The criminal charge of Deadly Conduct can be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony under Texas law. The misdemeanor penalty range is a Class A which is up to one year in jail. The penalty range for the felony is a third degree which is 2-10 years in prison range of punishment. If a person has never been convicted of a felony then they can also receive probation.
A person can be charged with Deadly Conduct under three scenarios.
- If a person recklessly engages in conduct that puts a person in imminent danger of serious bodily injury. This definition can cover many different situations and is charged as a misdemeanor.
- A person can be charged with a felony Deadly Conduct if they knowingly discharge a firearm at or in the direction of one or more individuals.
- A person can also be charged with a felony Deadly Conduct if they knowingly discharge a firearm at a house, building or vehicle that’s occupied.