Family Violence in Texas


Texas Penal Code 22.01 deals with the offenses of assault. If a person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another, the defendant will generally be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor. However, if the defendant has previously been convicted of an assault and the victim of the assault is related to the defendant under the Texas Family Code by any of the following: 71.0021(b). Dating relationship 71.003. Family by blood or other 71.005. Household member If any of the above relationships are met, the offense is raised to a Third Degree Felony. Defense The victim’s effective consent or the actor’s reasonable belief that the victim consented to the actor’s conduct is a defense to prosecution when the conduct did not threaten or inflict serious bodily injury. The Morris Law Firm, Daniel L Morris (214)357-1782


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