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Domestic Violence Attorney

Have you been accused of domestic violence or abuse? Are you scared of what the charges will do to your custody arrangement and reputation?

Hiring a criminal defense attorney is the best way for you to ensure your rights, reputation, and freedom are protected.

Criminal defense attorneys Paul Doyle and Trevor Sharon in Houston, TX, can work to ensure you aren't subjected to unjust punishment.

What Is Considered Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence in Texas is any act by a household or family member that either threatens or results in physical harm, assault, or sexual assault. In other words, this type of violence has a broad definition under Texas law. It can include:

Assault, Family Member

Aggravated Assault

Assault, Family Member, ​Impeding

Child Abuse



False imprisonment

Sexual abuse or assault

Terroristic Threat

Don't Let a Domestic Violence Charge Ruin Your Life

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Domestic violence lawyers Paul Doyle and Trevor Sharon are here to help you fight for your rights and reputation. The penalties of being charged with domestic violence are too severe to risk handling it alone. These penalties include jail time, steep fines, and a permanent mark on your criminal record.

When you are faced with domestic violence charges, your choice of attorney is crucial. Our attorneys have been practicing over a decade and are equipped to handle all forms of domestic abuse cases. Contact our Houston, TX, law firm to schedule your free consultation.


Houston, TX, Chooses Our Attorneys

"Paul Doyle & Associates are very professional and know how to get favorable results. Despite the obstacles, Paul Doyle worked arduously and diligently resulting in my case being dismissed. Special thanks to Paul, Trevor and Maria for your courtesy and professionalism. I highly recommend Paul Doyle & Associates if you find yourself in need of an awesome Criminal Defense Attorney. Thanks again!"

Robby E. Alsbrooks, 2021 5-Star Review


Will my charges be dropped if my significant other wants to drop the charge?

No. A confusing aspect of the criminal justice system is that it is not up to the victim to drop the charge. This decision is made by the district attorney's office. Even if the victim asks the district attorney to drop the charge or recants, the district attorney will likely pursue the charges anyway.

What is a magistrate's order for emergency protection (MOEP)?

A judge may issue a MOEP to ensure the safety of the alleged victim. This can order you to not commit family violence; not stalk another person; not communicate in a threatening or harassing manner with the victim, their family, or a member of their household; or go near the victim’s residence, school, child-care facility, or place of employment. The MOEP will further order that you are not allowed to possess a firearm.

It is important to abide by these orders. A violation of a MOEP could result in your bond being revoked and having further charges filed against you.

What is a protective order?

A protective order is a court order that is similar to a MOEP but can last for up to two years. For a protective order to be granted, the petitioner must show family violence has occurred and is likely to occur in the future. The consequences for violating a protective order are similar to the consequences for violating a MOEP.

What happens if I am not a U.S. citizen?

A person charged with domestic violence who is not a United States citizen can face serious penalties. Federal law requires deportation even if the case ends in probation or deferred adjudication. Re-entry into the U.S. will probably be denied after arrest, even if the case has not gone to trial.

What does it mean to have a family violence finding?

A plea of either guilty or no contest will result in a family violence finding. Even if the sentence is deferred, the finding of family violence can have dire consequences for a parent facing a child custody or modification case. There probably will be a presumption that the accused is not a fit parent. Further, a second family violence conviction is treated as a felony rather than a misdemeanor.

5-Star Reviews From Our Satisfied Houston Clients

"Paul and his team went above and beyond in their representation of me. I applaud Paul for his professionalism and integrity. He was able to see through the lies and politics, and made sure the D.A understood the truth in regards to my case. I urge all of you to call Paul before hiring an attorney. You will not be disappointed. To this day I can text Paul and get a response within an hour. Truly a man of high character." KINCAIDE, 2021 5-Star Review
Paul Doyle

Paul Doyle & Associates

Paul Doyle & Associates was named "The Best of the Best in Criminal Defense" by the Houston Chronicle in 2021. No matter the criminal charges you face, attorney Paul Doyle and his team can defend your rights and, if necessary, represent you in court. Paul Doyle is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • The Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association

Request a free consultation with our firm right now by contacting us online or by calling (713) 228-9200.

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