Domestic violence charges can have a serious impact on the rest of your life. If you have questions about domestic violence issues, contact our firm to schedule a consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney today.
Dealing With a Domestic Violence Arrest
At Tad Nelson & Associates, we represent people throughout the Houston and Galveston County metro areas who have been charged with domestic violence. These are serious charges and we will keep you informed about what is likely to happen at each step of the process.
Below, we have provided some general information on domestic violence law in Texas. To learn more about how we can help you protect yourself from these charges, we encourage you to contact us for a consultation with a lawyer.
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You can trust Tad Nelson & Associates to provide you with knowledgeable advice and skilled legal representation as you fight back against these damaging charges. We will work closely with you, encouraging you to ask questions and providing you with the honest answers you need as your case unfolds.
Domestic violence charges can have a serious impact on the rest of your life, making it crucial to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. Call (281) 280-0100, or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
Domestic Violence Charges and Sentencing
Most domestic violence charges can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor. A defendant charged with a felony can serve significant time in prison, whereas a defendant charged with a misdemeanor may serve only a short jail term or be required to pay a fine, attend counseling or be put on probation.
Contact Tad Nelson & Associates in League City, Texas, today to schedule a consultation with a criminal defense attorney to discuss your options.
Misdemeanor or felony?
Whether a crime is a felony or a misdemeanor is determined by the seriousness of the crime and the relevant state laws. In many jurisdictions, acts that result in serious injuries are charged as felonies. Cases with no injury or slight injury are charged as misdemeanors. A prosecutor may consider prior violent acts by the defendant to determine the level of crime to charge.
Sentencing for misdemeanor domestic violence convictions differs state to state. The penalties also depend on the specific facts of each case. The court will consider prior convictions, whether the abuser was on probation or parole, the local community’s attitude toward the crime and any mitigating or aggravating circumstances. Some of the penalties that may attach to misdemeanor domestic violence include:
- Mandatory treatment programs
- Short to moderate jail sentences
- Pay restitution to the victim
In many states, misdemeanor defendants may face up to a year in the county jail plus a significant fine for each charged offense, but judges may be more lenient for first time offenders.
Penalties for felony convictions are more serious than for misdemeanors, and vary greatly by state, by the severity of the crime and by the particular circumstances of each case. Generally, penalties range from shorter prison terms and moderate fines for less severe felonies to life sentences and large fines for more serious offenses. States with the death penalty may seek it in cases of domestic violence that result in death.
Speak to a domestic violence lawyer
Contact Tad Nelson & Associates in League City today to schedule a consultation with a criminal defense attorney who can explain the domestic violence laws in Texas and how they apply to your situation.
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