In Texas, the definition of an assault depends on the type of assault that is committed. A traffic ticket assault is defined as offensive touching. For example, grabbing someone’s nose would be considered a Class C misdemeanor. Causing any sort of pain would be considered causing bodily injury. Even if there were no visible marks, such as a black eye or bruising, bodily injury could still be considered to have occurred; the question is whether or not there was physical pain involved. If there was, then it would be a Class A misdemeanor and result in an arrest.
If a person assaults someone with whom they share a familial or romantic relationship, then that assault would be considered an offense of domestic violence. It would also be considered an offense of domestic violence if it was inflicted upon a person with whom the perpetrator lives.
Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is a felony assault and occurs when a deadly weapon is used in a means consistent with causing death or serious bodily injury. There is also the charge of aggravated assault and serious bodily injury. Serious bodily injury is defined as an injury that results in some loss or impairment of bodily function. A scar, a broken leg, a broken nose and a shattered eye socket would all be considered serious bodily injury.
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