Dallas Domestic Violence Lawyers
Domestic Violence Laws in Texas
In Texas, an assaultive offense is defined as intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing or threatening to cause bodily injury to another person. Such action is referred to as family violence when it is committed against someone who is a family or household member or has some type of domestic relationship with the alleged offender. Depending on the circumstances, the crime can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony, which can result in fines and/or incarceration.
At Scott H. Palmer, P.C., our skilled Dallas domestic violence lawyers understand what is at stake with an assault conviction in Texas. We provide our clients with honest assessments of their cases, as well as explain their options so they can make informed decisions about how to move forward.
Backed by over 98 years of combined experience, we are more than prepared to assist with your case. When you hire us, you'll get a team of lawyers working together to develop a solid defense strategy on your behalf. Additionally, we will leverage the experience of Attorney Scott H. Palmer, who is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Have questions about your case? Want to know your legal options? Call our team at (214) 891-3382 today for the answers you need.
Domestic Violence Charges in Texas
Assault family violence charges arise when an alleged victim claims that their household or family member caused them injury in some way. The harm can either be physical or emotional, stemming from contact with or threats against the alleged victim.
Texas Penal Code defines an assault offense as:
- Causing bodily injury
- Threatening to cause bodily injury
- Physically contacting someone in a way they would consider provocative or offensive
For these actions to be considered criminal, they must have been committed intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly.
Under Texas law, the following are considered family or household members:
- Two people related by blood or marriage
- Two people who are spouses or former spouses
- Two people who share a child together
- Foster children and foster parents
- People who are currently or were formerly in a dating relationship
Texas Domestic Violence Penalties
Assault family violence is either a misdemeanor or felony. The conviction penalties that may be imposed depend on the facts of the case.
The charges for domestic violence include:
- Class C misdemeanor: This is charged when the offense involves provocative or offensive physical contact. The punishments include a fine of up to $500.
- Class A misdemeanor: A person faces this level of charge when they cause bodily injury to a family or household member. A conviction can result in as much as 1 year in jail and/or a fine of up to $4,000.
- Third-degree felony: Assault family violence or impeding breath/circulation cases are third-degree felonies when the accused has a previous conviction for this offense, and they cause bodily injury to a household or family member. The conviction penalties include between 2 and 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
At our firm, the most common assault charges we handle involve domestic violence. What most of our clients do not understand before they enter our office is that the Texas state legislature has created family violence enhancement when it comes to crimes involving family abuse such as child abuse or sexual abuse of a family member.
The enhancement means that assault convictions involving family violence carry harsher penalties than other types of assault.
A conviction will lead to:
- Longer jail sentences
- Higher fines
- An inability to possess or own a firearm
You need an aggressive, experienced Dallas domestic violence attorney who can protect your rights and defend against assault allegations.
Domestic Violence Defense Strategy in Texas
If you've been arrested for domestic violence or any other assault charge, reach out to us for legal representation in Dallas. We offer phone consultations to new clients. Once a client and you're unable to come to our offices, we will travel to meet you.
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