Assault and Violent Offenses

Get the Ammunition You Need To Fight Back!

Whether it is assault, domestic violence, or a violent crime like murder, these cases can be extremely difficult to defend.  Frequently, these cases hinge on one person's testimony against the defendant.  It is important to start a defense immediately to fight the allegations.  Examples of assaultive offenses are:

  • Assault-Bodily Injury (Class A Misdemeanor)
  • Assault-Bodily Injury of a Family Member (Class A Misdemeanor)
  • Assault-Choking a Family Member (3rd Degree Felony)
  • Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (2nd Degree Felony)
  • Aggravated Assault causing Serious Bodily Injury (Typically 2nd Degree Felony, but can be 1st Degree Felony)
  • Murder (1st Degree Felony)
  • Capital Murder (Capital Felony - Death Penalty or Life in Prison)

Family Violence

Family violence is taken very seriously by the State.  Assault-Bodily Injury of a Family Member is a Class A Misdemeanor, but a subsequent charge becomes a 3rd Degree Felony.  This is true even if the first family violence charge resulted in a Deferred Adjudication.  The rights to own and possess firearms may also be at stake.  It is probably the most punitive misdemeanor offense.  As a former prosecutor, Colin McLaughlin is a criminal defense attorney in Fort Worth who has the trial skills to defend against these difficult charges.    

Serious Lawyer for Serious Cases

Charged with a violent crime, like murder?  As a former prosecutor with over 40 felony trials and 20 appeals, Colin McLaughlin can help.  He has the skills, knowledge, and tenacity to fight for you.  The State will put their best prosecutors on your case.  Put a former top prosecutor on your side to fight back.  Call 817-482-6263 immediately so that we can start going to battle for you.  Colin knows the State's playbook, and he will aggressively attack the weaknesses in the State's case.  

Self-Defense

Did someone leave you no choice but to defend yourself?  The law has specifically carved out a self-defense exception to protect you.  

Texas Penal Code Section 9.31 states that “a person is justified in using force against another when and to the degree the actor reasonably believes the force was immediately necessary to protect the actor against the other's use or attempted use of unlawful force...”  In other words, an individual typically can use force to defend against another person's unlawful force if it is immediately necessary for protection.  

There are numerous exceptions and expansions to the law on self-defense.  For example, a person typically can't use deadly force to defend against non-deadly force.  But, even that is not a hard and fast rule.  With all the nuances of self-defense, you need an experienced attorney to defend you.  Colin McLaughlin is that attorney!