In Texas, assault is defined as knowingly causing physical injury to another person. A person who threatens another person, or who makes physical contact with another in a way that is meant to be offensive can also be charged with assault.
All of the actions described in the definition of assault are considered a class A misdemeanor, but these charges can be increased to felony charges under certain circumstances.
You can be charged with a 3rd-degree felony if:
A charge of aggravated assault occurs if:
The charge for this offense is a second-degree felony. It can be increased to a first-degree felony if the person assaulted was:
The normal penalties for misdemeanors or felonies include a fine or jail time. The court can decide if it wants to impose one or the other or both punishments.
For a class A misdemeanor, you are looking at a fine of up to $4,000, jail time of up to one year, or both.
Felony charges are a little steeper. They include:
Texas also has laws against “family violence.” The term is defined to include a member of the family or a member of the household, whether the person is related or not. This means assault against a live-in girlfriend or boyfriend is considered family violence – even though the person isn’t a member of your family, they are a member of your household.
Like assault, family violence is defined as knowingly and willfully committing violence on a member of your family or a member of your household. It is an all-encompassing term that can be used to describe:
Assault charges can be intimidating – they carry thousands of dollars in fines and can land a person in jail for years, and possibly even decades. If you have been falsely accused of assaulting someone, know that you are in for the battle of your life. The state of Texas does not take kindly to people charged with assault, and you will need to work hard to prove your innocence.
The same is true of people accused of assault family violence. If you are even suspected of committing assault family violence, you can be arrested and put in jail. You may know you are innocent, but it can be an uphill battle convincing others of this fact.
In these cases, it may be beneficial to contact a criminal defense lawyer about your case. Your lawyer will be the one person who will be looking out for you – they will ensure your rights aren’t being compromised, and that you are given fair treatment every step of the way. A lawyer who is well-versed with Texas assault laws can put together a case with the sole purpose of divining the best outcome for you.
The criminal defense lawyers at Tress Law Firm can put your mind at ease. Not only does our team have extensive knowledge of the criminal court system in Denton County; we also have great respect for the law and a passion for fighting for the rights of our clients. If you’ve been accused of assault, you need to have the right firm in your corner. Give us a call to discuss your case.