L3R – 3.10 Law Violations Encountered by Security Officers

3.10 Law Violations Encountered by Security Officers

The following is a list of offenses, with their Penal Code references, that a security officer may encounter while on duty:

  • Kidnapping (PC §20.03)
  • Aggravated Kidnapping (PC §20.04)
  • Assault (PC §22.01)
  • Aggravated Assault (PC §22.02)
  • Deadly Conduct (PC §22.05)
  • Arson (PC §28.02)
  • Robbery (PC §29.02)
  • Aggravated Robbery (PC §29.03)
  • Burglary (PC §30.02)
  • Theft (PC §31.03)

Two of the more common crimes that you will experience as a security officer are assault and aggravated assault. They are detailed further below.


I Assault

A person commits an offense if the person:

  • intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another, including the person’s spouse;
  • intentionally or knowingly threatens another with imminent bodily injury, including the person’s spouse; or
  • intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another when the person knows or should reasonably believe that the other will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.

An offense under Subsection (a)(1) is a Class A misdemeanor, except that the offense is a felony of the third degree if the offense is committed against a person the actor knows is a public servant while the public servant is lawfully discharging an official duty, or in retaliation or on account of an exercise of official power or performance of an official duty as a public servant.

For purposes of Subsection (b), the actor is presumed to have known the person assaulted was a public servant, a security officer, or emergency services personnel if the person was wearing a distinctive uniform or badge indicating the person’s employment as a public servant or status as a security officer or emergency services personnel.


II Aggravated Assault

A person commits an offense if the person commits assault as defined previously and the person:

  • causes serious bodily injury to another, including the person’s spouse; or
  • uses or exhibits a deadly weapon during the commission of the assault.

An offense under this section is a felony of the second degree, except that the offense is a felony of the first degree if the actor uses a deadly weapon during the commission of the assault and causes serious bodily injury to a person whose relationship to or association with the defendant is described by Section 71.0021(b), 71.003, or 71.005, Family Code.