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In Texas, Who You Allegedly Assault Matters a Lot

Imagine you and your buddies are part of a basketball league. During a game, an opposing player fouls you hard, and it pisses you off. But for the sake of the team, you keep your composure.

After the game, the team goes out for drinks. A few beers in, you notice that the jerk who fouled you earlier is sitting three tables over.

Fueled by drunken judgment and some peer pressure, you head over to tell him off. Not surprisingly, things get heated. Before you know it, your fist hurts, and the guy is bleeding on the floor. [...]

Fight Your Texas Assault Charges with These Strategies      

If you are facing assault charges in Texas, there are a number of different defense strategies that a knowledgeable lawyer may be able to use to get your charges reduced or dropped. In this post, we’ll provide an overview of the law and associated penalties, then describe which defenses may work for your case.

Definition of Assault in Texas

Texas law describes assault like so:

“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.”

Texas Penalties for Assault

Assault is usually a Class A misdemeanor in Texas. [...]

What It Means to Assault Someone in Texas

Texas District Judge Guy Williams was recently indicted on charges of road rage, which amounted to aggravated assault under Texas law. He was charged with allegedly pointing a gun at the occupants of a vehicle while attempting to run the vehicle off the road. The jury found him not guilty of one charge and undecided on the other.

This case is just one example of how assault charges work. Below we’re going to explain more about what it means to be charged with assaulting someone in Texas.

The Basics of Texas Assault Charges

Assault occurs when an individual threatens or commits an act of bodily injury against another person and does so with intent, knowledge, or recklessness. [...]