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Being charged or accused of a crime, whether a traffic violation, DUI, misdemeanor, felony, or more, can carry serious consequences that may affect your employment, marriage, ability to drive and worse of all, threaten your freedom.

At the Law Office of Priscilla Bush, we are not here to judge you but rather to fight for you and your constitutional rights. Particularly, your right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Facing Assault Charges? If so, then you need our effective assault defense team.

Assault Offenses include:

  • Assault
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Injury to a Child, Elderly Individual or Disabled Individual
  • Abandoning a Child or Endangering a Child
  • Deadly Conduct
  • Terroristic Threat

Assault can be a misdemeanor charge or a felony charge depending on the injury or circumstances:

Misdemeanor Assault is defined as intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury to another. Bodily injury means any physical pain, illness, or any impairment of physical condition.

Aggravated Assault is a felony that comes with severe consequences. Anyone can be charged with aggravated assault if the attack caused serious bodily injury or accused of using a deadly weapon during the commission of the offense. Texas law defines "deadly weapon" very broadly and can include many different things.

A person who commits assault has some legal affirmative defenses available:

  1. Self-Defense: The most fundamental of all rights is the right to defend yourself against the attack of another. You are authorized under the Texas Penal Code to use reasonable force to protect yourself.
  2. Defense of Third-Persons: You also have the right to use reasonable force to defend a third person.
  3. Mutual Combat: When both people agree to fight, it is called mutual combat, and it is a defense to prosecution for assault.

Case Results

Dismissed! Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon: Prosecutors charged P.C. with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon based on accusation that she pointed a gun at a woman outside the woman's house. Our team secured first a dismissal then a grand jury no bill on the same charges!

State of Texas vs. P.C.

Dismissed! Assault: School police arrested A.T. for fighting at a local high school. By utilizing the legal defense of mutual combat, Ms. Bush secured a dismissal, and our client was free to return to school.

State of Texas vs. A.E.

Dismissed! Injury to a Child: The State charged B. S. with punching a young child in the face. Our investigation discredited the primary witness's account. Attorney Bush secured a dismissal for this serious charge.

State of Texas vs. B.S.

Assault Family Violence Defense

Penalties for Family Violence Assault Cases Can Be Serious

Family Violence charges carry serious potentially life-changing consequences. If you are charged with assaulting a family member, you need a smart, hard-working Family Violence Attorney to represent you.

It is easy to get charged with an assault that didn't happen.

Many times, family violence cases happen when an argument at home gets out of hand, and one person calls the police. When the police arrive, someone is probably going to jail. A police officer doesn't need an arrest warrant if he has probable cause to believe a person assaulted a member of their family, household, or someone they dated. And often, officers are concerned about the possibility of someone getting seriously hurt or killed if they fail to make an arrest.

For the same reasons, the State takes Domestic Violence charges very seriously. Even if the person who called the police later regrets that call and even if the couple reconciles, the prosecution is going to try to pursue the case.

But we can help.

We Will Aggressively Defend Your Family Violence Charge

Case Results

Dismissed! Assault Family Violence: Prosecutors charged A.M. with assaulting her girlfriend. She faced losing her job and her nursing license if convicted. After a thorough investigation of the facts, Ms. Bush secured a dismissal, saved our client's career, and her nursing license.

State of Texas vs. A.M.

Dismissed! Assault Family Violence: Our client's ex-wife claimed R.E. assaulted her by punching her in the head several times when they exchanged children after visitation. The police got a warrant and arrested R.E. for Assault Family Violence and Interference with a 911 call. Ms. Bush got BOTH charges dismissed outright.

State of Texas vs. R.E.

Dismissed! Assault Family Violence: Officers arrested T.R. when his girlfriend called the police and accused him of assaulting her. Ms. Bush secured a dismissal after holding the State to their burden.

State vs. T.R.

We have a record of Grand Jury "No-Bills" (dismissals) in assault cases. Our knowledge of how to prepare convincing evidence packets and present them to the Grand Jury has saved many of our clients from enduring lengthy prosecutions.

Case Results

"No-Bill" by the Grand Jury: Felony Stalking charge dismissed: T.B.'s soon to be ex-wife accused him of following her and tracking both her vehicle and her phone. Ms. Bush prepared and presented a packet of information that convinced the grand jury to no-bill the felony stalking charge. The prosecution dismissed the case. We saved our client's job and secured his freedom.

State of Texas vs. T.B.

Strangulation Assault Cases are Treated more Severely than other Assault Charges

Typically, Assault is a misdemeanor offense. The State prosecutes misdemeanor assault in county court. However, if the alleged victim claims she was strangled, it is a Third Degree Felony charge.

Assault by strangulation or impeding breathing has the following range of punishment:

  • 2-10 years of confinement in the Texas Department of Correctional Facilities; and
  • up to a $10,000 fine.

If you have been charged with Assault by Strangulation or Choking or Impeding Breathing:

You must have the right criminal defense lawyer. Early intervention from a criminal defense lawyer can make the difference in how your case proceeds. Call the Law Office of Priscilla Bush. We can help.

It is critical to immediately investigate the allegations in a felony assault by strangulation case right away.

What Is Assault by Impeding Breath, sometimes called Strangulation or Choking?

Texas Penal Code Section 22.01(b)(2)(B) states:
The offense is committed by intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly impeding the normal breathing or circulation of the blood of the person by applying pressure to the person's throat or neck or by blocking the person's nose or mouth.

Case Results

Dismissed! Felony Assault: Family Violence Impeding Breath: Our client's girlfriend accused J.O. of assault and strangulation. Prosecutors charged J.O. with a 3rd Degree Felony Assault Family Violence. J.O. was facing 10 years in prison. J.O. hired Attorney Bush after making a damaging statement to the police. First, we were able to convince the District Court Judge to set a reasonable bond and allow J.O. to do a jail walk-thru to avoid an embarrassing arrest at his job. Then after a thorough defense investigation, we got the charge dismissed.

State of Texas vs. J.O.

Dismissed! Felony Impeding Breathing Assault-Family Violence: This domestic violence case was one of two felony assault charged against our client out of the same incident. Our client's mother accused her son of strangling her and punching her in the face. B.S. hired the Law Office of Priscilla Bush and she got BOTH the Assault Family Violence to his mother, and the other felony charge dropped outright.

State of Texas vs. B.S.

What is an Emergency Protective Order in Texas?

After an arrest for Assault Family Violence, the judge will usually issue an Emergency Protective Order. The standard order provides that the person accused cannot go near the accuser's home, work or school for at least 61 days. That is true even if the accuser is living in the accused person's house.

Failure to comply with that order can result in additional criminal charges AND A BOND REVOCATION!

Case Results

Dismissed! Violation of Protective Order: Police arrested R.A. when he showed up at his wife's apartment after a Judge issued an Order of Protection for the wife. Attorney Bush's diligent investigation proved that officers failed to serve R.A. with the Order of Protection. Service of notice is required. Prosecutors dismissed the charges and released R.A. from jail.

State of Texas vs. R.A.

Murder Defense

The highest level of Assaultive Offense is Homicide. Homicide Offenses include:

  • Murder
  • Capital Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Criminally Negligent Homicide

Murder is when a person intentionally or knowingly causes the death of another person. Murder is a First Degree Felony punishable by 5-99 years or life in prison.

Capital Murder is when a person intentionally or knowingly causes the death of a person in the course of committing another offense. Punishment may be life in prison without parole or death.

Manslaughter is when a person recklessly causes the death of another person. The person must have been aware of the significant risk of danger created by his action but made a conscious decision to take that action anyway. Manslaughter is a Second Degree Felony.

Criminally Negligent Homicide is when a person causes the death of another by gross negligence. That means the person deviated so far from the standard of care expected for everyone that he created a circumstance of unnecessary risk. A conviction for Criminally Negligent Murder is a State Jail Felony.

The prosecution has the burden of proving the charges against you. Don't give them anything they may be able to use against you in a trial. Don't speak to the police or anyone else without an attorney.

You Need Representation

If you are facing an Assault, Family Violence or Murder charge, you need a lawyer who will aggressively investigate the case and defend you in court. Call the Law Office of Priscilla Bush for a consultation at 713-333-2656.

Our goal is to have your criminal charge dismissed. We analyze your case looking for the prosecution’s weaknesses (mistakes by the police, witness lies, errors of law) and the best way to overcome the prosecutor's evidence.

The prosecution has the burden of proving the charges against you. Don't give them anything they may be able to use against you in a trial. Don't speak to the police or anyone else without an attorney.

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