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A domestic violence charge refers to a criminal charge involving an act of violence against an intimate partner or family member. The stigma of domestic violence is strong. As soon as people hear even a hint that you may be up against such a charge, you may feel isolated and alone at a time when you are in need of unrelenting support. The criminal defense attorneys at Scott M. Brown & Associates are here for you. We are not here to judge you, there will be enough people doing that. We are here to mount the strongest possible legal defense for you; making every effort to clear you of all charges.
What Type of Criminal Charges Involve Domestic Violence?
The Texas Family Code defines domestic violence and breaks it down into two categories: family violence and dating violence. Family violence involves an act intended to cause physical or bodily harm against a person’s family or household member. This includes, among others, a person’s:
- Former spouse
- Foster child or parent
Dating violence is defined as an act intended to cause physical or bodily harm against a person with whom he or she is in a dating relationship. Whether or not a “dating relationship” exists will be up to the court to determine weighing factors such as the length and nature of the relationship.
Specific crimes associated with domestic violence often include:
- Domestic assault
- Aggravated assault
- Child endangerment
- Interference with Emergency Telephone Call
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If convicted of any of the above, punishment can be severe. A simple assault conviction can land you in prison for a year, or up to 10 years if it is found that there is a history of family violence. Aggravated assault can result in 2 years to life in prison if there were serious injuries involved. In addition to prison time, you can face serious monetary consequences. Domestic violence convictions can put you on the hook for large fines, restitution, and other court costs. A probationary period may also be ordered by the court. Probation, or community supervision, means that you will be subject to certain conditions while living in your community as opposed to being in prison. Conditions of probation can include community service, counseling, and submitting to drug testing. Failure to comply with probationary conditions can result in you being incarcerated for the duration of your sentence.
Domestic violence offenders are often sent to court-ordered counseling including anger management. A person convicted of a domestic violence charge may also be required to pay for the victim’s counseling.
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A conviction for a crime associated with domestic violence carries consequences far beyond the fines and prison time. The stigma of this type of conviction is unique and lasting. It will follow you through your personal and professional life indefinitely. At Scott M. Brown & Associates, we are dedicated to mounting the strongest possible defense against any criminal charge you may face. We understand what you are up against and we are here to use our vast experience and thorough understanding of criminal law and the criminal justice system to clear you of all charges. Contact us today by calling (281) 612-8241 or go online.