Assault against Emergency Service Personnel

If you are charged with an assaultive offense for causing bodily injury to emergency service personnel or licensed paramedic under Penal Code, Sec. 22.01(a)(1), contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy in Fort Worth, TX.

Although assault is normally a misdemeanor, the offense is charged as a third-degree felony if the person assaulted is an emergency service personnel or licensed paramedic and the defendant knows the person is an emergency service personnel and the assault is done while the person is lawfully discharging an official duty.


Elements of Assault on Emergency Service Personnel in Fort Worth, TX

The elements of the offense of assault by causing bodily injury to emergency service personnel under Penal Code, Sec. 22.01(a)(1) require proof of the following elements:

  • the defendant intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly;
  • caused bodily injury to another;
  • the victim was an emergency service personnel and the assault is done while the person is lawfully discharging an official duty.

The term “emergency medical services” means services used to respond to an individual's perceived need for immediate medical care and to prevent death or aggravation of physiological or psychological illness or injury.

The term “emergency services personnel” includes firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, emergency room personnel, and other individuals who, in the course and scope of employment or as a volunteer, provide services for the benefit of the general public during emergency situations.

The term “emergency medical services personnel” means:

  • licensed paramedic; 
  • emergency medical technicians-paramedic;
  • emergency medical technicians-intermediate;
  • emergency medical technicians; or
  • emergency care attendant.

The offense of assault by causing bodily injury to emergency service personnel under Penal Code, Sec. 22.01(a)(1) is charged as a Third-Degree Felony.


Attorney for Assault against an EMT in Fort Worth, TX

If you were charged with intentionally or knowingly committing the offense of assault on an EMT or emergency service worker, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy. Call for a free consultation to discuss the charges against you. We can provide you with an aggressive defense to fight the charge during each stage of the case with the goal of getting the criminal charges dismissed completely.

Call (817) 422-5350 today if your case involves an allegation that you intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury to an emergency service personnel. Let us put our experience to work for you.


This article was last updated on Monday, April 17, 2017.

 

 

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