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Assault Charges in Texas
In Texas, “assault and battery” is actually considered the same and simply known as assault. Being charged with this type of violent crime can be a serious matter. In addition to serving jail time or paying fines, you could also face a civil lawsuit if the alleged victim decides to seek any damages they incurred.
An act of assault can be one of the following three things:
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury to another individual
- Intentionally or knowingly threatening another person with bodily injury
- Intentionally or knowingly causing physical contact which is considered offensive
According to Texas law, you can be charged with assault from an incident which involves no physical contact. For a threat to be considered a criminal assault, however, it must put the “reasonable fear of injury” into someone else.
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A simple assault that results in minor injuries often a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum jail sentence of one year and fines of up to $4,000. On the other hand, if a simple assault only involved touching or threatening, then it is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by fines of up to $500.
A simple assault can increase to a third-degree felony (maximum prison sentence of 10 years and fines of up to $10,000) if:
- Assault is committed against a security guard or emergency services worker
- Assault is committed against a government official or public servant
- Assault is committed against a family member or person with whom you have a domestic relationship (and you have a prior domestic violence or domestic assault conviction)
An assault that is considered an aggravated assault if serious injury is inflicted or a deadly weapon was used in committing the offense. Aggravated assault is a second-degree felony, punishable by a prison sentence between two and 20 years, as well as fines of up to $10,000.
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