Definition of Assault in Texas
In Texas, the definition of assault can be found under Texas Penal Code Section 22.01. Section 22.01 is actually quite long, but the basic elements of assault are listed below. Assault can be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony, usually depending on the specific allegations in the incident, whether there are allegations of family or domestic violence, and a defendant’s criminal history.
In Austin and throughout Texas, assault causing bodily injury and assault family violence are two of the most common types of assault charges in Texas. The penalties in a domestic assault case in Texas can include jail time, fines, protective orders, loss of right to own or possess a firearm and conviction for family violence on your criminal record.
Texas Penal Code Section 22.01
Sec. 22.01. ASSAULT. (a) A person commits an offense if the person:
(1) intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another, including the person’s spouse;
(2) intentionally or knowingly threatens another with imminent bodily injury, including the person’s spouse; or
(3) intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another when the person knows or should reasonably believe that the other will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.
Defense Against Assault Charges in Austin, Texas
If you have been arrested or charged with assault or domestic violence in Austin, you should contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately. The penalties for Assault in Texas can be severe and permanent. For a free initial consultation in your Travis County misdemeanor or felony assault case, contact Austin Assault Lawyer Kevin Bennett at (512) 476-4626. You may also contact us through email.