You can call the county clerk of courts to find out what the degree of the charge is designated.
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This sounds like an aggravated assault under 22.02 of the penal code, which is a second degree felony, meaning the punishment range is 2-20 years in TDCJ and a maximum fine of $10,000. Probation is a possibility, up to 10 years. Be careful about posting specific information in this forum because their is no privilege or confidentiality. He needs an attorney to fight for him.
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Depending on the details of the case, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is either a 2nd degree felony or a 1st degree felony under Texas law.
A second degree felony carries a maximum penalty of 20 years prison and a $10 thousand fine. Minimum is 2 years and no fine. Probation after conviction is possible, but only from a jury. Deferred probation is possible but usually not probable.
On the other hand, a person charged with aggravated assault really should be looking to get a good criminal defense lawyer working on the case. A good criminal defense lawyer may be able to find a way to defend the case.
For more information, you may wish to visit my firm's website, specifically the page there about criminal defense, http://www.epjlaw.com/Criminal_Law.html
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