Looking at Charges for Assault

Assault is a legal term that's refers to the unlawful threat of violence, but not the actual violence. The violence, or the unwanted physical contact by one person to another, is actually referred to as battery. In the legal world, these two terms are often linked, assault and battery, but each is actually a separate and distinct crime with very serious ramifications including fines and imprisonment. This might be confusing to a lot of people, especially those who have charged with assault and never even touched, or battered, the victim of the crime. Either way, if you've been charged with assault, it's imperative that you contact a lawyer immediately.

Types of Criminal Assault

Criminal Assault, which can be classified as either a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the situation, is linked to several different types of crime - very serious crime, with very serious consequences. The following are a few examples of different types of assault:

  • Sexual assault
  • Verbal assault
  • Aggravated assault
  • Assault and Battery
  • Criminal Assault
  • Civil Assault

It's important to understand that assault requires more than simply a threat or threats of violence or harm. The threats have to be unlawful, meaning the threat must be overt and paired with an ability to carry out the threat. If you're at a red light and the driver in the next car yells at you, this is not an assault in the legal sense. However, if the driver exits and the vehicle and overtly threatens you while raising his fists or holding a tire iron, that could be construed as assault, even if you were never touched by the suspect. It's this distinction that makes it important to contact a knowledgeable attorney from our law office if you or someone you know was charged with assault in Fort Worth. We can review your case and create a strong defense to protect your rights and address this serious charge.

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