A criminal charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is at the least considered a second degree felony by the state of Texas. Conviction of such a crime is accompanied by a jail sentence that ranges from two to 20 years. Recently, a client reached out to us after they had been arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Dallas County. After our attorneys presented a defense case before the Grand Jury, his charges were reduced to misdemeanor assault.
Crimes such as aggravated assault are commonly presented before a Grand Jury in order for an indictment to be made because they qualify as felony crimes. This type of jury is utilized by the United States to determine whether a criminal indictment should be made. During a hearing before a Grand Jury, the prosecuting party will be required to show a reasonable amount of evidence to warrant an indictment and the defense will be allowed to respond to the prosecution. Depending on what the Grand Jury decides given the evidence provided during the hearing, the original charges will either be approved for a criminal trial to proceed or reduced and tried according to the new charges. This was the setting in which our defense attorney was able to have the charges against our client reduced from a second degree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon to a misdemeanor assault.
While a felony assault charge carries severe penalties for conviction, the penalties associated with misdemeanor assault crimes are significantly lighter. A simple misdemeanor assault charge is typically given a sentence of not more than one year spent in a county jail and a possible fine of no more than $4,000. If you are facing criminal charges and need the help of an experienced and capable criminal defense lawyer in Dallas,
contact the D'Amore Law Firm today to discuss your case.