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Assault & Battery and Crimes of Violence

Most people think of assault and battery as a violent fight, however, the Texas Penal Code defines assault as " ... cause[ing offensive or provacative] physical contact with another...". In some instances, a prosecutor may decide the slightest touch only be necessary to file the charges against you.

Chapter 22 of the Texas Penal Code sets forth several assaultive crimes beyond simple assault and battery. The Code includes assault resulting in serious bodily injury, assault on an officer or emergency personnel, sexual assault, aggrevated assault, assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a child or the elderly, and terroristic threats.

Another category of assault and battery is domestic violence. Domestic Violence is an assault or battery, but due to the marital or dating relationship of those involved, the law classifies the conduct under a different charge. Domestic violence or martial or spousal abuse can carry serious penalties, often times more severe than a typical assault or fight.

Common Assault and Battery cases include fights at schools, colleges, or sporting games, disagreements leading to punches at family gatherings, fights with weapons, and even gang assaults.

There are several defenses to assaultive conduct, including consent (Sec. 22.06) and self defense. Some Assaults can also be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, so it is important to speak with an attorney. We have handled assaults in many cases, ranging from domestic violence to assaults with deadly weapons, and can represent you throughout the process, whether you seek an offer or demand a trial.

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