How Witnessing Domestic Violence Affects Children

April 23rd, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

While they may not experience the same physical pain that a direct victim of abuse does, the impacts of domestic violence on children who witness it are no less severe. “Witnessing” may involve child who sees an attack or hears fighting, but it may also include seeing the after effects, such as blood, bruises, or […]

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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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Texas Supreme Court to Reconsider Property Division in Fault-Based Divorces

February 1st, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Divorce

Texas is a community property state. In plain terms, this means that all property acquired during a couple’s marriage is presumed to belong to both spouses equally. But this does not necessarily mean that community property is divided equally in the event of divorce. So if you live in the Galveston area and sue your […]

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Domestic Abuse Can Turn Your Misdemeanor Assault Charge Into a Felony

January 30th, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

Crimes involving domestic abuse in the Galveston area often carry significantly higher penalties than similar offenses against other persons. A common example of this is assault. Normally, assault is prosecuted in Texas as a Class A misdemeanor. This means that at worst, a defendant faces a year in jail if convicted. But when assault involves […]

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