When a person allegedly commits a misdemeanor assault offense in Texas, it is commonly referred to as simple assault. Many alleged assaults are based only on the account of the alleged victim.
While these crimes rarely involve any bodily injury—or possibly even any contact—to alleged victims, convictions can still carry steep penalties. Any person with assault on his or criminal record may experience numerous hardships when seeking employment, housing, or professional licensing.
If you were arrested in the greater Collin County area for an alleged assault offense, it is in your best interest to not make any kind of statement to authorities until you have legal representation. Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy aggressively defends clients accused of violent crimes in Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Plano, and many surrounding areas of Collin County.
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Under Texas Penal Code § 22.01, an alleged offender commits assault if he or she:
Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury to another person is typically classified as a Class A misdemeanor, but the offense can become a third-degree felony if the alleged offense is committed against any of the following:
If an alleged offender intentionally or knowingly threatens another person with imminent bodily injury or intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another person when the alleged offender knows or should reasonably believe that the other person will regard the contact as offensive or provocative, the crime is typically a Class C misdemeanor. Either offense can be classified as a Class A misdemeanor if the alleged victim was an elderly individual or disabled individual, and an alleged assault committed by an alleged offender who is not a sports participant against a person the alleged offender knows is a sports participant either while the participant is performing duties or responsibilities in the participant's capacity as a sports participant or in retaliation for or on account of the participant's performance of a duty or responsibility within the participant's capacity as a sports participant is a Class B misdemeanor.
The possible punishments alleged offenders may receive if convicted of assault depend on the classification of the alleged crime. The respective maximum sentences are as follows:
Crime Prevention | Collin County Sheriff's Office — The Collin County Crime Prevention Section provides numerous programs, including Neighborhood Crime Watch, Safety Talks for Women, and Safety Talks for Senior Citizens. On this website, you can find several tips to avoid becoming the victim of a violent crime. Safety tips are provided for when you are walking, in your car, or engaged in other outdoor activities.
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Texas Penal Code § 22.01 | Assault — Read the full text of the state law relating to assault. You can find how emergency services personnel, security officer, and sports participant are defined for the purposes of this section. You can also learn more about when simple assault becomes a felony offense.
Were you arrested for an alleged assault anywhere in Collin County? You should exercise your right to remain silent until you have legal counsel. Contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy as soon as possible.
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