Assault is considered a violent crime, but the severity of what someone is charged with depends on the circumstances surrounding an incident.
Generally speaking, there are two classes of Texas assault charges – simple assault and aggravated assault. Crimes range from misdemeanor charges to felony sentencing.
Because of the vast difference in penalties associated with an aggravated assault conviction, it is vital to have a defense strategy that is tailored to your specific case.
Let’s take a look at how the law defines these two classes of assault, and how your defense strategy might change when assault charges are aggravated.
Simple Assault in Texas
A simple assault is charged when a person knowingly, recklessly, or intentionally causes injury to someone [...]