Violent Crimes Facing Criminal Charges? Protect Your Freedom Before Time Runs Out

San Antonio Violent Crimes Defense Attorneys

Serving Clients Throughout Central Texas

Violent crimes are those involving force or the threat of force against another individual. Because violence is involved, these crimes carry severe consequences that can negatively affect your life and liberties. The penalties for a violent crime conviction can include a prison sentence as well as heavy fines. These crimes also give you a permanent criminal record that can make it difficult to obtain employment, housing, professional licenses, student loans, and other federal aid. Because of these life-changing consequences, it is imperative that you seek representation from a skilled criminal defense attorney.

At Smith & Vinson Law Firm, our San Antonio violent crimes defense lawyers have a stellar reputation and track record in handling criminal cases. Our attorneys are trial lawyers who always prepare your case with thorough care and attention to detail. One of our attorneys is a former prosecutor which adds further professional knowledge, skill, and insight to our aggressive defense strategies.

Learn how Smith & Vinson Law Firm can help you in a free case evaluation. Contact us at (210) 960-9557 as soon as possible.

Violent Crimes in Texas

At Smith & Vinson Law Firm, we are completely familiar with all types of violent crimes. Our legal team is fully prepared to help build a strong defense on your behalf for a wide range of these types of crimes.

Violent crimes include:

  • Armed robbery
  • Assault
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Vehicular assault
  • Arson
  • Battery
  • Burglary
  • Child abuse
  • Carjacking
  • Domestic violence
  • False imprisonment
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Kidnapping
  • Violent gang-related crimes
  • Negligent homicide
  • Hate crimes
  • Firearm crimes
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Terrorist crimes
  • Weapons charges

What's the Difference Between Assault and Battery in Texas?

In Texas, the terms "assault" and "battery" are often used interchangeably, but they have distinct legal definitions. While assault involves the threat or attempt to cause harm, battery specifically requires the act of physically touching another person in a harmful or offensive manner in the state of Texas. 

To further elaborate, assault in Texas refers to the intentional threat or attempt to cause physical harm to another person, creating a reasonable fear of imminent bodily harm. It's important to note that actual physical contact is not required for an assault charge; the mere act of threatening or attempting harm is sufficient. Assault is categorized into different degrees based on factors such as the severity of the threat and the relationship between the parties involved.

On the other hand, battery in Texas involves intentional and unlawful physical contact with another person that causes bodily injury or offensive physical contact. Unlike assault, battery requires actual physical harm or offensive contact to occur. The severity of a battery charge may vary based on factors such as the extent of the injuries sustained and the presence of any aggravating factors. 

Penalties for Violent Crimes in Texas

When it comes to violent crimes, you can expect law enforcement and prosecutors to aggressively pursue the charges and a conviction. How you are charged will depend on the nature of the crime. Many violent crimes are charged as felonies. In cases where a victim was injured or killed in the crime, heavy penalties will be sought.

If you are being investigated or have been arrested for a violent crime in or around San Antonio, we highly recommend that you consult with an experienced San Antonio criminal defense attorney at our firm. We can conduct a thorough investigation into the charges to determine the most effective defense strategy. We urge you to let us use our extensive resources on your behalf.

Call (210) 960-9557 to find out how our violent crime attorneys can protect your future. Arrange for a free consultation today.

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  • Attorney Brad Vinson was informative, professional yet sympathetic with his approach to my case. Mr. Vinson was open to opinion and ensured that all legal avenues were considered and addressed before presenting a course of action.
    - Michael
  • Having no background in law and finding myself in a situation that left me feeling extremely vulnerable, I felt quickly at ease in their care. They were very reasonable with my situation and helped work around my needs by providing me with the most support
    - Andrew
  • They handled my case incredibly well and warned me on the possible negative outcomes, overall completely satisfied me through the whole process.
    - Elmer Marqueiz
  • Very professional, on time and educates you along the whole process. I had a lot to lose and you guys gave it all back to me and finally represented what true Justice is here in America.
    - Manuel R.

    A Proven Track Record

    Check Out Our Recent Case Results
    • Charges Dismissed Assault Bodily Injury Family Violence

      Our client was unfortunately in a bad relationship that was ending but before the end her boyfriend decided he was going to secure some property that didn’t belong to him. This led to an argument and for Police to ultimately be called. Our client didn’t want anyone to end up in jail so she downplayed the pushing that had been going on only to realize that the boyfriend had saved his own skin.

    • Charges Dismissed Sexual Assault Investigation

      Our client was a Texas State student who had a bright career ahead of him. He was accused of sexual assault by a classmate and an overzealous law enforcement officer proceeded to arrest him without a thorough investigation. Our team was able to fight for our client by putting together a defense that showed that the actions between the two were consensual and that his accuser had ulterior motives. The District Attorney's Office agreed and dismissed the case.

    • Charges Dismissed Sexual Assault

      Our client met a woman on a dating app who claimed that she was sexually assaulted. We assisted our client in interviewing with the police. He was facing up to 20 years in prison and lifetime sex offender registration. After Smith and Vinson's thorough review of the case and careful negotiations, the case against him was dismissed by the District Attorney's Office.

    • Dismissed Terroristic Threat

      Our client was reportedly heard making terroristic threats by some members of his seventh-grade class. Police charged him with a felony. Our client was a boy scout who was well-liked by teachers but had developed ADHD and was being bullied. The State offered our client 1 year of deferred probation.

    • Cases Rejected Pre-Indictment Three Counts of Aggravated Assault of a Deadly Weapon

      Our client was sitting on his balcony when he saw his neighbors in the parking lot mistreating an animal. He told them to stop, and the threatened him. He went inside to retrieve his firearm, but he never threatened the neighbors back.

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