How “Serious” Injury Affects an Aggravated Assault Charge

June 27th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

One thing that elevates simple assault to aggravated assault in Texas is when the accused “commits serious bodily injury” to another person. But what exactly constitutes a “serious” injury? The Texas Penal Code considers an injury serious when it: creates a substantial risk of death; causes permanent disfigurement to the victim; or results in a […]

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How Serious Is an Aggravated Assault Charge in Texas?

May 24th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

In Texas, aggravated assault refers to “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly” causing “serious bodily injury” to another person. Aggravated assault is normally prosecuted as a second-degree felony, but under certain circumstances the charge may be elevated to a first-degree felony. This is not a trivial distinction. The maximum jail time a person can receive for a […]

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