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If you’ve been charged with assault or aggravated assault, you could be facing serious penalties. During this time, it is important you understand the consequences you face and you seek out an experienced Austin criminal attorney who can help you get the best outcome possible.
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Understanding Texas Assault Law
The state of Texas breaks up assault into two main categories, simple assault and aggravated assault. While aggravated assault comes with more severe a punishment, in both instances of assault you could face incarceration or heavy fines.
The important thing to understand is that no actual contact has to occur in order for the state to consider it assault. There only needs to be the threat of harm by the offender that leaves reasonable cause for the victim to believe they are about to be harmed.
What is Simple Assault?
Simple assault consists of intentionally, knowingly:
- Recklessly causing bodily injury to another person.
- Threatening another person with bodily injury.
- Causing physical contact with another that the victim finds provocative or offensive.
If you are being charged with a simple assault you may face the following penalties:
- Class A Misdemeanor – anywhere between 2 to 20 years in jail and/or a fine of $4,000.
- Class B Misdemeanor – up to 180 days in jail and/or $2,000.
- Class C Misdemeanor – a fine up to $500.
What is Aggravated Assault?
An assault that is more severe than simple assault is called aggravated assault. To be considered aggravated assault it must fit the following criteria:
- Intentionally, knowingly and recklessly causing serious bodily harm to another
- Using or displaying a deadly weapon while committing a crime. This can include threatening someone or engaging in offensive conduct.
Deadly Contact: If you have recklessly engaged in a manner that has impending risks of another person suffering severe injury or if you recklessly discharge a firearm at another person, or towards a house, building or car without regard to whether or not it is occupied.
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Penalties for Aggravated Assault in Texas
The penalties for someone who has been charged with aggravated assault include:
- Second Degree Felony – 2 to 20 years in jail and $10,000 fine
- First Degree Felony – 5 to 00 years in prison and $10,000 fine
Deadly Misconduct Penalties:
- Class A Misdemeanor – up to 1 year in jail and/or fine of $4,000
- Third Degree Felony – 2 to 10 years prison and up to $10,000 fine
As with simple assault, in Texas, if you’ve been charged with aggravated assault, you may be required to pay restitution to the victim of the assault. Restitution means reimbursing the victim for medical bills, counseling or therapy costs and the cost to repair or replace property.
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