadly weapon was used in the commission of the offense.
Violent crimes often result in aggressive prosecution because there is usually a belief that a violent person should be locked up and removed from society. Anybody accused of one of these offenses needs to understand that there will usually be a concerted effort to have them incarcerated for their crimes, and it will require an equally strong defense to overcome the criminal charges.
Were you arrested for a violent crime in Parker County? Do not wait to get yourself a criminal defense lawyer so you can have the best possible chance of regaining your freedom.
The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy has helped countless people charged with all kinds of crimes of violence in Texas. You can count on us to go over everything about your case in great detail when you call (817) 458-3226 or contact our firm online to schedule a free consultation.
Many crimes of violence are listed under Title 5 of the Texas Penal Code in a section referred to as “Offenses Against the Person.” Crimes listed under this title include assaultive offenses, offenses against the family, and criminal homicide.
Some of the specific kinds of violent crimes a person may be charged with include, but are not limited to:
According to Texas Penal Code § 22.01, an individual can be charged with assault if they:
This crime could be a Class C misdemeanor, Class B misdemeanor, Class A misdemeanor, or a third-degree or second-degree felony.
As defined in Texas Penal Code § 22.02, an individual can be charged with aggravated assault if they commit an assault offense and cause serious bodily injury to another person or commit the assault with a deadly weapon. Aggravated assault is also commonly referred to as assault with a deadly weapon. A conviction for aggravated assault is generally punishable as a second-degree or first-degree felony.
An individual can be charged with unlawful restraint under Texas Penal Code § 20.02 if they intentionally or knowingly restrain another person against their will. A conviction for this offense can result in a Class A misdemeanor, state jail felony, or third-degree felony.
An individual can be charged with kidnapping under Texas Penal Code § 20.03 if they intentionally and knowingly abduct another person against their will. A conviction for this offense is a third-degree felony.
Charges of disorderly conduct may be filed if a person is accused of disturbing the peace, including abusive language, fighting or firing a gun. Deadly conduct involves behavior that puts another in imminent danger of death.
According to Texas Penal Code § 19.02, an individual can be charged with murder if they:
A conviction for this offense is punishable as a second-degree or first-degree felony.
As defined in Texas Penal Code § 19.04, an individual can be charged with manslaughter if they recklessly cause the death of another person. A conviction for this offense is punishable as a second-degree felony.
For many violent crimes in Dallas, an individual is required to have a certain mental state, or act in an intention, reckless or knowing manner. Mental states are generally subjective, or unique to each person, so it can be difficult for the prosecution to prove a certain mental state.
Texas Penal Code § 6.03 establishes the following definitions for culpable mental states:
● A person acts with criminal negligence, or is criminally negligent, with respect to circumstances surrounding their conduct or the result of their conduct when they ought to be aware of a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the circumstances exist or the result will occur. The risk must be of such a nature and degree that the failure to perceive it constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that an ordinary person would exercise under all the circumstances as viewed from the actor ’s standpoint.
The penalties for violent crimes in Texas can vary depending on the severity of the offense, whether a deadly weapon was used in the commission of the offense, whether death or bodily injury resulted from the offense, whether the alleged offender has any previous criminal conviction, and whether the victim was an elderly or disabled individual. The general penalties for most violent crimes are as listed below.
In certain situations, you may have a defense to your alleged offense. However, these defenses are not applicable to every case, so it is important to first consult with your criminal defense lawyer to determine what your best legal strategy may be.
According to Chapter 9 of the Texas Penal Code, the following defenses may be available to criminal defendants in Texas:
● Self Defense — Self defense may be an applicable defense in situations where the alleged offender used necessary force to protect himself from another person’s attack or if they thought another person was going to cause them serious bodily injury or death.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice — View a link to the Texas Victim Services Division. This division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice provides service to crime victims and their families. This link is to services provided by the Victim Impact Unit, which include the Texas Crime Victim Clearinghouse (TxCVC), Victim Impact Statement, Crime Victim Assistance Standards and an online resources directory for victims.
The National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) — The mission of the National Center for Victims of Crime is to forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. This national nonprofit organization provides assistance to individuals who are victims of violent crimes, in addition to individuals, families and communities that have been harmed by crimes of violence. Learn more about their work and getting help.
If you were arrested for a violent crime in the Weatherford area, it will be critical for you to make sure that you have legal representation as soon as possible? Make sure that the first person you talk to about your offense is an attorney.
The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy knows how frightening these kinds of criminal charges can be and we will work closely with you to help you get through this difficult time. You can have us take a closer look at your case and discuss everything with you when you call (817) 458-3226 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.
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