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Assault Family Violence

Assault family violence involves violence or the threat of violence against a family member, someone you are living in the same household with, or even against someone you are dating. There are various levels of the offense. For exampe a Class C which is simple assault where a person in placed in fear of imminent bodily harm but is not harmed. You could be charged up to a $500 fine but no jail time. If there is bodily injury, and pain was inflicted even with no bruises is considered bodily injury, then it is a class A misemeanor which carries up to a year in jail and a $4000 fine. If the victim is choked, the offense if raised up to a Felony 3 which carries from 2 to 10 years in the pen. If a person had a previous conviction for assault family violence, then it is likely the case will be raised up to a felony 3.


The bodily injury does not necessarily have to be intentional. If a victim is hurt by someone acting in a reckless manner, then it is likely the actor will be charged as though the injury was intentional.

Family violence can also involve serious bodily injury or the use or threat of use of a deadly weapon. In these cases, the person could be charged with a second degree felony which carries from 2 to 20 years in the pen.


It is strongly suggested if you are charged with this offense you hire an attorney to get you through your legal matter with minimum impact on your future. Feel free to contact our office at 1-800-630-5985 for a free consultation if you are faced with one of the above situations.


Click on the following link to see the actual Texas Statute that covers this offense: