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 in Texas 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 San Antonio violent crimes 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 to speak with a violent crime lawyer near you.

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
  • Sex 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.

 Texas Violent Crimes FAQ

Can I be charged with a violent crime if the other person provoked me?

  • In Texas, self-defense is a valid legal defense against charges of violent crimes if you reasonably believed that using force was necessary to protect yourself or others from imminent harm. However, the circumstances surrounding the incident will determine the applicability of this defense.

What should I do if I've been accused of a violent crime in Texas?

  • If you've been accused of a violent crime in Texas, it's crucial to seek legal representation immediately. Refrain from speaking to law enforcement or making any statements until you have consulted with a qualified criminal defense attorney.

Are there defenses available for violent crime charges?

  • Yes, several defenses may be available depending on the circumstances of the case, such as self-defense, defense of others, lack of intent, mistaken identity, alibi, or insufficient evidence. A skilled defense attorney can assess your case and determine the most effective defense strategy.

What is the statute of limitations for violent crimes in Texas?

  • The statute of limitations for violent crimes in Texas varies depending on the specific offense. For most violent crimes, there is no statute of limitations, meaning charges can be filed at any time after the commission of the offense.

What are the consequences of a violent crime conviction?

  • A violent crime conviction in Texas can have severe and long-lasting consequences, including significant prison sentences, hefty fines, mandatory participation in rehabilitation programs, loss of certain civil rights, and social stigma.

Can I be charged with a violent crime based solely on someone's accusation?

  • While accusations alone may lead to investigations, prosecutors must present sufficient evidence to support criminal charges. It's essential to remember that you are presumed innocent until proven guilty, and you have the right to defend yourself against any allegations.

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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.
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  • 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
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  • They handled my case incredibly well and warned me on the possible negative outcomes, overall completely satisfied me through the whole process.
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    A Proven Track Record

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    • Dismissed Assault Family Violence Domestic Violence

      Our client received an arrest warrant for an alleged assault on his brother’s girlfriend. He needed the warrant cleared so that he could be considered for a job he was applying for.

    • No Charges Filed Sexual Assault Investigation

      Our client was a UT student who was accused of sexual assault. He came to our firm extremely scared about his future both with the university and within the criminal justice system. With our firm's help, he was able to show that his accuser was not credible. Smith and Vinson put together a defense that law enforcement recognized as credible evidence of his innocence and not to file charges which changed the course of our client's life.

    • Case Dismissed Aggravated Robbery

      Our client was accused of robbing another person at gunpoint for some sneakers along with a co-defendant and getaway driver. We investigated the evidence and discovered that it was the co-defendant who arranged for the purchase of the sneakers, and that surveillance video disproved the State’s theory that a gun was brandished or that our client knew what was going on.

    • Dismissed Assault Family Violence

      During a dispute with her boyfriend, our client threw a brass statue against a wall, which ended up bouncing and hitting him. He called the police and our client was arrested for Assault Family Violence.

    • Dismissed DWI

      Our client left 6 th Street at 2:00 AM after celebrating an anniversary and fell asleep at the wheel. He was arrested for DWI at 4:30 AM and blew a .138 on the breathalyzer. The Prosecutor was initially unwilling to negotiate, but we found favorable evidence on the dash cam video, which lead us to question the validity of our client’s consent to take a breathalyzer test.

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