What is Deadly Conduct in Texas criminal law?

Deadly Conduct is a crime defined in the Texas Penal Code under Chapter 22.05. This crime is committed when one recklessly engages in conduct that places another person in imminent danger of serious bodily injury.

“Serious bodily injury” is bodily injury that creates a substantial risk of death or that causes death, serious permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ.

Deadly Conduct is usually a Class A misdemeanor but recklessly discharging a firearm can make it into a third degree felony.

This charge appears on the docket for the Travis County Criminal District Courts as either “DEADLY CONDUCT” or “DEADLY CONDUCT DISCHARGE FIREARM”.