Violent Crimes

            Violent crimes in Texas include those where injury or damage is done to another person, or those where the threat or danger of such injury is created.  South Texas prosecutors take these crimes very seriously, and will prosecute them aggressively.  Some of the offenses included in this category:

1.  Assault Causing Bodily Injury, either to a family member or otherwise

2.  Deadly Conduct

3.  Terroristic Threat

4.  Murder and Manslaughter

5.  Kidnapping

6.  Sexual Offenses

These are very serious Charges, and you must start early with an aggressive defense strategy.  Your entire life could literally be changed by the result of this case, and you must take action quickly to protect your rights.  Often the first job of the defense attorney in this type of case will be to assure that the prosecutor is not over-charging you by alleging you committed an act that is more serious than what actually occurred.  This is very common and can be uncovered by a diligent review of the discovery and an investigation of what their evidence actually shows.  You need an attorney familiar enough with the court system to spot problems with the state’s case early and not afraid to take your case to trial in order to expose these weaknesses.  Call me today with your questions about defending you in Bexar and surrounding counties.

There are several approaches to defending violent crimes.  These include self defense or defense of others, lack of intent to commit the crime charged, mistaken identity, DNA evidence, or even using the credibility of the state’s witnesses against them.  It is very important to go into each case with a plan of action and to prepare fully to present your defense in court.  I approach each case by trying to determine what your side of the story is, and then applying the appropriate legal defense to the facts at hand.  Call me to discuss your case today.

Assault Causing Bodily Injury with a Family Violence enhancement is a little different than other assault offenses.  One reason is that they carry a very serious group of implications with a conviction including not being able to own a firearm and an affirmative finding of family violence that will follow you around for the rest of your life.  The other difference is that police officers, in an attempt to diffuse the situation, almost always arrest someone when out on a domestic violence call.  The reasons for this are noble, and domestic violence should never be tolerated, but this does lead to many people being arrested for family violence after a non-violent domestic dispute results in the neighbors calling the police.  I can help you with this situation, call me today to discuss the options you have which could possibly get your case dismissed or reduced to a lesser charge.


Shawn H. Smith is an experienced Criminal Defense attorney serving San Antonio, Seguin, New Braunfels, San Marcos, Floresville and more.  Call today for your free consultation, available nights and weekends for your convenience.




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