The term “assault” can refer to a broad range of offenses that vary in nature and degree. The relationship between the alleged offender and the alleged victim is also relevant in determining the type of assault charge. While assaultive offenses in Texas can be considered either felonies or misdemeanors, convictions carry serious consequences that can have lasting effects on your freedom and your future. Here’s what you need to know if you or a loved one is currently facing a misdemeanor assault charge in Texas.
Some Basic Definitions
According to the Texas penal code, an assault occurs when a person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to someone else or threatens another with imminent bodily injury. A person can also be charged with assault if they intentionally or knowingly cause unwanted, offensive, or provocative physical contact with another. In general, the more severe the circumstances of the offense, the more likely it is that the individual will face felony charges.
Most assault charges involving the intentional, knowing, or reckless causing of bodily injury to another person are considered a Class A misdemeanor. Under certain circumstances, such as if the alleged victim is a public servant who is actively on duty or a family member, the charge may be raised to a felony. For assault charges involving the threat of imminent bodily injury or intentionally causing offensive physical contact with another person, defendants can expect to face Class C misdemeanor charges, unless the offense is committed against an elderly, disabled, pregnant, or other specified individuals.
Fighting for Your Future
Although misdemeanor offenses are not as serious as felony charges, the penalties can still carry significant consequences. If convicted of a Class A misdemeanor, you could face a jail term of up to one year, a fine of up to $4,000, or a combination of these penalties. Additionally, even after you’ve served the time and paid the fine, you may face additional limitations on your freedom, such as difficulty locating housing and employment. Assault cases tend to be complex, so it’s essential to enlist the help of a trusted and experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Don’t gamble with your future—reach out to a skilled criminal defense attorney today.
If you or someone you love is currently facing a misdemeanor assault charge in the Pearland or Houston area, call the Law Offices of Keith G. Allen, PLLC at (832) 230-0075 to schedule a free consultation with a dedicated criminal defense lawyer today.