Aggravated Assault | Criminal Lawyer

Highly recommend! Colin thank you so much for your dedication. Thank you for actually wanting to sincerely help and give us the best outcome we can get. You are by far one of the best. You helped my bf reschedule a court date after it was missed and was able to give him the same plea deal. Thank you again Colin.

Kassandra H

Absolutely wonderful! Collin was fantastic. He really fought for me and I am very happy with the outcome of my case. He really fought for my case to have a positive outcome and was supportive, easy to get ahold of when needed and walked me through everything. I would definitely recommend him to anyone and everyone!!

Stephanie M

I would highly recommend Hoeller McLaughlin. They helped my husband on a probation violation case and did an excellent job. Dustin Trammel was our attorney and he communicated with us and was supportive and helpful throughout the process. Very good legal service and would recommend this firm.

Hillary G

Colin by far has been one of the BEST attorneys in Ft. Worth. His dedication and attentiveness really shows not only in court but with the client and family. Great communication, easy web portal and friendly staff. 5 stars are NOT enough. Thank you Colin

Stephanie Alvarado

I can not say enough about how grateful I am that Dustin Trammel was my attorney! Having no experience with court proceedings, Dustin explained everything and stayed in touch with me the entire time. I couldn’t have asked for a better attorney! Very highly recommend!!

Brenna Mills

Accused of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon in Tarrant County, Texas? We offer experienced Fort Worth and Colleyville criminal defense lawyers and former Tarrant County prosecutors who can provide the best defense in fighting your assault family member charge. All of our criminal defense attorneys are former prosecutors with over 200 combined jury trials.

Partner Colin McLaughlin is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has experience working for the Court of Criminal Appeals, the highest criminal court in Texas. We have offices in Fort Worth and Colleyville, Texas in Tarrant County.

We represent clients on all types of State criminal charges, including drug possession charges, DWI, marijuana charges, sex crimes, crimes against children, theft, fraud, white collar crimes, gun and weapons charges, assault, murder, and violent crimes.

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Our firm has extensive trial experience in criminal defense.  Our criminal defense lawyers in Fort Worth and Colleyville have tried over 200 combined criminal jury trials, including jury trials for DWI, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Sexual Assault, Drug Possession, Gun and Weapons Charges, Burglary of a Habitation, and Capital Murder. In addition, we have reviewed and successfully negotiated thousands of criminal charges.


As former prosecutors in Tarrant, Dallas, and Harris County, our criminal defense lawyers know how the State of Texas will attempt to prosecute you on your criminal charges.  This knowledge will allow our firm to build the best defense in fighting your state or federal criminal charges. All of our criminal lawyers are former Tarrant County prosecutors. We also have former prosecutors who were assigned to specialized units, including DWI prosecution and crimes against children.


Our Fort Worth criminal defense lawyers know the inside and out of each and every aspect of a police investigation and State prosecution, including criminal laws, proper police procedures, DNA and blood forensic evidence, and knowing exactly how the State plans to introduce evidence into trial. Partner Colin McLaughlin is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and formerly clerked at the Court of Criminal Appeals, the state’s highest criminal court.

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In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.




Then you need a criminal defense law firm in Tarrant County, TX that has the knowledge, the dedication, and the trial experience to give you the best defense possible. Partners Bryan Hoeller and Colin McLaughlin are both former Assistant District Attorneys (prosecutors) in Tarrant County. They have extensive experience as criminal defense attorneys in Fort Worth handling thousands of misdemeanor and felony assault charges.

Our lawyers have tried over 200 criminal jury trials, from DWI to Capital Murder.  Colin is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and previously worked at the Court of Criminal Appeals, the State’s Highest Criminal Court. Bryan is a Texas Super Lawyer for 2023 and was previously named a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2018, 2019, and 2020 by Thomson Reuters. He has tried 75 criminal jury trials, including assault trials for Assault Bodily Injury, Aggravated Assault, Assault on a Family Member, Murder, and Capital Murder.  Attorney Dustin Trammel is a former prosecutor in Tarrant County and a Veteran of the United States Army.  He was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2023 and a Top Criminal Attorney by Fort Worth Magazine.


Our strategy is simple: Be 100% committed to holding the State of Texas or the U.S. Government to their burden of proof (Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, the highest burden in any area of law). We accomplish this by thoroughly evaluated your case to make sure you are getting the best criminal defense possible. In addition, we make sure your constitutional rights are not being violated.

Here are some of the questions we consider as well as investigate your aggravated assault charges:

1. Do you have a self-defense claim? Were your actions legally justified under Texas Law?
2. Were you protecting your property or someone else during the aggravated assault?
3. Is there a suppression issue in your case that would throw out some or all of the evidence?
4. Does the weapon qualify as a “deadly weapon” under Texas Law?
5. If there was a search warrant, did the search warrant meet the requirements set out under Chapter 18 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure?
6. If DNA, Toxicology, Fingerprints, Gunshot Residue (GSR) or other law enforcement tests were conducted or administered, were the tests conducted according to their respective forensic guidelines or is there is an issue that would compromise the result?
7. Is there an issue with the background of one or many of the State’s witnesses that would affect the credibility of their testimony?

If you have a question or need us to start on your defense, call our Fort Worth criminal lawyer today for a free confidential consultation on your assault charges – 817-334-7900.

Felony Assault Charges:

  • Assault on a Family Member with a Previous Conviction for Assault on a Family Member (3rd Degree Felony)
  • Assault on a Family Member Impeding Breath or Circulation (3rd Degree Felony)
  • Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (2nd Degree Felony)
  • Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon against a Family Member (1st Degree Felony)
  • Assault on a Peace Officer or Security Guard (3rd Degree Felony)
  • Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer (1st Degree Felony)
  • Sexual Assault (2nd Degree Felony)
  • Aggravated Sexual Assault (1st Degree Felony)
  • Intoxication Assault (3rd Degree Felony)

Misdemeanor Assault Charges:

  • Assault Bodily Injury (Class A Misdemeanor)
  • Assault Bodily Injury on a Family Member (Class A Misdemeanor)
  • Violation of a Protective Order (Class A Misdemeanor)
  • Gun & Weapons charges (UCW)(Class A Misdemeanor)
  • Resisting Arrest (Class A Misdemeanor)
  • Terroristic Threat (Class B Misdemeanor)
  • Terroristic Threat on a Family Member (Class A Misdemeanor)
  • Deadly Conduct (Class A Misdemeanor)

Connect with a Fort Worth Criminal Lawyer

If you’ve found yourself facing a serious felony charge, don’t panic.

We know this is a tough situation to be in, but you still have options. The best way to make sure that those options are in your favor is by hiring a Fort Worth criminal defense lawyer. Your lawyer will advocate for your rights and help you navigate the confusing and frustrating legal process.

Our firm at Hoeller McLaughlin PLLC provides highly reviewed quality legal services to clients throughout Tarrant County. If you would like to learn more about what types of charges we handle, or if you have any other questions regarding our services, please reach out.

It’s important to remember that every case is different, and even if you feel completely hopeless about yours, there are ways to protect yourself from harsh consequences and maybe even have some of these charges reduced, dismissed, or dropped.

If you need a Fort Worth criminal defense lawyer on your side during this difficult time, please contact Hoeller McLaughlin PLLC by calling 817-334-7900 or by filling out the following online contact form.

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