Assault refers to a criminal act that causes physical harm to another person or that puts another person in fear of imminent harm. Some examples of assault include punching someone or even just swinging at someone. People can face assault accusations even if they never come into contact with someone.
Assault charges can be very serious whether the accused is an adult or a juvenile. These allegations can result in harsh consequences for juveniles, even if they caused minor injuries or even no injuries at all. In fact, the juvenile courts want to set an example for minors in hopes of deterring possibly harmful conduct in the future, which is one reason why you should always take your child’s assault case extremely seriously.
Dallas defense lawyer J. Michael Price II has extensive experience handling juvenile assault case. Contact the office right away if your child has been arrested and accused of any degree of assault.
Defending Against Assault Allegations
Many young people get in fights or defend themselves against bullying or other dangers. When a young person starts a fight or fights back, they often do not consider the possibility that they can get arrested and face the possibility of criminal penalties and a record. Unfortunately, they do not appreciate the consequences of fighting until it is too late and they are detained.
It is always imperative to put forth the strongest possible defense against juvenile assault charges. There are many ways to defend against assault allegations, including:
- Mistaken identity - Sometimes, a juvenile may be falsely accused of assault because they were mistaken for the person who was in a fight. An attorney can demonstrate if your child had an alibi and show that the charges stemmed from mistaken identity.
- Self-defense - Just like adults, juveniles have the right to defend themselves by using reasonable force if they believe they were in imminent danger of harm.
- Defense of others - Juveniles may also use reasonable force to protect others from the imminent threat of harm.
A skilled defense lawyer will know how to review the circumstances of what happened and identify all possible legal defenses in your child’s case.
We can also discuss your child’s situation with the juvenile court to try to obtain the least serious consequences for assault charges. For example, we can present many mitigating factors regarding your child’s life and past to try to get them participation in pre-adjudication programs instead of an adjudication of guilt and traditional sentencing.
Do Not Wait to Consult with a Dallas Juvenile Assault Defense Lawyer
You never want to fail to take your child’s assault accusations seriously, as it can lead to unnecessarily harsh penalties and effects on their future. Instead, you should immediately call Dallas juvenile defense attorney J. Michael Price II to begin defending your child against these serious allegations. Call 214-765-8000 or contact us online for a no-cost consultation about how we can help in your child’s juvenile case.