How long do you go to jail for assault in Texas? The punishment for assault in Texas depends on the level of the offense, often determined by the harm the other party suffered.
Threatening to cause injury under normal circumstances as compared to someone in a domestic situation is a class C misdemeanor. Offensive and provocative contact under normal conditions is a class C misdemeanor. Examples of this include grabbing the victim’s genitals without permission and reaching to grab them while they try to evade it. The most common penalty is a fine of up to 500 dollars plus court costs. Jail time is rare for this.
Threatening to injury someone or making offensive physical contact during a sporting event against a participant is a class B misdemeanor. This means you can go to jail for up to 180 days or forced to pay a 2K fine, if you attack a player, coach or referee.
If you assault someone in a domestic situation and cause injury or pain, it is a class A misdemeanor. Offensive contact or threatening to cause injury to an elderly person is also a class A misdemeanor. The maximum fine is 4000 dollars, and you can be sent to prison for up to a year.
Assault is a third degree felony if you cause pain / injury to a public servant or attempt to strangulate or suffocate someone in a domestic relationship. Repeat domestic violence offenses are a felony, as well. Using a deadly weapon or causing serious bodily injury during any level of assault makes it a second degree felony. Sexual assault is by itself a second degree felony. Sexually assaulting a child or elder or using a deadly weapon during the incident increases the penalties.