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Black Friday & Assault Charges


Many people love Thanksgiving, but some coast through the day waiting for what they’re really thankful for: Black Friday. Black Friday is known for housing some of the best deals of the year, and with Christmas just around the corner, some shoppers end up saving thousands on presents.

Unfortunately, the insane deals can drive people to do things they wouldn’t normally do, including commit assault.

Texas Definition of Assault

Texas defines assault in several ways, including:

  • intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury to another; and
  • intentionally or knowingly threatening another with imminent bodily injury.

As you can see, assault charges stem from physical contact or verbal threats. With these definitions in mind, let’s look at some Black Friday behaviors that could result in assault charges.

Black Friday Assault Behaviors

Assault charges stem from physical contact or verbal threats, so here are some examples of how shoppers could face assault charges on Black Friday:

  • Threatening to hurt someone if they don’t back off on a deal;
  • Accidentally (recklessly) knocking someone over when running to get doorbusters;
  • Fighting with another customer over the last available item;
  • Stealing an item out of another customer’s hands (even if the customer hasn’t purchased it yet);
  • Threatening to hurt a store associate or employee for any reason.

Need Representation for Assault Charges?

If you or a loved one is accused of committing an assault, you have the right to hire skilled criminal defense for your case. The Law Office of John L. Venza Jr. has decades of criminal defense experience that can help clients get the result they deserve.

Call (281) 817-8737 now for a free consultation for your case!

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