The crime of domestic violence is taken very seriously in Texas, and if you are charged with domestic violence and convicted, you could not only face criminal penalties (which could include a fine, incarceration, or both), but also being forced to move out of your home, losing custody of your children, and having a order placed against you that prevents you from going to certain locations.
If you have been charged with domestic violence, it is important that you realize the severe impact these charges could have on the rest of your life. Contact our law firm immediately to schedule a consultation with an experienced Texas domestic violence attorney today.
Dealing with a Domestic Violence Arrest
If you have been arrested for domestic violence, it is important that you understand your rights, including the rights to remain silent and seek legal representation, and what will unfold as you move through the criminal justice system. To guide you through the entire process, it is advised that you contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
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Defining Domestic Violence in Texas
Rather than referring to violence against a member of one’s domestic residence as domestic violence, Texas Penal Code calls it “family violence.” Section 71.004 of Texas Penal Code defines family violence as any act that is intended to result in physical harm, assault, bodily injury, or sexual assault or that creates the threat thereof, and that is performed by one member of a family or a household against another. Keep in mind that by definition, then, a person can be convicted of a family violence crime even if the person against whom they were violent is not a direct member of their family (but instead resides in the same household), and even if the defendant does not actually cause physical harm to the person, but merely instills the threat of harm.
- FAQ’S of Domestic Violence
- Overview of Domestic Violence
- Domestic Violence Charges and Sentencing
- Orders of Protection
- Domestic Violence and Child Custody
- Federal Full Faith and Credit Law
Penalties for Domestic Violence
The penalties for domestic violence vary depending upon the severity of the violence. A misdemeanor offense conviction will carry a fine, and possible incarceration time. When a person is convicted of a first degree felony, however, the penalty is much more severe, and could even result in a charge of life in prison.
Defending Yourself Against Domestic Violence Charges in Texas
There are number of potential defenses to domestic violence charges, including that the violence was unintentional or accidental, that you were acting in self defense, or that the victim is falsely accusing you. When you hire the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates, we will do everything possible to help you build a viable defense, have charges against you dropped or reduced, and overall secure the best outcome for your case as is possible.
Contact Our Experienced Legal Team Today
Being charged with domestic violence can change your life, leaving you with questions about what will happen next. Start writing your own story for your future – contact our law offices today for a consultation with an experienced Texas domestic violence lawyer that you can trust.
Domestic Violence Resource Links
Contains detailed information on domestic violence, including information for victims, abusers and family members.
Website dedicated to preventing violence within the home and in the community, providing information on domestic violence, working with children affected directly or indirectly by abuse and other important information. Formerly the Family Violence Prevention Fund.
A public education program designed to stimulate community involvement and generate confidence in comprehensive crime prevention activities.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website about child abuse, domestic violence, sexual crimes and youth violence.
Resource for domestic violence offenders, providing counseling programs, education sources, support groups and other materials to help break the chain of abuse in intimate relationships.