Dallas Assault and Battery Attorneys
Assault and battery are closely related crimes associated with the physical abuse of another. These are common charges as they can result from arguments that get out of hand as well as from domestic violence. Unfortunately, though, sometimes these emotional situations can lead to wrongful assault and battery charges if one person chooses to accuse the other of making threats or committing physical violence.
If you have been accused of one or both of these crimes, you are still innocent until proven guilty. Contact a Dallas assault and battery defense lawyer at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-845-7007 to learn more about your rights before divulging information to the authorities.
Assault vs. Battery
Although many people use the terms assault and battery interchangeably, they are actually considered to be different crimes. Assault is any form of action intended to cause physical harm to an individual. This does not necessarily imply that the violent action was actually performed. Even the threat of committing the physical violence is enough for assault charges, such as verbally threatening physical violence.
On the other hand, battery involves actual physical violence. In order to be accused of battery, an injury must have directly occurred as a result of the defendant’s act of aggression. However, assault and battery charges are often combined into one charge since the person carries out the threat of violence when they commit battery.
The key to proving assault and battery is proving intent. If you did not intend to commit the crime, it is essential to fight the charge. At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, we thoroughly investigate our client’s cases to ensure an aggressive defense. Contact the Dallas assault and battery defense attorneys from our offices today at 214-845-7007 for experienced legal representation.