McKinney Violent Crime Defense Lawyer
What Is a Violent Crime in Texas?
Under Texas law, violent crimes refer to a broad category of offenses that lead to or involve physical harm, threats of harm, or the use of force. These crimes are considered more serious than nonviolent crimes and are punished more severely. Violent crimes are sometimes called “personal crimes” because they involve direct contact with the victim.
These offenses include:
- Aggravated assault
- Aggravated battery
- Sexual assault
- Sexual battery
- Sexual assault of a child
Penalties for Violent Crime Convictions
The potential penalties for violent crimes in Texas depend on the nature of the crime, the criminal history of the offender, and other factors that the court may consider during the sentencing phase. In general, the potential penalties for violent crimes in Texas include:
- Prison sentences ranging from a few months to life imprisonment without parole
- Fines ranging from a few hundred to thousands of dollars
- Probation with restrictions and monitoring
- Community service
- Restitution to the victim for damages
Texas law defines several degrees of murder, for example, with varying degrees of severity and accompanying penalties. The worst, capital murder, is punishable by death or life imprisonment without parole, where second-degree murder is punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison.
Assault is another serious violent crime that can expose the perpetrator to significant legal consequences. Texas law differentiates between a number of assault offences, depending on the severity of the harm inflicted and the victim's identity.
- Simple assault - punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000
- Aggravated assault - punishable by 2 to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000
- Domestic assault - punishable by up to one year in jail or 2 to 20 years in prison depending on the victim's injuries and the perpetrator's criminal history
Domestic violence is a specific type of assault involving family members, household members, or romantic partners. It carries heavier legal penalties than simple assault since it often leads to psychological and emotional trauma, the effects of which can take months or years to heal. A conviction can lead to up to one year in jail or 2 to 20 years in prison, depending on the victim's injuries and the perpetrator's criminal history. If there are aggravating circumstances, a defendant may face 2 to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.
The Possibility of Plea Bargains
A plea bargain is a negotiated agreement between a defendant and the prosecutor usually involving reduced charges or sentencing in exchange for a guilty plea. While plea bargains are commonly used in Texas, it is not always in the best interest of the defendant. At Malcolm Miranda & Associates P.C., our experienced attorneys will evaluate each case and determine the best course of action.
Contact Malcolm Miranda & Associates P.C. Today
Texas lawmakers have been enacting tougher laws and longer sentences for violent crimes and law enforcement authorities have taken measures to combat these violent crimes. If you or someone you know has been charged with a violent crime in Texas, do not hesitate to reach out to our McKinney violent crime defense attorneys for legal guidance and representation.
If you have been accused, you need a lawyer who is experienced and aggressive. Our team has years of experience defending clients against violent crime charges. We have a proven track record of success and will fight for you to protect your future and your freedom.
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