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What Makes a Crime Aggravated?

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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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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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