Texas recognizes three different crimes of domestic violence: domestic assault, aggravated domestic assault and continuous violence against the family.An act of violence constitutes domestic violence if it is committed against a family member, a household member or someone the offender is currently dating or dated in the past, including: Domestic assault is a Class A misdemeanor if the defendant has no prior domestic assault convictions.
Pushing someone out of the way in a crowd so that you can get through, without intending to injure the person, could be an assault if the person falls and is injured.
Assault by provocative or offensive contact refers to an act that does not cause physical injury or pain, but is upsetting or causes the victim to feel violated.
This type of assault can include poking someone in the chest during an argument, “getting in someone’s space,” or brushing up against a person in a sexually suggestive manner.
A person is guilty of aggravated domestic assault if he commits an aggravated assault against a spouse, family member, or romantic partner as listed above.
A person commits aggravated assault in Texas if he: If the defendant commits an aggravated domestic assault with a deadly weapon and causes serious bodily injury to the victim, the crime is a first degree felony.
Any other aggravated domestic assault is a second degree felony.Serious bodily injury is a significant injury such as a broken bone, disfigurement, loss of a limb, a serious head injury, or an injury that requires surgery and/or hospitalization.Bodily injury is any less serious injury, including minor scrapes and bruises.Under Texas law, a deadly weapon is any object that is capable of causing death or serious bodily injury and that is used in a manner likely to cause that result.A firearm, large hunting knife, or brass knuckles are deadly weapons by definition.A rope used to strangle someone or a metal pipe or baseball bat used to strike or attempt to strike someone are all deadly weapons because of the manner in which they were used. In addition to assault crimes, a person in Texas can be convicted of the crime of continuous violence against the family if he commits two domestic assaults in twelve months.