Assault Charges

The term assault is broadly defined in Texas, and alleged offenders can be charged with this crime even if they did not make any physical contact with an alleged victim. Alleged assaults that do not result in serious bodily injury or involve the use of a deadly weapon are typically classified as misdemeanors, more commonly known as “simple assault.”

The age or profession of the alleged victim can also impact the severity of the criminal charges. Some misdemeanor assault offenses can still result in possible jail time and fines.

Lawyer for Assault Charges in Denton, TX

Were you recently arrested anywhere in Denton County for an alleged assault? Do not say anything to authorities without legal representation. Contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy as soon as possible for help achieving the most favorable outcome to your case.

Richard McConathy and Brian Bolton are experienced criminal defense attorneys in Denton who represent clients accused of violent crimes in communities throughout Denton County, including Highland Village, Lewisville, Little Elm, The Colony, Argyle, Flower Mound, and many others. They can provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon as you call 940-222-8004 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.

Denton County Assault Charges Information Center

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Types of Assault Charges in Texas

Texas Penal Code § 22.01 establishes multiple ways that individuals can be charged with assault. It is a Class A misdemeanor under Texas Penal Code § 22.01(a)(1) if an alleged offender intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another person, including the alleged offender's spouse, although violations of this section can become third-degree felony offenses if the alleged victims were any of the following:

  • a person the alleged offender knows is a public servant while the public servant is lawfully discharging an official duty, or in retaliation or on account of an exercise of official power or performance of an official duty as a public servant;
  • a person whose relationship to or association with the alleged offender constitutes a dating relationship, family violence, or household member under the Texas Family Code, and the alleged offender either has been previously convicted of an assault offense or offense under Chapter 19 of the Penal Code, kidnapping, aggravated kidnapping, indecency with a child, or continuous violence against the family against a dating partner or family or household member, or the alleged offense was committed by intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly impeding the normal breathing or circulation of the blood of the person by applying pressure to the person's throat or neck or by blocking the person's nose or mouth (alleged crimes involving all of these elements, more commonly known as domestic assault, can be classified as second-degree felony offenses);
  • a person who contracts with government to perform a service in a correctional or detention facility or an employee of that person while the person or employee is engaged in performing a service within the scope of the contract, if the alleged offender knows the person or employee is authorized by government to provide the service, or in retaliation for or on account of the person's or employee's performance of a service within the scope of the contract;
  • a person the alleged offender knows is a security officer while the officer is performing a duty as a security officer; or
  • a person the alleged offender knows is emergency services personnel while the person is providing emergency services.

It is a Class C misdemeanor under Texas Penal Code § 22.01(a)(2) if the alleged offender intentionally or knowingly threatens another person with imminent bodily injury—including the alleged offender's spouse—or, under Texas Penal Code § 22.01(a)(3), intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another person when the alleged offender knows or should reasonably believe that the other person will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.

If a violation of either of those statutes is committed by an alleged offender who is not a sports participant against a person the alleged offender knows is a sports participant either while the participant is performing duties or responsibilities in the participant's capacity as a sports participant or in retaliation for or on account of the participant's performance of a duty or responsibility within the participant's capacity as a sports participant, the alleged offense becomes a Class B misdemeanor. If the alleged victim was an elderly individual or disabled individual, the crime is classified as a Class A misdemeanor.

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Assault Penalties in Denton County

Convictions for assault crimes can carry very steep punishments for alleged offenders. Depending on how an alleged offense has been classified, people may receive one of the following sentences:

  • Class C Misdemeanor — Fine of up to $500;
  • Class B Misdemeanor — Up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000;
  • Class A Misdemeanor — Up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $4,000;
  • Third Degree Felony — Up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000; or
  • Second Degree Felony — Up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

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Texas Assault Charge Resources

Violence Intervention & Prevention (VIPP) | Denton County Friends of the Family — Denton County Friends of the Family is a grassroots organization that provides services to people impacted by violence and helps promote prevention. Visit this website to learn more about the organization’s VIPP program. Learn more about what constitutes abuse, program curriculum, and weekly components.

Denton Outreach Office
4845 S. Interstate 35 E, Suite 200
Corinth, TX 76210
(940) 387-5131

Texas Penal Code § 22.01 | Assault — View the full text of the state’s assault statute. Learn how different assault offenses are classified. You can also find several definitions of key terms as they relate to this statute.

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Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy | Denton Assault Charges Defense Attorney

If you were arrested for an alleged assault anywhere in Denton County, it will be in your best interest to retain legal counsel as soon as possible. Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy defends individuals in Lewisville, Highland Village, Flower Mound, Argyle, The Colony, Little Elm, and many surrounding areas of Denton County.

Denton criminal defense lawyers Richard McConathy and Brian Bolton can fight to help you possibly get your criminal charges minimized or possibly even eliminated. Call 940-222-8004 or submit an online contact form to have our attorneys review your case and answer all of your legal questions during a free initial consultation.

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