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What Is Considered Assault in Texas?

Texas Penal Code § 22.01 defines assault as:

  • Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury to another;
  • Threatening another with imminent bodily injury; or
  • Causing physical contact with another when the offender knows or has reason to believe that the other will regard said contact as offensive or provocative.

This could be done by threatening to attack or injure someone, physically hitting, slapping, or punching them, throwing an object at their person, and a number of other actions. There is also aggravated assault, which is defined in § 22.02 as assault involving serious bodily injury and / or the exhibition of a deadly weapon during the commission of the assault.

What Can You Be Charged With?

Simple assault can be charged as a Class B or Class A misdemeanor, or as a third-degree felony depending on the degree of injury and whether or not the offense was against an officer, firefighter, paramedic, or other public servant. Aggravated assault is a second- or first-degree felony.

Class B misdemeanors incur a fine of up to $2,000, a jail sentence of up to a year, or both. First-degree felonies incur a prison sentence of 5 years to life, as well as a fine of up to $10,000.

Charged with Assault? Get a Free Consultation!

Do not hesitate to retain a Denton County criminal defense attorney from Haugen Law Firm, P.C. if you have been arrested for assault or any other crime. Attorney Haugen thoroughly prepares for each case and has a reputation of success. Fill out the firm's free case evaluation form today to schedule a case evaluation where we can discuss the various factors of your case and determine your legal options.

Contact us as soon as possible in order to maximize your chances of a successful defense.

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