Dallas, TX asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Employment Law for Texas

Q: Is a store employee aloud to put there hands on me if I did nothing wrong as in I didn't steal anything

1 Lawyer Answer
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
  • Frisco, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: “Putting their hands on you” is a broad term. Generally speaking, it is not illegal to physically touch another person. On the other hand, intentionally assaulting or offensively touching someone (eg punching, slapping, kicking, clawing, forcefully shoving, etc) might be a crime depending upon the circumstances.

Again, depending upon the situation, you should report an assault or offensive touching to police as soon as possible. The passage of time between the incident and report can easily be perceived as uncertainty by the victim as to whether the action of the perpetrator was an intentional attack or was offensive.

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