Texas Self Defense Laws Available in Many Assault Cases

Dallas citizens arrested on assault charges know that there are serious ramifications. Any crime of violence can effect of persons future. Employers will seldom hire a person who has an assault conviction on their record.

Texas has self defense laws in place which often apply when criminal assault charges have been filed. Under Texas law a person can use force against another person if they have a reasonable belief that force is immediately necessary to protect himself from another person’s use or attempted use of unlawful force.

One key element to self defense is “reasonable belief”. Under Texas self defense law a reasonable belief is the type of belief a reasonable prudent person in the defendant’s position would feel it was necessary to use physical force. This means the fact finder in a case, jury or judge, must review the evidence from the defendant’s point of view at the time of the assault.

If a person is charged with assault in Texas his or her criminal lawyer must carefully review the surrounding facts to determine if the laws of self defense apply to the clients specific fact situation.

 

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