Generally speaking, crimes are separated into different categories –
property crimes, fraudulent crimes,
drug crimes, and crimes against the person.
Violent crimes, such as
assault, sexual assault, aggravated assault and aggravated sexual assault, and
criminal homicide are considered to be “crimes against the person.”
In Texas, violent crimes include the following offenses:
- Sexual Assault
- Aggravated Assault
- Aggravated Sexual Assault
- Injury to a Child, Elderly Individual, or Disabled Individual
- Capital Murder
A Look at Assaultive Offenses
Since people are frequently charged with assault and aggravated assault
(more often than manslaughter and murder), we are going to discuss assault
Section 22.01 of the Texas Penal Code, a person commits assault when he or she threatens
to cause bodily injury to another, or intentionally or recklessly causes
bodily injury upon another, including one’s spouse. Assault is usually a
Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $4,000, or up to one year in jail
or a fine and incarceration.
Aggravated assault under Sec. 22.02 occurs when someone causes
serious bodily injury to another person, or when the offender uses a deadly weapon while committing
an assault. Aggravated assault is a
felony of the second degree unless it was committed against a member of the offender’s family.
In the case of
family violence, aggravated assault is a
felony of the first degree. As a second-degree felony, aggravated assault is punishable by 2 to 20
years in prison, or by a fine not to exceed $10,000, or by a fine and
As a felony of the first degree; for example, in the case of child abuse
or spousal abuse, aggravated assault is punishable by 5 to 99 years in
prison or by life imprisonment, or by a fine not to exceed $10,000, or
by a fine and imprisonment.
Are you accused of committing a violent crime in Plano or Dallas? If so,
contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC for a
criminal defense consultation.