A lot of people don’t know the difference between these two offenses. Basically, Assault is a misdemeanor charge and Aggravated Assault is a felony. According to the Texas Penal Code Chapter 5 Section 22, Assault is partially defined as: intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury to another; or intentionally or knowingly threatening another with imminent bodily injury. Aggravated Assault charges are brought in when you have caused someone severe physical injury and/or used or even displayed a deadly weapon. Almost anything can be considered a deadly weapon, a piece of glass, a rock, a gun, a car; anything used to effectively cause physical injury to another person.
A misdemeanor charge is serious and can come with up to a year in jail. A felony is much more difficult to live with. The prison time for a felony charge is significantly longer than a misdemeanor and will cause you trouble for the rest of your life. Getting a job or even applying for housing will be virtually impossible with a felony conviction on your record.
Securing an experienced assault attorney immediately means more security for your future. Call Matt Alford Law and have one of the most experienced attorneys in Houston on your side at 713-224-6666.