Comparing Civil and Criminal Domestic Violence Cases in Texas

July 14th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence, Houston Criminal Cases

Allegations of domestic violence are treated very seriously in Texas, which is why lawmakers have enacted numerous statutes to protect victims and their families. Still, you might not realize that the structure of these laws actually creates two separate types of legal proceedings. The allegations of an accuser could lead to: A criminal case involving […]

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Do I Need a Lawyer to Fight Domestic Violence Charges?

May 18th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence, Felony Crimes, Misdemeanor Crimes

Whether you are going through a breakup or a divorce and domestic violence allegations have arisen out of your split with your ex, or if you are facing domestic violence charges under different circumstances, it is critical to begin working with a Texas domestic violence defense attorney as soon as you can. While you might […]

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The Effects of Strangulation Accusations on Domestic Violence Charges

March 12th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

Domestic violence allegations are always taken seriously in Texas. Certain claims can, however, make the repercussions of a domestic violence accusation even more devastating. If, for instance, an alleged victim claims that a domestic violence incident included an act of strangulation, the defendant’s charges could be enhanced to felony assault family violence. For help defending […]

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What You Should Know About Protective Orders in Texas

February 10th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

Those who have been the victims of domestic violence in Texas can legally protect themselves by requesting a protective order. These orders are issued by the court and are specifically designed to shield petitioners from further violence. There are, however, certain procedures and rules with which petitioners must comply, so if you believe that you […]

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Alternatives to Incarceration for Those Convicted of Domestic Violence

January 15th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

Being convicted of domestic violence can have devastating consequences for the parties involved, especially if the conviction was based on untrue or exaggerated allegations. Fortunately, just because a person has been charged with domestic violence does not mean that he or she will need to spend time in prison. In fact, there are a number […]

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Domestic Violence Proceedings

December 9th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

In Texas, allegations of domestic violence are taken very seriously. For this reason, a number of processes were put in place, from the time of the initial accusations and potential arrest, to the eventual resolution of a case, to ensure that victims are protected and that defendants who have been wrongly accused are not unfairly […]

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Threats of Violence Can Lead to Domestic Violence Charges

November 11th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

Heated arguments can quickly lead to incidents of domestic violence and eventually to criminal charges, even in cases where no physical violence actually occurred. Allegations of domestic violence can have significant repercussions for all of the parties involved, so if you were recently unfairly accused of domestic violence, or were the victim of unlawful threats, […]

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Domestic Violence Is Not Exclusive to Marital or Romantic Relationships

October 12th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

Although we often associate domestic violence with acts involving a spouse or romantic partner, in fact, Texas law provides enhanced penalties for anyone convicted who commits a violent crime against any “family member,” which can include a parent, sibling, or child. These instances can result in a variety of consequences. If it is between spouses […]

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The Burden of Proof in a Domestic Violence Case

September 14th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

In domestic violence cases, as with any criminal matter, prosecutors may rely on circumstantial and/or direct evidence to establish a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Put another way, a jury can infer that domestic violence occurred from many smaller pieces of indirect evidence even when there is no direct accusation from the victim. Indeed, […]

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When Is It “Unfair Prejudice” for a Prosecutor to Bring Up Additional Allegations in a Domestic Violence Case?

August 12th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

An issue that often comes up in the trial of domestic violence cases is the admission of evidence regarding “extraneous offenses.” That is to say, if you are accused of assaulting a family member, can the prosecution introduce allegations of similar prior acts as evidence against you? The short answer is that such evidence is […]

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