Criminal recklessness refers to a person’s state of mind during the time a crime was committed. A person knows the risks involved in doing a certain action. For example, a person knows speeding down a residential street may cause injury to someone. Instead of avoiding the risk, the person does the act anyway. The risks may result in a crime occurring. Texas has a law regarding criminal recklessness.
In Texas, criminal recklessness is made illegal under the law prohibiting deadly conduct.
A person commits deadly conduct when they recklessly engage in conduct that places someone in imminent danger of serious bodily harm. A person can also be charged with the crime if they knowingly discharge a firearm at one or more people or at a building, car, or habitation.
Serious bodily harm, also called serious bodily injury, is a term used to distinguish different types of injuries. If an individual suffers serious bodily injury, they have injuries that are long-lasting or permanent. These injuries include:
In Texas, danger and recklessness is presumed if the person knowingly points a firearm in the general direction of someone. The firearm does not need to be pointed directly at the intended victim. It also does not matter if the firearm was loaded.
Deadly conduct is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by:
If you are accused of committing deadly conduct, you are facing a hefty fine and jail time. Talk to a Texas criminal defense lawyer immediately about by resolving your criminal charge to avoid such a severe punishment.
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