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Aggravated Assault Penal Codes



     (a) A person commits an
          offense if the person commits assault as defined in § 22.01 and
          the person:

               (1) causes serious bodily injury to another, including
                    the person's spouse; or

               (2) uses or exhibits a deadly weapon during the
                    commission of the assault.

     (b) An offense under this section is a felony of the second
          degree, except that the offense is a felony of the first degree if:

               (1) the actor uses a deadly weapon during the
                    commission of the assault and causes serious bodily injury to a
                    person whose relationship to or association with the defendant is
                    described by Section 71.0021(b), 71.003, or 71.005, Family Code;

               (2) regardless of whether the offense is committed
                    under Subsection (a)(1) or (a)(2), the offense is committed:

                         (A) by a public servant acting under color of the
                              servant's office or employment;

                         (B) against a person the actor knows is a public
                              servant while the public servant is lawfully discharging an
                              official duty, or in retaliation or on account of an exercise of
                              official power or performance of an official duty as a public

                         (C) in retaliation against or on account of the
                              service of another as a witness, prospective witness, informant, or
                              person who has reported the occurrence of a crime; or

                         (D) against a person the actor knows is a
                              security officer while the officer is performing a duty as a
                              security officer.

     (c) The actor is presumed to have known the person assaulted
          was a public servant or a security officer if the person was wearing
          a distinctive uniform or badge indicating the person's employment
          as a public servant or status as a security officer.

     (d) In this section, "security officer" means a
          commissioned security officer as defined by Section 1702.002,

Occupations Code, or a noncommissioned security officer registered
under Section 1702.221, Occupations Code.

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