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.

What Is the Law Regarding Criminal Recklessness in Texas?

In Texas, criminal recklessness is made illegal under the law prohibiting deadly conduct.

How Does Texas Define 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.

How Is Serious Bodily Harm Defined in Texas?

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:

  • Loss of limbs
  • Spine, head, or neck injuries
  • Serious cuts
  • Serious burns
  • Scarring
  • Paralysis
  • Serious disfigurement

What If I Shot My Gun in Someone’s Direction, but Not at Them?

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.

What Is the Punishment for a Deadly Conduct Conviction?

Deadly conduct is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by:

  • One year in county jail
  • $4,000 fine
  • Fine and county jail time

Should I Contact a Lawyer about My Deadly Conduct Charge?

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.