When Is a Crime Considered “Aggravated”?

January 25, 2017


Under the Texas Penal Code, and at the discretion of the local District Attorney, any crime can be “elevated” to a higher degree of potential punishment by declaring to be “aggravated.” As an example, if two patrons at a night club have a disagreement that escalates into a fight, both patrons could be charged with assault. If, however, one patron grabs a pool cue and strikes the other, the use of a weapon could elevate the crime from “simple assault” to a charge of “aggravated assault.”

If you a charged with a crime, “aggravated” places you at risk of having to post a higher bail bond to be released from jail, of having to pay a higher fine, and the prospect of a longer jail or prison sentence. Obviously, you will want to have the “aggravated” enhancement dropped. In this section, we will first look at how a charge might contain an “aggravated” component before learning how a criminal defense attorney can help you get your charges reduced.

If you or someone you know has been arrested for aggravated assault, you need a tough, smart lawyer who will protect your rights. Contact the Law Office of Brett A. Podolsky today to get the help you need.