Assault Attorneys in Houston Fighting for Justice
Crimes involving physical attacks or the threat of an attack are considered assault, battery, and sometimes both. A person that commits these crimes, depending on the severity, can be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony.
Several scenarios define assault and battery, from physical violence and threats, verbal abuse, unwanted touching and sexual advances, or domestic disputes involving a weapon. And anyone can be a victim.
Assault cases vary, and some, unfortunately, are more common than others. According to rainn.org, every 68 seconds, a person is sexually assaulted. Only 35 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison as, more often than not, these cases are never reported out of fear or from the victim assuming they will not be taken seriously.
If you are the victim of assault or battery, The Hatchett Law Firm, PLLC is here for you. We help our clients reclaim their lives, seek justice, and get compensation for trauma, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and in some cases, life-altering injuries that prevent them from living and working.
We’re a compassionate team of driven and skilled assault lawyers ready to fight for you. Take the first step in booking a free, no-hassle consultation with our team and find out what’s possible for you: 281-214-6541.
What is Assault?
Assault can happen to anyone—women, children, the elderly, police officers, and more.
Assault is a physical attack or a threat with the intention of causing physical or mental harm. When a victim is fearful or apprehensive of another person’s motive, including when the other person purposefully acts with intent and ill-will, this might be considered an assault case.
There are two types of assault, aggravated and simple. Aggravated assault is any attack or threat of attack where a weapon is involved or any attack in which the victim endures serious bodily harm.
A simple assault, on the other hand, is an attack or threat of attack where a weapon is not involved, and that does not result in serious bodily harm.
In some cases, and depending on the state, a person can be tried for both assault and battery when multiple offenses occur. This could include sexual assault such as rape, added components like reckless driving with an intent to cause harm or verbal assaults.
If you believe you’ve been assaulted and aren’t sure where to turn next, start with a simple phone call. The Hatchett Law Firm, PLLC can help you determine if you have an assault case: 281-214-6541.
What is Battery?
When a person makes intentional, harmful, and offensive contact with another person, this is considered battery. The victim does not actually have to be physically harmed for most states to consider it battery under civil law.
Much like assault, there are two types of battery, including simple and aggravated. Simple battery refers to any situation where there’s contact or use of force with another person that’s considered offensive. Aggravated battery is a result of severe injuries caused by another person and involves the use of a deadly weapon.
Any unwelcome or violent act can be considered battery and, in some cases, assault, too. Examples of battery include:
- Nursing home abuse
- Domestic abuse and battery involving a spouse, domestic partner, or other family members
- Attempted rape
- Unwanted touching or advances
- Grabbing a person with the intent of harming them
Using violence or a physical weapon to threaten a person
There are many nuances to assault and battery. If you need more clarity on your experience, call The Hatchett Law Firm, PLLC and we’ll offer legal support and the guidance you need to move forward with action: 281-214-6541.
What Steps Do I Take to Protect Myself After an Incident?
If you are a victim of assault or battery, first remember that it’s not your fault and another person’s actions do not reflect on you. Victims of assault or battery can feel fearful, paranoid, and shameful and oftentimes aren’t sure what step to take after the shock and distress wear off.
Take care of yourself, first and foremost. These are tips to protect yourself after an incident, which also will help our attorneys with The Hatchett Law Firm, PLLC build a case in the event we need to recover compensation for mental or physical injuries.
- Contact the police immediately and file a report. The timeliness of this is important as details will be fresh, and the police can provide an accurate snapshot through a report. We can use the report as evidence.
- See a physician and get medical attention and treatment. Whether or not you have any visible signs of injury, trauma runs deep, and in physical cases, you might be suffering from internal injuries and not be aware of them. Be safe and get care.
- Call our assault lawyers with The Hatchett Law Firm, PLLC. We will treat everything privately and with no judgment–only compassion and solutions for your situation and how to help improve the outcome for you.
- Stay with a friend or family member for the evening or a few days if you live alone. Get support from people you know and trust, if you can.
While the behaviors of others can’t be prevented, you also can take future steps to protect yourself. Communicate your limits, be assertive, always trust your instincts, and in situations that demand it, you are within your legal rights to defend yourself.
Our assault lawyers with The Hatchett Law Firm, PLLC will be a helpful resource in helping you protect yourself in the future, as well as working through your current situation.
Get a Free Consultation from an Assault Lawyer
Perhaps your physician performs a surgery you don’t need, which results in unnecessary medical bills and injury. In another scenario, a co-worker makes verbal advances in the workplace, though it transitions to unwelcome physical touching.
If you are the victim of assault or battery, you don’t have to go it alone—including enduring any more emotional distress, trauma, or negative changes to your life caused by another person’s poor actions and behavior.
The Hatchett Law Firm, PLLC might be your solution if:
- You have been hit with a dangerous object or weapon
- Someone threatened to harm or kill you
- A gun was pointed at your head
- You were held against your will so a person could steal your belongings and/or rape you
- You sustained injuries that caused life-altering changes
Our assault lawyers with The Hatchett Law Firm, PLLC will be your voice. We’re ready and prepared to hear your case, determine the best course of legal action, and defend you in court. We will help you get your life back on track and work diligently to recover compensation if an assault injury puts you out of work.
Meet our experienced assault attorneys and get the legal support you need right now using our free consultation. Call 281-214-6541 today.