Arguments Lead to Arrests in Denton County
Were you arrested in Denton, Texas, following a dispute? Call The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy at (817) 422-5350.
According to KTVT-TV, the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force arrested an 18-year-old man in connection to the fatal shooting of a 27-year-old man on December 1 in the 1500 block of Centre Place Drive. Multiple callers heard shots fired, and at least one witness reported seeing the victim lying on the ground in a parking lot.
The alleged offender was apprehended without incident in Fort Worth after investigators obtained a warrant for his arrest. He was being held in the City of Denton Jail, and the Denton Record-Chronicle reported that his bail was set at $250,000.
The Record-Chronicle also reported that a news release from the Denton Police Department said the shooting followed a verbal argument, although the department did not say what the argument was about. A spokesperson for the department confirmed the two men involved did not know each other.
On December 17, 2020, USA Today reported that the chief operating officer (COO) for PGA of America allegedly threw his girlfriend to the ground after she refused to return her car keys to him at an address in Frisco, Texas, near the future home of the organization. According to an arrest affidavit, Frisco police were called to an apartment on November 24 and noticed the alleged victim had a fresh red scratch on her cheek, two scratches on her right hand and two broken nails on her right hand but no redness around her neck.
The affidavit said she broke into tears while speaking with officers about the incident. The COO was arrested on a charge of assault on November 24.
The alleged offender was placed on administrative leave after his arrest on suspicion of assault. He was accused of assault family violence impeding breath or circulation, a third-degree felony alleging someone purposely prevented someone from breathing or prevented their blood circulation.
According to the affidavit, the alleged victim told police she couldn’t breathe normally and had to gasp for air while he physically tried to take back the keys. The alleged offender also allegedly pushed her to the ground, sat on her and pulled her hair. Denton County records showed the alleged offender posted a $15,000 bond on November 25.
This past October, KSAT-TV reported that a 44-year-old man accused of punching another man in the face during an argument at a Buc-ee’s store was in custody after being arrested when officers obtained an arrest warrant. He was charged with assault causing bodily injury.
The incident happened in the 2800 block of South I-35 E at Buc-ee’s. Police said they were called to a local hospital for a report of an assault after the incident, and the alleged victim told police he had been assaulted at a Buc-ee’s store.
According to a press release from Denton police, the alleged victim told police that he and a friend observed “supporters of President Donald Trump” in the parking lot of the store. An argument broke out, and the victim said the alleged offender punched him in the face.
The alleged victim suffered an abrasion under his right eyebrow and a broken tooth, police said. The incident was actually captured in a video widely shared on social media.
On December 5, 2020, the Denton Record-Chronicle reported that a 55-year-old man was cited for assault by contact after he allegedly spit on another resident at his apartment during an argument over the smell of marijuana. The other man involved in the argument called police to report the man had spit on him.
Police arrived at the apartments in the 1400 block of Teasley Lane and spoke to the man who allegedly spit, who said he was bothered that the smell of marijuana had been continuously creeping into his apartment and that he had spoken to both the resident and management about the issue. The man said that he was unable to reach management and confronted the resident himself, though he denied spitting on him and said that a soda can was thrown at him during the argument.
Police spoke to the resident, who said the man cursed at him when he confronted him and spat in his face, which was why he threw the can. Police spoke to a witness who confirmed the resident’s account, and the man who allegedly spat was issued a citation for assault by contact in lieu of an arrest.
Criminal Defense for All Charges in Fort Worth, TX
Even minor incidents could lead to criminal charges. It is important for people to remember to control their tempers because certain outbursts could lead to a number of possible crimes being committed.
This blog post covered a number of different assault charges, including assault family violence, assault causing bodily injury, and assault by contact. Assault charges are typically considered violent crimes.
Assault family violence is more commonly known as domestic assault, and is a very common criminal charge in many domestic disputes. While domestic assault could be a Class C misdemeanor, it could also be charged as a third-degree felony if the alleged offender has been previously convicted of a violent offense against a family or household member, or the offense is committed by intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly impeding the normal breathing or circulation of the blood of the other person by applying pressure to the other person's throat or neck or by blocking the other person's nose or mouth.
Domestic assault is a second-degree felony when an alleged offense is committed against an alleged victim related to the alleged offender through a dating relationship, family, or household membership, the alleged offender has been previously convicted of a violent offense against a family or household member, and the offense is committed by intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly impeding the normal breathing or circulation of the blood of the other person by applying pressure to the other person's throat or neck or by blocking the other person's nose or mouth. Smothering a victim usually leads to assault by strangulation charges.
Domestic assault is a second-degree felony if an alleged offender commits assault and causes serious bodily injury to another person or uses or exhibits a deadly weapon during the commission of the assault, and it is a first-degree felony if the alleged offender both uses a deadly weapon during the commission of the assault and causes serious bodily injury to a family or household member.
Assault causing bodily injury is a Class A misdemeanor, and it is critical to understand that bodily injury could be a factor even when an incident does not result in lasting marks to an alleged victim. Assault by contact is a basic level assault crime that is a Class C misdemeanor.
Other common kinds of assault charges could include assault with a deadly weapon. Texas Penal Code §1.07(a)(17) defines a deadly weapon as a firearm or anything manifestly designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting death or serious bodily injury, or anything that in the manner of its use or intended use is capable of causing death or serious bodily injury.
Assault with a deadly weapon is typically a second-degree felony, but the crime is classified as a first-degree felony when an alleged offender uses a deadly weapon during the commission of the assault and causes serious bodily injury to a person whose relationship to or association with the defendant is a family or household member or dating partner, the offense is committed by a public servant acting under color of the servant's office or employment, against 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, in retaliation against or on account of the service of another as a witness, prospective witness, informant, or person who has reported the occurrence of a crime, or against a person the alleged offender knows is a security officer while the officer is performing a duty as a security officer, or the alleged offender is in a motor vehicle and knowingly discharges a firearm at or in the direction of a habitation, building, or vehicle, is reckless as to whether the habitation, building, or vehicle is occupied, and in discharging the firearm, causes serious bodily injury to any person.
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