Chuck Knoblauch, local and national baseball star, he has been charged under the new law
that makes choking a family member a third degree felony. Mr. Knoblauch
enjoyed athletic success from an early age while playing baseball at Bellaire
High School. Next, he moved on to Texas A&M University where he was
named a second team All American. In 1991, his rookie year with the Minnesota
Twins, he won a World Series Championship and the American League Rookie
of the Year Award. Before retiring from baseball in 2003 he won three
World Series Championships as a member of the New York Yankees.
Luckily, Mr. Knoblauch is presumed to be innocent. His predicament illustrates
how easily a person can be charged with a Felony in Texas now that the
law has changed. The last Texas Legislation made
choking a Family Member a third degree felony even if the person does not have a criminal history.
If these allegations would have been brought forward in August of this
year he would be facing misdemeanor charges. A felony charge is much more
serious with the range of punishment being two to ten years in prison
as opposed to the one year maximum punishment for a misdemeanor.
The ability to file these charges as a felony gives the prosecutor another
tool to extort a guilty plea from a person. On a highly contested case
the assistant district attorney will likely offer to reduce the charges
to a misdemeanor. This may seem like a fair resolution unless the person
is compromising. If this is the case they should keep in mind that a second
charge of Family Violence Assault is a third degree felony just like the