LEGAL GUIDE
Written by attorney Keith Bernard French Jr.

How A “Dating Relationship” Can Elevate Misdemeanor Assault To A Felony

In Texas, assault is ordinarily a Class A misdemeanor. But prosecutors can bump the charge to a third-degree felony if the assault is an act of family violence (i.e., domestic violence). The felony charge requires prosecutors to establish two things beyond a reasonable doubt:

The defendant committed the assault in question against a member of their family or household, or someone with whom they currently or previously had a “dating relationship”; and The defendant had a prior criminal conviction for an act of family violence.

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If you are charged with criminal assault, you need to take the matter seriously, especially if the alleged victim is someone with whom you have an existing relationship. An experienced assault and battery lawyer can zealously represent your interests in court. Contact Keith B. French Law, PLLC, today if you need to speak with an attorney right away.

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