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Assaultive Offenses in Texas

Each state has established its own laws for violent crimes and the language varies slightly from state-to-state. In Texas, the majority of violent crimes, including child abuse and spousal abuse (family violence) fall under the category of “assaultive offenses,” which can be found under Title 5, Chapter 22 of the Texas Penal Code.

If you are being accused of injuring another person, then those accusations can lead to criminal charges under Title 5, Chapter 22, which includes, but is not limited to the following offenses:

  • Assault: Intentionally and knowingly causing bodily injury to another, or threatening to cause bodily injury to another (Class A misdemeanor).
  • Sexual assault: A felony of the first or second degree.
  • Aggravated assault: The offender causes serious bodily injury to another person, including their own spouse, or uses or exhibits a deadly weapon during an assault (felony of the first or second degree).
  • Aggravated sexual assault: A felony of the first degree.
  • Injury to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual: Causing serious bodily injury to a child under the age of 14, or to a disabled individual is a felony of the first or second degree.
  • Abandoning or endangering a child: Depending on the circumstances, can be charged as a felony of the second degree, a felony of the third degree, or a state jail felony.
  • Deadly conduct: Intentionally or recklessly engaging in conduct that places another person in imminent danger of serious bodily injury (a Class a misdemeanor or a third degree felony).
  • Terroristic threat: Threatening to cause serious bodily injury to another person, including a peace officer or member of offender’s family. This offense can be prosecuted as a felony of the third degree, a state jail felony, or as a Class A or B misdemeanor depending on the facts of the case.

When an individual is accused of family or domestic violence, he or she will generally be charged with one of the above offenses, such as assault or aggravated assault, or injury to a child, many of which are felonies under Texas law.

If you have been accused of family violence, deadly conduct, or making terroristic threats, we urge you to contact our firm to meet with an experienced and aggressive Plano criminal defense attorney. In the face of serious criminal charges, you need a strong defense – call now!