Arguments between spouses and family members are common. However, sometimes, these arguments can escalate to unexpected levels and lead to the police being called. If the situation entails the involvement of law enforcement officials, it will be resolved in criminal court, not in the family court. If you are charged with domestic violence, family assault, or domestic abuse, your rights are at risk of being compromised due to the level of emotion involved in the case. To protect your rights and interests, it is important you contact a criminal defense attorney in Texas as soon as you are charged.
Generally, the police assume the worst when addressing calls related to this area of the law. They want to protect the ‘victim’ and hence can act aggressively against the person who is accused of being violent or abusive. You will most likely end up in jail as soon as the police show up at your house and this is why it is particularly important that you call an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Texas without delay.
Contrary to popular belief, you can be charged with domestic violence and family assault against people other than your spouse and blood relatives. The law counts your romantic partners, who you dated or lived with, as your family members.
Domestic violence resulting in bodily injury can be charged as a Class A misdemeanor and you may face up to a year in the county jail along with a fine.
If charged for the second time, you may be sentenced for up to 10 years in prison along with a fine. Also, instances involving strangling or choking are considered third degree felonies. For a second offense, the maximum prison sentence is 20 years with a $10,000 fine.
You may also be given a restraining order, where you would be restrained from being in proximity with the accuser. This can infringe your rights to visit your children or friends. This is why it is extremely crucial that you call a criminal defense lawyer if you suspect you will be charged with domestic violence, family assault, or domestic abuse. The Law Firm of Aaron W. Perry, PLLC will fight for you and advise of you of your rights under the law.