What is assault causing bodily injury?
In Texas, Assault Causing Bodily Injury is a Class A misdemeanor. A person commits this offense if he (or she) intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another person, including the person’s spouse. Under Texas law, “bodily injury” could be anything that causes pain, even if it doesn’t leave a mark. See Texas Penal Code 1.07(a)(8).
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These types of cases appear on the Travis County criminal docket with titles like these:
- ASSAULT CAUSES BODILY INJ
- ASSAULT CAUSES BODILY INJURY
- ASSAULT CAUSES BODILY INJURY FAMILY VIOLENCE
- ASSAULT CAUSES BODILY INJ DATE/FAMILY/HOUSE
Class A misdemeanors are the most common type of assault cases filed in Austin, especially in cases with an allegation of Family Violence.
The default maximum punishment for Assault Causing Bodily Injury is one year in county jail and a $4000 fine but the level of the offense may be enhanced for defendants with a prior conviction (or deferred adjudication) involving domestic assault. A jail sentence may also be probated, depending on various factors, in which case a defendant may not actually spend any time in jail.
A criminal defense attorney may be able to obtain a significantly better result, perhaps even getting the charges dismissed so that the arrest records can later be sealed or destroyed, or negotiating a plea agreement to reduce the charge to a non-violent offense.
The full legal definition of Assault with Bodily Injury is found in Section 22.01(a)(1) of the Texas Penal Code.