What to Do If You Are Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence

February 10th, 2022 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is taken extremely seriously in Texas, and there are many circumstances in which spouses, partners, and others can suffer immensely at the hands of a family member who engages in domestic violence. According to the Center for Prosecutor Integrity, false accusations of domestic violence are not especially common, but they also are not […]

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What Happens When a Judge Fails to Give Proper Jury Instructions in a Domestic Violence Case?

January 16th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

Every Texas criminal defendant has the right to a trial by jury. This includes criminal allegations of domestic violence, or “family violence” as it is known in the Penal Code. A key element of a jury trial is that the judge must properly instruct jurors on the applicable law of each alleged offense. This means […]

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How to Break the Cycle of Domestic Abuse

July 3rd, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

If domestic abuse has a pattern, that pattern would be the cycle. The key to ending abuse is to disrupt the cycle and using all legal means available. Read on for more information about how to end abuse—and possibly save your life in the process. The Cycle of Domestic Abuse According to experts, domestic abuse […]

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How to Fight a Protective Order in Galveston, Texas

June 25th, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

Protective orders are powerful tools. If a judge issues a domestic violence order of protection against you, you might need to move out of the house and turn over any firearm in your possession. Protective orders can frustrate your ability to take care of yourself and deter you from seeing your children. As a result, […]

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How to Extend or Modify a Protective Order in a Texas Domestic Violence Case

May 29th, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

If you have a Texas protective order for your security and the safety of your family, it can be terrifying to think about what the abuser may do when the stated time period comes to an end. According to the terms included in the order, a restraining order may be in effect for a few […]

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Developing a Safety Plan in a Texas Domestic Violence Case

April 30th, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence gathers data from all US states, and the statistics on the frequency of domestic incidents in Texas are disturbing. Roughly one-third of women and a quarter of men experience some form of physical violence by a spouse, former spouse, or unmarried intimate partner. There were more than 185,000 calls […]

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Is a 911 Call Admissible as Evidence of Domestic Abuse?

March 28th, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse incidents often involve sudden bursts of violence that can seriously threaten the lives of the victim and other people in the household. If you are a target of, or witness to, such abuse it is imperative to call 911 and seek police assistance, especially if physical violence has already occurred. Galveston-area police are […]

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Can Non-Verbal “Communication” Violate a Domestic Violence Restraining Order?

March 21st, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

Domestic violence allegations in the Galveston area frequently lead one party to seek a protective order against the other. In some cases the parties may agree to entry of a protective order in order to deescalate a tense situation–such as the breakup of a marriage–and give both sides some breathing room. Keep in mind, however, […]

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What Is Considered “Harassment” in Violation of a Galveston Domestic Abuse Protection Order?

February 22nd, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse allegations frequently arise during contested divorce cases in Galveston County. A judge may issue a protective order in favor of one spouse. Such an order can restrict the alleged abuser in a number of ways, such as how and when they may contact the complaining spouse. Violating a domestic abuse protection order is […]

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What Happens If You Violate Your Parole Following a Domestic Violence Conviction?

February 15th, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

Judges in the Galveston area will not accept any excuses when it comes to domestic violence charges. Keep in mind that under Texas law, the normal criminal penalties for assault are enhanced if the accuser is a family member or someone you were in a prior relationship with. And if you are offered community supervision–probation–following […]

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