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Also known as rape, sexual assault in Texas is defined as any unwanted, non-consensual sexual contact involving penetration. In most cases, sexual assault is a first degree felony that can result in a prison sentence of 5-99 years upon conviction.
- The simple assault was carried out against an elderly person or a disabled individual
- A terroristic threat is made against a public servant (i.e. you yell “I will mess you up!” while a traffic officer is writing you a ticket)
- A direct threat of violence is made against a member of your household
- The offending action involved conduct that placed the victim or others in imminent danger of serious bodily injury
- The offending action prevents or interrupts the occupation of a public space such as an airplane, a store, a car, etc.
Aggravated assaults are charged as felonies, which can mean jail time if convicted. If you are facing felony aggravated assault charges, it is critical that you work with an experienced aggravated assault attorney in San Antonio.
Generally speaking, felony assault charges are filed for any action that results in serious bodily harm to another person or involve the use or brandishing of a deadly weapon. Additionally, certain extenuating factors can see a simple assault charge bumped up to a third degree felony. However, the degree of felony charge you face on an assault charge depends on the circumstances, and the effect on potential sentencing can be drastic.
- You have a previous conviction for simple domestic violence assault
- The assault family violence involved impeding breath (choking)
- The simple assault was performed against someone you knew was a public servant or government contractor, or against an on-duty emergency worker or security guard (ex. You grab an officer’s hand as they attempt to handcuff you)
- You’ve been previously convicted of aggravated assault
- You are accused of assaulting a member of your household or a dating partner
- You are accused of assaulting a public servant during the execution of government duty
- You are accused of assaulting a witness or informant to a crime, even if it is on behalf of another party
- You are accused of assaulting an on-duty emergency worker or uniformed security guard