Chapter 22 of the Texas Penal Code states that a person commits assault if he or she knowingly and recklessly causes bodily injury to someone else. He/she can also be charged with assault for knowingly threatening another person with bodily injury.
An individual can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor if he or she commits assault against:
In many states an aggravated assault charge will be issued when the suspect intentionally causes extreme physical injury to another person whom he or she is aware of as being a police officer. Serious physical injury is defined as the physical impairment of someone which results in a risk of death, causation of death, serious and prolonged disfigurement, prolonged loss of a bodily organ functions, or health impairment.
A person accused of aggravated assault can face a fine and up to 20 years behind bars. It is possible to receive community supervision if never convicted of a felony. The sentence is determined by the severity of the offense.
If you have been convicted of assaulting a police officer or other public servant, contact Austin criminal lawyer Ian Inglis at 512-472-1950.