Coppell, TX asked in Criminal Law for Texas

Q: My 17 year old son got into a fight with another student at school. My son hit this student. Can he be charged?

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Paul Saputo Jr.
Paul Saputo Jr.
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Dallas, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Yes, in Texas a person commits assault if he intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another or intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another when the person knows or should reasonably believe that the other will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.

You can learn more about this on my website at https://saputo.law/assault/

Kiele Linroth Pace agrees with this answer

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Austin, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: To add to Mr. Saputo's excellent answer I will point out that, for the purposes of the Assault laws, the term "bodily injury" can be anything that causes pain. No scratch, cut, swelling, or bruise is required.

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