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In Texas, assault and battery are two separate crimes, though they have similar elements. Contact a Texas criminal defense attorney immediately if you have been charged with either.

What Are the Different Types of Assault Charges I Could Face?

Stalking and Assault

Criminal assault is a serious misdemeanor or felony crime that could result in jail time and other severe penalties. It can happen in many kinds of situations, such as at work, in your home, or on the street randomly. However, it is important to realize that there are different ways you could be accused for assaulting someone, because there are various types of circumstances that could lead to this crime of an assault charge. What…
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When is Self-Defense a Valid Defense Against Assault Charges?

Stalking and Assault

Self-defense is defined as the right to prevent suffering or perpetrated violence through the use of counteracting force or violence. This is a simple and straightforward concept on its own, but when it is applied to certain circumstances, the meaning can get muddy. Texas, like every other state, allows someone to claim self-defense as a defendant when accused for an illegal crime. Texas also has its own set of self-defense laws that it follows that…
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Beware the Slender Man: What Led These Girls to Stab Their Friend?

A paranormal being. Two impressionable minds. A stabbing that shook Waukesha, Wisconsin to its core and sparked an investigation into the power of the Internet. What caused the Slender Man stabbing? In May 2014, 12-year-olds Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser led their friend, Payton Leutner, to a park. Once there, they stabbed Leutner 19 times and left her for dead. Leutner managed to crawl to a road and lay on the sidewalk, where she was…
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What Makes a Crime Aggravated?

Battery

From time to time, you might hear on the news that someone was charged with an aggravated crime. Aggravated assault, for example, or aggravated robbery. But what does it mean for a crime to be “aggravated?” Aggravated crimes are serious crimes with more serious penalties than ones that are not aggravated. To be charged with an aggravated crime, a person must do something that makes the crime more dangerous. An example: someone breaks into a…
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Can I Be Charged with Assault If I Don’t Actually Hit Someone?

Did you know that you can be charged and convicted of assault without ever laying a hand on another person? The statutory definition of assault in Texas is as follows: “A person commits an offense if the person: Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another, including the person’s spouse; Intentionally or knowingly threatens another with imminent bodily injury, including the person’s spouse; Intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another when the person…
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Starting September 1, Attacking Police Will Be a Hate Crime

Starting September 1, police in Texas will have a new layer of legislative protection in the form of an amendment that makes it a hate crime to attack police officers. Texas is one of only a handful of states, including Louisiana, Kentucky and Mississippi, that have signed this kind of legislation (sometimes referred to as “Blue Lives Matter” laws) into law, though many states have considered it. Supporters of the law cite recent high-profile incidents…
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Criminal Intent in Solicitation: Austin Man Booked for Elaborate Online Rape Plan

Once something is on the Internet, it’s there forever. This includes evidence of crimes in the making. An Austin man, Blaine Alexander Mallon, was recently taken into custody after a concerned Internet user discovered an elaborate rape plan on Omegle. The chat website does not collect usernames or personal account information, making it easy for users to remain relatively anonymous. According to police and attorneys involved with the matter, Mallon contacted an anonymous user (referred…
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What is Aggravated Assault in Texas?

What makes an assault in Texas aggravated? The two charges, while similar, result in significantly different penalties in Texas. A simple assault that results in minor injuries is typically a Class A misdemeanor. The penalty for this is a fine of up to $4,000 and up to one year in jail. Simple assault in the form of threatening or touching without physical harm is usually a Class C misdemeanor. Class C misdemeanors result in fines…
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What Makes an Assault a Hate Crime?

What is a hate crime? Under Texas law, a hate crime is any crime that is motivated by prejudice, hatred or advocacy of violence. Under federal law, hate crimes are crimes that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability. Are Hate Crime Convictions Common? It seems like we hear about hate crimes every day in the news, but actually, it’s fairly rare for a person to be convicted of…
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I Punched a Roommate – Why Am I Being Charged with Family Violence?

Domestic assault, also known as family violence, occurs when there is a physical altercation between two people. Generally, you hear about it in regards to spouses or family members, but the umbrella of domestic assault is actually much wider than that. Anyone who shares a residence is considered “family” for the purposes of domestic assault charges. This means that you can be charged with domestic violence for hitting your roommate. As a matter of fact,…
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