Blue lives matter. The slogan is trite to the point of idiocy.
Anyone with any doubt about whether the State of Texas values “blue lives” — the lives of police officers — more highly than “black lives,” or for that matter “white lives” or “brown lives,” need look no further than the Texas Penal Code for positive proof.
The Fairness of Law
An assault causing bodily against a “civilian” is a Class A Misdemeanor. The same assault against a public servant (while the public servant is lawfully discharging an official duty, or in retaliation for or on account of his performance of official duty) is enhanced to a 3rd Degree Felony criminal offense.
That’s two categories higher, from a maximum of 1 year in jail to a maximum of 10 years in prison.
Further Enhancements for Public Servant Assault Cases
Similarly, an aggravated assault (causing serious bodily injury, or exhibiting a deadly weapon) against a regular person is a second-degree felony, with a maximum penalty of twenty years in prison.
The same assault against a public servant is a 1st Degree Felony, with a maximum life sentence.
Should offenses against public servants be punished more harshly than offenses against regular folk?
Maybe they should be. They sure are. When it comes to showing which lives matter more, the Texas Legislature doesn’t mess around.
Our Legal Team Will Defend You
If you are charged with assault on a public servant in Texas and you need to hire expert counsel to help you fight, call Bennett & Bennett at 713.224.1747.
Our legal team, led by myself, Attorney Mark W. Bennett, will take every step necessary to give you the best legal defense possible for your case. We have a number of references, and are held in high regard by our clients, many of which, have left reviews of their experiences working with our legal team.