Assault is defined when a person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another, including their spouse. It is also defined as when a person intentionally or knowingly threatens another with imminent bodily injury, including their spouse. Last but not least, assault is when a person intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another knowing that that person perceives the contact as offensive and provocative.
Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is a felony, and in the state of Texas the penalty for this conviction can be severe. If you are not a U.S. citizen a charge such as this can lead to deportation or the denial of citizenship. In addition, you could face jail or prison and be barred from ever owning a firearm.
Assault to a family member can easily go from being a one time charge and a misdemeanor to a felony, if there is a second offense. Often times a small family dispute can turn into a serious matter when the police are called, depending on prior circumstances. Without a good defense lawyer it is difficult to get a charge of assault on a family member dismissed. These felony charges can lead to jail, time in prison, and potentially the loss of all rights to your children and the right to be around certain family members.
Sexual assault is a violent crime, and unfortunately the United States has the highest rape rate of any industrialized nation. Rape remains the silent crime because of the doubt that victims are telling the truth about their experiences, this causes others to keep it to themselves instead of reporting it. Every year in Texas alone, more than 226,000 children and 104,000 adults are raped.
The Harris County District Attorney’s office notified defense lawyers on Wednesday that a crime-scene investigator made errors in 65 cases.
In a newly obtained video, a Houston Police officer is seen balling his fist, punching a woman in the face and slamming her to the floor of a drunk-tank cell after she swung her elbow at the officer while questioning the no-refusal blood test.
The Harris County District Attorney's Office has dismissed 90 pending misdemeanor and felony drug cases after a deputy improperly destroyed evidence at the Precinct 4 Constable's Office.
The Harris County District Attorney's Office is forced to throw out more than 140 cases so far after it was discovered over 21,000 pieces of evidence was destroyed by the Precinct 4 Constable's Office.
The Harris County District Attorney's office is re-evaluating a decade's worth of DWI cases. This comes after the credentials of an expert witness, a toxicology analyst, were called into question.
There are over 1,000 cases under review because of the misuse of evidence. While 142 have been dismissed thus far, there has been a high number of cases in which evidence has been destroyed - most of the cases involving drug crimes.
After and expert's qualifications have been questioned, there are nearly 10 years of DWI cases being under review in Harris County.
After being questioned about her credentials in DWI cases, a woman responds publicly.
Expert witness has been accused of lying on the stand and moved down to a lower level position.