Domestic and Family Violence in Texas
Protection from a Houston Criminal Lawyer
In Texas, Domestic and Family Violence charges are taken very seriously
by Texas courts, prosecutors will move forward with a domestic or family
violence case even if the alleged victim does not want to pursue the charge
and has signed an Affidavit of Non-Prosecution and has changed or recanted
their statement made to the police.
A Misdemeanor Assault is punishable by 1 day to 365 days in the County
Jail, and/or $1.00 to $4,000.00 in fines. You can be charged with a Class
"A" Misdemeanor if you cause bodily injury to another person;
or you can be charged with a Class "C" Misdemeanor if you threaten
another person with imminent bodily injury, or cause physical contact
with another person when you know or should reasonably believe that the
other person will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.
Texas Penal Code §22.01
If you have a prior conviction for an Assault Family Violence; or if you
impede the normal breathing or circulation of the blood by applying pressure
to the throat or neck, or by blocking the nose or mouth of another person
who meets the definition of the
Texas Family Code, then you can be charged with a Third Degree Felony or Second Degree Felony.
You will be charged with an Aggravated Assault if you commit an Assault
as defined in
Texas Penal Code §22.01 and cause serious bodily injury to the other person; or use or exhibit
a deadly weapon during the commission of the Assault. An Aggravated Assault
is a Second Degree Felony which is punishable by 2 to 20 years in the
Texas Department of Corrections, and/or a fine from $1.00 up to $10,000.00.
Texas Penal Code §22.02
If you use a deadly weapon during the commission of the Assault and cause
serious bodily injury to another person who meets the definition of the
Texas Family Code, then you will be charged with a First Degree Felony.
Assaults which are classified as Domestic and Family Violence are the same
as other Assaults except the charge is enhanced because the individuals
involved are in a Household, Dating, or Family relationship as defined by the
Texas Family Code.
Reliable Houston Domestic Violence Lawyer
My goal is always to resolve these cases as quickly as possible so you
can get back to living a normal life. Even in cases where the charges
appear to have some merit, I have been successful at having orders of
protection amended to allow my clients to return home even while their
case is pending, as long as there is no additional harm caused.
As a Houston criminal attorney, I have represented clients throughout the
greater Houston area in a variety of complex domestic violence cases.
I have been a lawyer for over 20+ years and have been serving clients in
Texas since 2003. I have extensive experience handling cases involving
violence between married couples, parent and child, siblings and individuals
involved in a dating relationship.