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Category: Domestic Violence

Feb 22
2019

Will You Lose Your Kids If Convicted of Domestic Violence in Texas?

Domestic Violence | Family Violence

A Texas family court will consider several facts when deciding which parent gets primary child custody. Domestic violence, no surprise, is one of the factors that will have a significant negative effect on a person’s eligibility to care for their for their children.

In its less severe form, a history of domestic violence can lead to limited visitation rights. More extreme cases, however, can even result in an automatic loss of parental rights.

This post will cover how Texas defines domestic violence and what you can expect if you are charged and want to retain custody of your kids.

Defining Domestic Violence Under Texas Law

Per The Texas Penal Code Title 5 Chapter 22 section 22.01, domestic violence is [...]

Dec 21
2018

Strategies That Can Help You Fight Family Violence Charges in Texas

Domestic Violence | Family Violence

Upon hearing the term “domestic violence,” most of probably imagine things we’ve seen in TV shows or movies. Usually couples where one is abusing the other. However, Texas domestic violence laws apply to more than just romantic couples.

According to the Texas Penal Code (Title 5, Chapter 22, Section 22.01), domestic violence is the use of force against a family member, household member, or a current or past dating partner that causes or threatens to cause bodily injury or other physical contact regarded as offensive or provocative.

The point? Every case is nuanced, for the best chance at a positive outcome, you need a competent criminal defense attorney experienced in domestic violence. They will be able to [...]

Oct 25
2018

Can an Alleged Victim Drop Domestic Violence Charges in Texas?

Domestic Violence

In the heat of the moment, we can all say and do things that we regret. Domestic violence situations often involve these regrettable actions.

So do false domestic violence accusations.

There are a handful of reasons why an alleged victim would report domestic violence, but before they know it, they are faced with testifying in court and seeing their partner face jail time, custody loss, or other penalties.

The whole case would be dropped if the victim just took back their accusation, right?

Not so fast. Even if the alleged victim was the sole witness to the alleged domestic violence, they alone cannot drop charges. Alleged victims can, however, have a big impact on the outcome of a case.[...]

Aug 27
2018

Texas Man Gets 75 Years for Family Violence – What Can You Expect?

Domestic Violence | Family Violence

In a recent court case, one Texas man was sentenced to 75 years based on family violence charges. If you are facing a family violence charge, should you be expecting something similar – or is his case an extreme one? What can you expect?

Below, we’re going to explain the laws and penalties for Texas family violence, along with how a skilled Fort Worth criminal attorney can help you fight your charges.

Why a Texas Man Was Sentenced to 75 Years for Family Violence

Seventy-five years in prison. That’s something you might expect for a particularly heinous murder or decades of sexual abuse against children like with Larry Nassar – not for family violence.

However, that’s exactly how long[...]

Jun 21
2018

Family Violence vs. Domestic Violence in Texas         

Domestic Violence | Family Violence

What does it mean when you hear someone talking about family violence? How does it differ from domestic violence?

Short answer: it doesn’t. Not really. They’re essentially the same thing, just under a different name. However, Texas does also have a law called continuous violence against the family, and that is different.

We’re going to cover the laws and their associated penalties in this post.

Family and Domestic Violence Laws in Texas

There are three main types of family and domestic violence punishable by Texas laws:

  • Domestic Assault
  • Aggravated Domestic Assault
  • Continuous Violence Against the Family

Let’s look at each one in detail.

Domestic Assault

An act of assault qualifies as domestic assault if it is committed against people certain [...]

Apr 13
2018

3 Types of Domestic Violence in Texas

Domestic Violence

There are three types of domestic violence that are recognized under Texas law. In this post we will explain each law and the associated penalties, and let you know what to do next if you are facing domestic violence charges in Texas.

Domestic Assault

Domestic assault is a threat or an act of violence against a person with whom the defendant has an intimate relationship. These relationships include the following types of people:

  • Current or former spouse
  • Current or former dating partner
  • Parent of the defendant’s child or children
  • Child of current or former spouse
  • Foster child or foster parent
  • Blood relatives or adopted relatives
  • Roommate

An act of assault involves bodily injury or the threat of imminent bodily [...]

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