Crimes of Violence

Not all crime victims suffer harm when alleged offenders commit criminal acts, but violent criminal offenses usually result in people sustaining some kind of injury. Prosecutors often use alleged acts of violence against others to seek severe punishments for alleged offenders.

Violent crimes can be misdemeanor or felony offenses in Texas, depending on the nature of the alleged crime, the extent of the injuries the alleged victim suffered, and the alleged offender’s prior criminal record. When a person is accused of one of these types of crimes, it is critical to make sure that the court gets to hear the full scope of the real story behind an alleged crime of violence.

Attorney for Crimes of Violence in Denton, TX

If you were arrested for any kind of violent crime in the greater Denton County area, it is in your best interest to not make any kind of statement to authorities until you have legal counsel. Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy aggressively defends clients accused of violent offenses in The Colony, Argyle, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Lewisville, Little Elm, and many surrounding areas of Denton County.

Denton criminal defense lawyers Richard McConathy and Brian Bolton will work tirelessly to help you achieve the most favorable outcome to your case that results in the fewest possible penalties. Call 940-222-8004 right now to take advantage of afree, confidential consultation that will let our attorneys provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case.


Overview of Violent Crimes in Denton County


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Types of Crimes of Violence in Texas

Title 5 of the Texas Penal Code establishes several different types of “offenses against the person.” Some of the different violent crimes listed under state law in Texas include:

  • Aggravated Assault
  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Deadly Conduct
  • Unlawful Restraint
  • Kidnapping
  • Injury to an Elderly or Disabled Person
  • Manslaughter
  • Terroristic Threats

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Crimes of Violence Defenses in Denton County

Certain justifications or affirmative defenses to criminal charges relating to crimes of violence are established under Chapter 9 of the Texas Penal Code. Depending on the specific conduct alleged against an individual, the following justifications may be presented as a defense against criminal charges:

  • Public duty;
  • Necessity;
  • Self-defense;
  • Deadly force in defense of person;
  • Defense of third person;
  • Protection of life or health;
  • Protection of one's own property;
  • Deadly force to protect property;
  • Protection of a third person's property;
  • Use of a device to protect property; or
  • The use of force—but not deadly force—in parent-child, educator-student, or guardian-incompetent relationship.

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Texas Resources for Crimes of Violence

Victims Assistance Division | Denton County, Texas — The Denton County Criminal District Attorney's Victim Assistance Division serves as a liaison between the victims of violent crime and the criminal justice system. Visit this website to learn more about the rights of crime victims. You can also find links to related organizations.

Denton County Criminal District Attorney
1450 E. McKinney St.
Denton, TX 76209
(940) 349-2600

National Center for Victims of Crime — The National Center for Victims of Crime is a nonprofit organization that advocates for victims' rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a trusted source of information on victims' issues. On this website, you can find all kinds of help for crime victims as well as information about the organization’s programs. You can also read recent news releases and view crime information and statistics.


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Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy | Denton Crimes of Violence Defense Lawyer

Were you arrested in Denton County for allegedly committing any kind of violent crime? You should exercise your right to remain silent until you have legal representation.

Richard McConathy and Brian Bolton are experienced criminal defense attorneys in Denton who represent individuals all over Denton County, including Argyle, The Colony, Little Elm, Lewisville, Highland Village, Flower Mound, and many other nearby communities. They can review your case and answer all your legal questions when you call 940-222-8004 or submit an online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.


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