When you’re facing assault charges in Texas, the type of assault will define the charges you may face. While in most cases, assault and battery are two separate crimes, they’re often interchangeably used.
Assault is defined as any verbal threats made against another person, while battery is any physical contact. Regardless of how it’s labeled, it’s considered “intentional recklessness” and is an action that can result in criminal charges.
Types Of Assault Charges: Simple Assault & Aggravated Assault
There are two levels of assault charges you can face in Texas: Simple and Aggravated Assault.
- Simple Assault – A charge is considered simple assault when you attempt to commit harm by threatening to or causing harm to another person, either knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly. The degree of the assault is the level of misdemeanor it will be considered. A simple assault is considered a Class C when it only involves threats.
But when a simple assault results in bodily injury, it’s upgraded to a Class A misdemeanor. Furthermore, if a simple assault occurs against a public servant, such as law enforcement, it can result in a 20-year prison sentence.
- Aggravated Assault – Any instance serious bodily injury – such as broken bones – or use of a deadly weapon. Charges arise when a victim suffers physical harm, either from a physical altercation or because of a weapon. Aggravated assault charges are a second degree felony; however, if it involves a deadly weapon that caused serious bodily harm, it becomes a first degree felony that carries maximum sentence of life in prison.
Posting Bail for Assault Charges
While it may seem that facing assault charges could result in the forfeiture of bail, that isn’t the case. The court will allow a personal bond to be posted in assault cases, however, it may come with tighter restrictions.
When a personal bond is issued for defendants, it comes with the condition that they’ll remain on good behavior, not leave town, and appear at all of their scheduled court appearances.
When a personal bond is issued in an assault case, it may come with stronger conditions. These could be judge-mandated counseling or anger management sessions, along with the assurance that the defendant won’t break any other laws and appear at their court dates.
However, if the assault charges are more severe, it may result in steeper bail requirements. If you’re unable to meet these bail requirements, a bail agent at ASAP Bail Bonds may be contacted to post bail on your behalf.
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