Black Friday & Potential Assault Charges

Black Friday is coming up, which means it’s time to save on big-ticket items; if you can get to them before other customers. While there is nothing wrong with a little friendly competition for doorbuster deals, certain acts could result in assault charges.

Texas Assault Charges

Texas law defines “assault” as intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injuries to others, or knowingly threatening another with imminent bodily injury.

In Texas, a simple assault charge is a Class A misdemeanor which could result in one of the following penalties:

  • a fine not to exceed $4,000;
  • confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year; or
  • both such fine and confinement.

Now that we know the punishments, what shopping actions could result in assault charges?

Black Friday & Assault Charges

The following shopping acts could result in assault charges:

  • Threatening to harm another shopper for any reason;
  • Recklessly running into another shopper while trying to get doorbuster deals;
  • Fighting a shopper over a rare item;
  • Pushing a shopper out of the way for any reason.

As you can see, several Black Friday acts could result in assault charges for the accused. If you or a loved one is accused of assault, you have the right to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney for your case.

Arrested for Assault?

Assault charges, especially ones involving threats as opposed to physical contact, can be blown out of proportion by the “victim.” Therefore, those accused of assault should take to an attorney about their case.

Smith & Vinson is an award-winning criminal defense firm that gets results for its clients. Our attorneys work tirelessly on behalf of the accused, helping them receive fair treatment and just representation. If you need help with your case, Smith & Vinson has got your back.

Call (512) 359-3743 now for a free consultation for your case.