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Chapter 22 of the Texas Penal Code outlines assaultive offenses. Section 22.05 of the Texas Penal Code prohibits conduct referred to as deadly conduct. 

A person accused of deadly conduct needs aggressive criminal defense attorneys to fight for them. The Tarrant County Criminal Defense Attorneys with The Law Office of David Sloane are here to defend you, your rights, and your freedom.

Deadly Conduct Explained – Texas Penal Code § 22.05(a)

What is Deadly Conduct under Texas criminal law? 

Pursuant to Texas Penal Code § 22.05(a), a person commits the offense of deadly conduct if the actor recklessly engages in conduct that places another in imminent danger of serious bodily injury.

What is Serious Bodily Injury under Texas criminal law?

Serious Bodily Injury is defined under Texas Penal Code § 1.07(46) as physical pain, illness, or any impairment of physical condition that creates a substantial risk of death or that causes death, serious permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ.

What is the Punishment Range for Deadly Conduct? 

Under Texas Penal Code § 22.05(e), deadly conduct by reckless engagement in conduct that placed another in imminent danger of serious bodily injury is a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable up to one year in the county jail and a fine up to $4,000.

To learn more about Class A Misdemeanors, visit Do I Need a Lawyer for a Class A Misdemeanor? 

Deadly Conduct with a Firearm Explained – Texas Penal Code § 22.05(b)

What is Deadly Conduct with a Firearm under Texas criminal law?

Pursuant to Texas Penal Code § 22.05(b), a person commits the offense of deadly conduct if the person discharges a firearm at or in the direction of:

  1. One or more individuals; or
  2. A habitation, building, or vehicle and is reckless as to whether the habitation, building, or vehicle is occupied.

Recklessness and danger are presumed if the actor knowingly pointed a firearm at or in the direction of another regardless of whether the actor believed the firearm to be loaded.

What is the punishment range for Deadly Conduct with a firearm?

Under Texas Penal Code § 22.05(2), deadly conduct with a firearm is a third-degree felony, punishable between two to ten years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

To learn more about felonies, visit Tarrant County Felony Criminal Defense Attorney.

Should I be Worried about a Deadly Weapon Enhancement? 

Yes! A Deadly Weapon is defined under Texas Penal Code § 1.07(a)(17) as:

  • A firearm or anything manifestly designed, made or adapted for the purpose of inflicting death or serious bodily injury; OR 
  • Anything that in the manner of its use or intended use is capable of causing death or serious bodily injury. 

A deadly weapon enhancement will impact a person’s parole and probation eligibility. Instead of only having to serve a quarter of a prison sentence prior to becoming parole eligible, a deadly weapon enhancement will delay parole eligibility until half of the sentence is served, or 30 years, whichever is less. Additionally, a deadly weapon enhancement will also disqualify an individual from some forms of probation.

How to Fight - Contact Us for a Free Consultation with our Tarrant County Deadly Conduct Criminal Defense Attorneys

You need an aggressive criminal defense attorney to fight deadly conduct allegations. A deadly conduct conviction carries life-long consequences – such as, jail or prison time, future criminal punishment enhancements, and stains on your criminal record. The Tarrant County Criminal Defense Attorneys with The Law Office of David Sloane are ready to protect you.

Our Tarrant County Deadly Conduct Criminal Defense Lawyers have helped thousands of clients fight assault related cases in Tarrant County and throughout the greater Dallas – Fort Worth Area, such as:

Contact us today at (817) 349-7118 for a FREE Consultation with the Tarrant County Deadly Conduct Criminal Defense Lawyers at The Law Offices of David Sloane!


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