Family Violence

Being charged with any form of domestic violence is a very serious matter. Not only may you face jail time or probation, you could also be issued a restraining order, which means you you may have to leave your house and your family immediately – even if you own the house or pay the rent. In addition, a conviction or probated sentence that includes a finding of family violence will affect your right to possess any firearms or to obtain a hunting license.

Types of Family Violence 

According to Texas Law, it recognizes three different crimes of domestic violence: 

  • domestic assault
  • aggravated domestic assault
  • continuous violence against the family

A person if guilty of domestic assault in Texas if he or she commits an assault against a family member, household member, or a current or past dating partner.

An assault consists of:

  • intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury to another person
  • intentionally or knowingly threatening another person with imminent bodily injury; or
  • intentionally or knowingly causing physical contact with another that the offender knows or reasonably should know the victim will find provocative or offensive

Domestic assault is a Class A misdemeanor if the defendant has no prior domestic assault convictions. The crime is a third degree felony if the defendant has any prior domestic assault conviction (Tex. Penal Code Ann. §22.01.)

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Domestic Family Penalties

A family violence conviction can lead to numerous life-altering and long-term penalties, including up to one (1) year in jail, fines up to $4000.00, anger management or family violence classes, probation, and a finding of family violence that may affect the custody of your children. If you have a prior family violence conviction, you could be facing up to ten (10) years in prison, as well as a fine up to $10,000.00. The penalties also increase if the violence is aggravated in any way with a weapon or if you cause an injury to a child. Depending on the circumstances, you may also be prohibited from contacting the complainant for an extended period of time, thereby preventing you from spending time with your loved one.

Unlike most criminal offenses in Texas, you can never seal your criminal record if you are convicted of a family violence crime or accepted deferred adjudication with a finding of family violence. To avoid these significant penalties, it is critical that you contact Chad West. He is skilled and experienced in these very sensitive cases.

How to get Domestic Violence Charges Dropped

Most District Attorney’s Offices in Texas have enacted a “No Drop” policy. This means that once a complaint has been filed, the complaining party does not have the option of simply “dropping” the charges. This is often the case with protective orders as well. Instead the state will pick up the charges and you will be taken to court, regardless of the complaining party’s wishes. Our office will work to overcome this “No Drop” policy and ensure that a reasonable outcome is obtained.

Family Violence Attorneys in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Area

When you contact Chad West regarding your family violence, we will explain your specific criminal charge and the potential penalties associated with the offense. We will also examine all of the circumstances surrounding your criminal charge and work with dedication to develop an aggressive defense strategy tailored to your criminal charge.