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What is Assault on a Family Member?

Assault on a family member is a serious crime in Texas. It is defined as intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing physical contact with another person, or threatening to cause physical contact, when the victim is a family member.

Who is a Family Member?

For the purposes of assault on a family member, a family member is:

  • Your spouse or former spouse
  • Your child or stepchild
  • Your parent or stepparent
  • Your sibling
  • Your grandparent or grandchild
  • Your aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew
  • Your in-laws
  • Your current or former household member
  • Any person with whom you have or have had a dating relationship

Penalties for Assault on a Family Member

The penalties for assault on a family member in Texas depend on the severity of the offense.

  • Class A misdemeanor: This is the most common type of assault on a family member charge. It is punishable by up to 1 year in jail and/or up to $4,000 in fines.
  • Third-degree felony: This charge is typically brought when the victim is choked or their breathing is impeded, or if the offender has a prior conviction for assault on a family member. It is punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines.
  • Second-degree felony: This charge is typically brought when the victim suffers serious bodily injury or the offender uses a deadly weapon. It is punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines.
  • First-degree felony: This charge is the most serious type of assault on a family member charge. It is typically brought when the offender uses a deadly weapon or the victim suffers serious bodily injury or death. It is punishable by 5 to 99 years in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines.

What to Do If You Are Charged with Assault on a Family Member

If you have been charged with assault on a family member, it is important to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can help you understand the charges against you and develop a defense strategy.

There are a number of defenses that may be available to you, including:

  • The victim did not suffer any physical injury.
  • The victim consented to the contact.
  • You were acting in self-defense.
  • You were defending another person.

Contact Us

If you have been charged with assault on a family member, please contact our office today to schedule a free consultation. We will help you understand your rights and options and develop a defense strategy that is right for you.

Finding an Assault Attorney in Texas

Choosing the right Assault Attorney is important since a conviction can result in fines, prison time, and loss of future employment. 

When you retain the services of Spangler Law, you can be confident we will do all we can to defend your rights in court and assist you throughout every step of the process. 

When you need a trustworthy criminal defense attorney in the Dallas, Texas area, look no further than Spangler Law.