Accused of Assault Bodily Injury on a Family member 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 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.
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS | FORT WORTH & COLLEYVILLE, TEXAS
WHAT OUR CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS OFFERS:
EXTENSIVE TRIAL EXPERIENCE – OVER 200 CRIMINAL JURY TRIALS
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.
FORMER PROSECUTORS IN TARRANT, DALLAS, AND HARRIS COUNTY
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.
COLIN MCLAUGHLIN | BOARD CERTIFIED IN CRIMINAL LAW BY THE TEXAS BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION
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.
“PROTECTING YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS!”
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.
– SIXTH AMENDMENT OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
ARRESTED IN TARRANT COUNTY FOR ASSAULT BODILY INJURY ON A FAMILY MEMBER?
EXPERIENCED CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER IN FORT WORTH | BOARD CERTIFIED LAWYERS IN CRIMINAL LAW
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, Colin McLaughlin, and Lindsay Truly and Attorney Dustin Trammel are all 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. All of our attorneys were selected as Top Attorneys in Criminal Defense by Fort Worth Magazine for 2020.
Bryan is a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2018, 2019, and 2020 by Thomson Reuters and has tried 75 criminal jury trials, including assault trials for Assault Bodily Injury, Aggravated Assault, and Assault on a Family Member. 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. Partner Lindsay Truly has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2020 and 2021 by Thomson Reuters and a Top Lawyer by 360 Magazine for 2020 and 2021. Attorney Dustin Trammel is a Fort Worth Magazine Top Attorney for 2020 and is a Veteran of the US Army.
OUR STRATEGY IN FIGHTING YOUR CRIMINAL CHARGE:
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 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 assault?
3. Is there a suppression issue in your case that would throw out some or all of the evidence?
4. Did the officer follow the proper guidelines and police procedures when conducting their investigation?
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?
SOME COLLATERAL CONSEQUENCES WITH A “FAMILY VIOLENCE” ASSAULT OFFENSE:
Any type of an assault on a family member can have severe collateral consequences on your life and any future arrest. Here are some of the collateral consequences involved:
1. If you plea guilty or get convicted of an offense involving family violence, your right to own or possess a gun can be severely limited under State and Federal Law.
2. If you plea guilty or get convicted for Assault Bodily Injury on a Family Member (normally a Class A Misdemeanor), then it’s possible for the State to enhance any future arrest for the same offense to a felony (Assault Bodily Injury on a Family with a Previous Conviction is a 3rd Degree Felony, with a range of punishment from 2 to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine).
3. If you hold any type of license for employment, than getting getting arrested, pleading guilty, and/or getting convicted of a family violence offense can cause you to lose your license.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DIVERSION PROGRAM (PRE-TRIAL DIVERSION):
The Domestic Violence Diversion Program, which targets domestic violence, or violence between intimate partners is funded by a grant from the Criminal Justice Division of the Governor’s office. Select clients charged with Domestic Violence in Tarrant County Criminal Court No. 5 are placed into the Pre-Trial Diversion Court which monitors the client’s progress in a non-adversarial manner, and is in lieu of traditional case processing (i.e. pleading guilty and getting on deferred probation, which can have many collateral consequences). Clients are selected for program participation after undergoing a comprehensive screening and assessment process and meeting the following eligibility criteria:
- Partner-on-partner violence,
- No current or prior violations of protective orders,
- No stalking activity,
- No open warrants,
- No other pending charges,
- No prior history of diversion,
- Commitment to completing a prescribed program, and
- Consent of victim for offender participation.
This court is unique because it combines the judicial function with case management, victim assistance and an assessment process. The project includes services specifically dedicated to preventing, identifying and responding to violent crimes against partners as they relate to domestic violence.
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 – 877-208-3382.
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)