If you’re facing criminal charges in Houston related to domestic violence, It’s a serious situation. As a Houston-based criminal defense lawyer with a specialization in criminal law, I want to provide you with an overview of domestic violence cases under Texas law.
If you’re seeking legal counsel, I’ll give you some insight into how the seasoned legal professionals at our law firm could assist you in such circumstances. If you have any questions, contact my office at 713-659-0909.
Domestic Violence & Texas Law
Under Texas law, domestic violence (also referred to as “family violence”) occurs when an individual commits or threatens a violent act against a family member, household member, or someone they’re currently dating or have dated in the past.
This act can either be intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or a genuine threat that reasonably places the victim in fear of imminent physical harm.
Texas Domestic Violence Laws at a Glance
The Texas Family Code §71.004 outlines the state’s legal definition of family violence. It’s important to understand this because the exact nature of the act and the relationship between the parties involved significantly impact the charges and potential penalties should the accused party be convicted.
Criminal Charges & Potential Consequences
The criminal classification of criminal charges for domestic violence in Texas can range from a Class C misdemeanor (for threats or minor physical contact) to a first-degree felony (for serious physical harm or use of a weapon).
The severity of the criminal classification of the offense is largely determined by the severity of the incident and whether there have been previous convictions on part of the accused party.
Penalties can vary widely. Penalties can range from a fine of up to $500 for a Class C misdemeanor to up to $10,000 and life in prison for a first-degree felony.
The severity of the penalties following a conviction underscores why it’s essential to have a skilled criminal defense attorney by your side. If we’re helping with your case, you can be assured that we’re committed to protecting your rights and working to minimize any potential penalties. That’s assuming we can’t get the case dismissed in Harris County, which we normally can.
Charged With Assaulting a Family Member?
Talk With A Houston Criminal Defense Attorney Today!
If you’re facing criminal charges for domestic violence, feel free to visit our law offices in Houston, Galveston, or League City. Seeking the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney should be your first step following any criminal charges, especially a domestic violence charge.
Because the first offense is usually a misdemeanor, but any subsequent offense will be classified as a felony.
Since 1991, I’ve dedicated myself and the resources of The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates to providing assertive and strategic defense for clients dealing with these challenging circumstances. If you have any questions or would like to talk with an experienced criminal defense lawyer, give us a call.
Protective Orders & Your Rights
If you’re involved in a domestic violence case, there’s a chance you could face a protective order (sometimes called a “restraining order”).
A violation of this protective order can lead to additional criminal charges. It’s wise to know what the protective order entails and so you won’t unintentionally violate it.
Crafting a Defense Strategy
When it comes to defense strategies for domestic violence charges, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Any defense strategy we develop will depend heavily on the details of your specific case.
Potential defense strategies might include arguing that the incident was an accident, you were acting in self-defense, or the alleged victim’s claims are false. As your attorney, I’d work closely with you to review the facts, examine the evidence, and build a strong defense strategy tailored to you and your situation.
Tad Nelson & Associates
Experienced, Assertive, Compassionate Defense Lawyers
With over three decades of experience in criminal law, I am committed to providing you with an effective defense that upholds your rights and addresses your individual circumstances with understanding.
We understand the life-changing implications of a conviction for a domestic violence charge and we’re committed to getting the best possible outcome for your situation.
The Law Office of Tad Nelson & Associates stands ready to guide you through the complexities of the legal system in both Harris County & Galveston County.
Remember, domestic violence charges can have severe implications. Especially on a 2nd offense or more. If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges in Houston for domestic violence or assault on a family member, reach out to one of our Houston criminal defense lawyers today.