Misdemeanor Assault Bodily Injury is considered a class A misdemeanor in Texas ‐ defined in statute: [22.01 Texas Penal Code]. A person can be charged with misdemeanor assault if he or she intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes physical injury to another person (this includes one’s spouse.) It’s important to note that the injury does not have to leave physical marks — it is sufficient that the action results in pain. However, even marks as seemingly minor as a scrape can result in assault charges.
One important aspect of misdemeanor assault is that “reckless” activity resulting in bodily injury qualifies for assault charges. This means that one does not have to intend or mean to cause injury. A common example would be causing someone to fall.
Misdemeanor Assault Penalties
While assault with bodily injury is a misdemeanor, the penalties are quite serious ‐ up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $4000. As well, assault can be enhanced if the accused has prior convictions related to domestic assault — which will increase penalties. An assault conviction can also result in restitution payments and because misdemeanor assault will show on one’s record it can have long lasting consequences in many areas of one’s life.
Misdemeanor Assault Defense Attorney
If you or someone you know is being charged with assault with bodily injury in Houston Texas, Harris County, or surrounding areas it is important to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Carl Haggard ‐ of The Haggard Law Firm ‐ has over 3 decades of experience helping clients who have been charged with misdemeanor assault. He is an Ex-Chief District Prosecutor and in many cases has helped clients both reduce their charges or get their assault charges dismissed. To speak with an attorney that is ready to fight for you ‐ call (832) 328-0600 or email using the short form. Your initial consultation is both confidential and absolutely free.