The Texas Penal Code covers the offensive touching of one person by another in Section 22.01. Assault is differentiated in to varying levels of conduct by how offensive the contact is and how much damage or pain is caused by the contact.

If you are charged in a Municipal court, or a Justice of the Peace court, you’ve likely been charged with making offensive contact, but not necessarily causing that person pain. (A Class C Misdemeanor is punishable by up to a $500 fine and depending on the circumstances can affect your rights to own a firearm.)

If you are accused of hurting another person or causing them pain, the charges typically are still a misdemeanor, but you could be punished with as much as a year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.

If a person is injured in a permanent manner, or is disfigured, or could have been disfigured as a result of some “weapon” being used, the charges can be a felony which can potentially be punished by up to 20 years in prison.

If you are accused of physically harming someone, you need an attorney who understands the dynamics of a fight, how the application of the Texas Self defense laws may affect your case, and what it means to Stand your Ground.

Come talk with me about what happened, why you were in that position, and what we can do to force the courts and the prosecution to hear and respect your side of what occurred.