Assault charges can range from a Class C Misdemeanor to a First-Degree Felony in Texas. If you’re convicted of a Class C misdemeanor then you can only be punished by paying a fine up to $500 and court costs, you cannot be sentenced to serve time in jail. If you’re convicted of a First-Degree Felony then you can be sentenced to at least 5 years and up to 99 years in a Texas prison. Choosing the right criminal lawyer for your case is essential.


If you’re arrested for assault then the prosecutor must prove any one of a number of facts and a culpable mental state in order for a jury to find you guilty. If the assault is charged as a misdemeanor, that means the prosecutor must prove you intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly: committed an overt act that a reasonable person would find as offensive or provocative, or actually caused bodily injury to another person, or threatened the other person with imminent bodily injury. If the assault is charged as a felony, or “aggravated,” then the prosecutor must prove you intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly: used a weapon, or caused serious bodily injury, or attempted to choke/strangle another person, or the other person was disabled, or elderly or a public servant.

If you’re convicted of an Assault with Bodily Injury on a Family Member or Assault with Domestic Violence, you will lose the right to legally own, possess, purchase or transport a firearm. Furthermore, you can never enlist in the military and you may be disqualified from obtaining many types of professional licensing and employment.

Assault charges normally fall within one of the following categories:

  • Aggravated Assault
  • Assault Causing Bodily Injury
  • Assault Causing Bodily Injury on a Family Member / Domestic Violence
  • Assault by Strangulation
  • Assault on a Public Servant
  • Injury to a Child
  • Harassment
  • Injury to Elderly/Disabled Person
  • Intoxication Assault
  • Terroristic Threat
  • Stalking
  • Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is a highly complicated and sensitive area of the law with many subcategories of offensive or criminal acts. If you’re accused of a sexual assault or a sexual offense, your lawyer must have specialized legal training, knowledge and experience to competently defend you. And your lawyer must work with a team of forensic experts and investigators to build your defense. Lawyer Mary Beth Harrell has the training, knowledge, experience and team dedicated to building your defense.


At the Harrell Law Firm, we have a team of hardworking individuals committed to protecting your rights. If you have been accused of assault, we will work with you to build an individualized and comprehensive defense. Contact us today by calling (254) 680-4655 so we can protect your rights.

We represent clients throughout Bell County, Coryell County, Lampasas County, McLennan County & Williamson County in Texas. The Harrell Law Firm works with U.S. Magistrate Court, Fort Hood and U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, Waco.