How Does Texas Law Define A Simple Assault?


Assault is committed in one of three ways at the beginning. A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another, including the person’s spouse; or threatens another with imminent bodily injury including the person’s spouse; or knowingly causes physical contact with another when the person knows or should reasonably believe that the other with regard that contact as offensive or provocative. That is when we start the base, we talk about the assault, that is where we begin to look at things.

Is a Simple Assault Going To Be A Misdemeanor Or A Felony Charge In Texas?

In Texas, when we use the phrase “Simple Assault” other than assault, we are talking about a Class C misdemeanor. That is one of the second two ways of committing assault that threatens another with imminent bodily injury or touches somebody in such a way that should be regarded as offensive or provocative. Those are all class C misdemeanors. When you get to the regular type of assault, and that is our first definition, that is a Class A misdemeanor. They become felonies once we change the term to an aggravated assault.

The Criminal Acts That Can Be Categorized As A Simple Assault

When you look at a simple assault, these are the kind of the things that happen when people live in a close area and become overly familiar. We would generally handle this through the Human Resource department such as in office settings, in schools, and colleges where someone is usually touching a young lady in a way that is inappropriate. Something where somebody in a position feels that it is appropriate when it is really not. We get into the sexual harassment type of definitions at this point.

No One Needs To Get Injured For A Simple Assault To Have Occurred

On the simple assault, w are really looking at what means threatening with imminent bodily injury. At that point, it is simply a threat that it could happen imminently or what we would say immediately, or the person is touched and it is that contact that is offensive and provocative.

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