There is nothing simple about simple assault. If you've been charged with simple assault in Texas, you face potentially serious consequences. Assault seems like such a loaded term, but under Texas law it can mean "intentionally or knowingly" threatening someone with bodily injury, rather than actually touching them. Texas statutes break assault into several categories, with the particular form of assault considered either a misdemeanor or a felony. It is crucial to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Indiscretions are expected in youth. There are growing pains and mistakes made on the path to becoming a responsible adult. Yet, there is a precedent of charging minors as adults, with the real threat of serving time and a permanent record when teenagers act out.
Any time there are allegations of assault, it's a serious matter. However, people often wonder whether assault is classified as a felony or a misdemeanor in Texas. The answer is, "it depends." The Texas Penal Code assigns different levels of severity to different types of assault charges.
Accusations of domestic assault in Texas, especially those involving choking can mean very serious potential criminal penalties. An assault charge can go from being a misdemeanor to a felony just for a single allegation of choking. The public policy behind this is likely due to the increased possibility for death if a person chokes someone as opposed to hitting them. However, it often creates a much more difficult road for the accused if choking is part of the fact pattern.
Authorities have charged two brothers, ages 23 and 21, with the robbery of a gas station in Harris County, Texas. Sheriff's deputies shot the younger of the two brothers when he allegedly pointed a gun at them after being ordered to drop it. Police filed theft charges against both brothers and assault charges against the wounded suspect.Deputies went to the gas station in response to a report of a robbery. Deputies arrived at the gas station as the suspects exited the station's convenience store. When they allegedly saw one of the suspects holding a gun, the deputies told him to drop it, but he pointed the gun at one of them. Both deputies fired at the suspect. A helicopter took the wounded suspect to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition. His brother, who was uninjured, was arrested and taken into custody.
A Crockett, Texas, man chose the wrong T-shirt to wear when deputies from the Houston County Sheriff's Office came to arrest him on a family violence complaint. The mug shot taken at the suspect's booking shows him wearing a shirt emblazoned with the words "This is what a great father looks like."The arrest warrant was issued following allegations by the man's wife that he brandished a .22-caliber pistol during a domestic disturbance. There were no injuries reported. The suspect posted a $30,000 bond to obtain his release following the arrest.
A fight between two men in an apartment in South Houston, Texas, ended with one man dead and the other in police custody on a criminal charge. According to the police investigation of the incident, officers went to the apartment in response to reports of a fight at a party. Police found a 58-year old man who they believe struck his head when he fell after being hit by the 39-year old suspect. The injured man died after police took him to a hospital.The suspect was arrested in a field near the apartment where he fled after the fight. The man struggled with police, who sprayed him several times with pepper spray before subduing him. He faces assault charges in connection with the fight at the apartment and aggravated assault for the struggle with the police in which one officer was injured.
Navigating the complex emotions of familial relationships can is often a very difficult task. This seems to be the case in a recent incident in Houston. After a 24-year-old man and his mother got into an argument, the situation escalated to the point where the man eventually used a fireman. Since the incident, the man has been dealt family violence charges.
Domestic violence cases are never simple. Marriage is a complex relationship, with many emotions connected to it. What begins as a minor verbal conflict can escalate into something much more serious when tempers flare. One Houston police officer is facing domestic assault charges, after his wife accused him of committing acts of aggression against her. Authorities are investigating the veracity of the woman's claims.