How Will a Domestic Violence Conviction Impact My Life?

January 17th, 2022 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

Domestic violence crimes in Texas, which are typically charged as domestic assault under the Texas Penal Code, can have serious consequences in the event of a conviction. Not only can consequences include penalties associated with a criminal conviction, but a person can also experience other professional, familial, and social consequences that can have a major […]

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What Does It Mean When the Prosecution Gives an Accuser Immunity in a Domestic Violence Case?

November 14th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

Domestic violence cases often come down to the word of the accuser against that of the defendant. This means that it is crucial that the defense have an opportunity to fully cross-examine the accuser. Indeed, the right of “confrontation” is one of the basic constitutional requirements of any criminal trial. So what happens when an […]

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Can Prosecutors Prove Domestic Violence Even With Contradictory Eyewitness Testimony?

October 14th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Assault, Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence

Once police respond to a report of possible domestic violence, any evidence they legally obtain may later be used to prove that a crime occurred. This evidence need not include accusatory statements from the alleged victim. Indeed, even in cases where the alleged victim has denied–under oath–that any domestic violence took place, a judge or […]

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The Use of “Relationship” Evidence in Texas Criminal Domestic Violence Trials

September 14th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence

In most criminal trials, the prosecution cannot introduce evidence of a defendant’s “prior bad acts” to establish their guilt of the charged offense. But Texas law makes a notable exception for domestic violence cases. When the alleged victim of a crime is the defendant’s spouse or dating partner, or a member of their household, Section […]

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How to Obtain a Domestic Violence Protective Order in Texas

August 16th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence, Understanding Texas Law

There are few things more terrifying than being a victim of ongoing domestic violence. When you are a victim of domestic violence, you may constantly fear for the physical and emotional wellbeing of yourself and others in your household, including aging parents, young children, or even pets. If you are experiencing domestic violence in Texas, […]

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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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