It is a common misconception in Texas that an alleged victim of an assault can simply "drop" charges or decide not to press charges. Although alleged victims of assault are almost always contacted by a prosecutor or police, alleged victims do not have an absolute ability to get an assault charge dismissed. In a criminal case, the parties are the State of Texas and the accused. This is a criminal prosecution where the prosecuting attorney is the one who decides to prosecute the accused. Many prosecutors operate under the belief that if an alleged victim wants to drop charges or not have the case prosecuted, that they are protecting the accused for any one of a number of reasons.
Assault cases alleging spousal abuse or family violence are especially concerning to Austin police and prosecutors, as these types of cases are usually very emotional for all involved and will almost always contain allegations of
bodily injury to a family member.
Austin Assault Defense Lawyer Kevin Bennett
If you have been arrested assault or assault causing bodily injury to a family member and are confused or unsure how to proceed, please call Attorney Kevin Bennett at (512) 476-4626. You may also contact us through