Texas Violent Crimes

Violent & Destructive Crimes

We have grouped Violent & Destructive Texas crimes together here because each of these offenses require some element of physical harm or damage to another person (or, in some cases, at least the threat of serious harm).

Homicide crimes like murder and manslaughter are among the most serious crimes in the criminal justice system. Criminal homicide offenses are primarily found in Chapter 19 of the Texas Penal Code (abbreviated here as “PC”). However, many other crimes may involve the death of someone involved. For instance, Intoxication Manslaughter requires the death of someone involved in a drunk driving wreck, and the death of a person in an unintentional accident renders the driver liable to give aid and report the accident under penalty of a second degree felony.

Assault offenses are found primarily in Chapter 22 of the Penal Code. There are many possible enhancements for Assault charges, such as deadly weapon or victim-status enhancements (for instance if the victim was a peace officer or family member). There are several defenses available to people charged with assault crimes that are unique to the Assault offense as well, such as “self-defense” or “consent.” Learn more about the Defenses to Assault

The list below contains each of the violent and destructive offenses in Texas.

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