Often, simple arguments can escalate into situations where one or both parties are breaking the law. The determination of what actually happened after the police are called often comes down to one person’s word against another’s. As a result, an innocent party may be charged with a crime, or perhaps one party does not take full responsibility for what occurred. The following are types of crimes that may be considered types of domestic violence:
- Assault, Family Member
- Aggravated Assault
- Assault, Family Member, Impeding
- Breath or Choking
- False imprisonment
- Sexual abuse or assault
- Terroristic Threat
Texas takes domestic violence and family violence crimes very seriously and the penalties for these types of crimes can be severe. Even before your case is adjudicated you may be required to move out of your home and have no contact with the complaining witness. It is important to contact an attorney right away. Paul Doyle is a veteran Domestic Violence Attorney and has experience handling all types of family violence cases. Paul Doyle will fully investigate the other side of the story and fight for you.
Who is considered a family or household member?
Texas law defines a family or household member as:
- Anyone related by blood;
- Anyone related by marriage;
- Foster parents;
- Step parents;
- Parents of the same child;
- Former spouses; and
- Anyone who resides or previously resided in the same home.
Will my charges be dropped if my girlfriend, boyfriend, wife, husband, or spouse wants to drop the charge?
What is a Magistrates Order for Emergency Protection (MOEP)?
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?
What happens if I am not a U.S. citizen?
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, finding of family violence can have drastic 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 Assault Family Violence conviction is treated as a felony rather than a misdemeanor.
The consequences of a domestic violence charge are incredibly severe. Never take a plea—even for time served or a differed adjudication, without first consulting with a domestic violence attorney. Contact Paul Doyle today for a consultation.