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Category: Domestic Violence

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 [...]

Feb 18
2018

Why Domestic Violence is Such a Pervasive Problem in Texas

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is an incredibly pervasive problem in our state, but if we ever want to truly stamp it out, it’s going to take more than putting offenders behind bars. We have to get to the root of the problem and work to alter behaviors that in some cases may have gone on for generations or be due to uncontrollable personal factors.

If you have been charged with domestic violence, an experienced Fort Worth criminal defense attorney may be able to get your charges reduced, dropped, or dismissed by arguing that you don’t need punishment, but help. In this post, we’ll explain the most common reasons why people tend to engage in acts of domestic violence, and what help is [...]

Dec 14
2017

No, Domestic Violence Does Not “Spike” in Texas Over the Holidays

Domestic Violence

A common myth this time of year is that domestic violence rates spike during the season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. However, the facts point to the contrary. Below, we’ll explain the reasons why and what Texas law states about domestic violence.

‘Tis the Season to Be Stressed… But are We Also More Violent?

Here’s what most of us understand about the holiday season: it is horrifically stressful. The extra activities can be exhausting. The financial strain can be intense. The family gatherings aren’t always peaceful, and are often made worse due to the additional alcohol consumption. To top it off, everywhere you look, expectations rise high.

Learning how to minimize this stress can be incredibly valuable. Here are [...]

Aug 24
2017

What You Can Learn from Ezekiel Elliott’s Domestic Violence “Defense”

Domestic Violence

For many Texans, football is life. If you’re a fan of football in our state, there’s a good chance you’re also a fan of America’s team – the Dallas Cowboys.

Which means you’re probably reeling at the possibility of not seeing star running back Ezekiel Elliott on the field for the beginning of the 2017 season. Why not? Because Elliott was suspended for “six games by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.”

This decision arrives after a 13-month long investigation into domestic violence accusations brought forth by Tiffany Thompson, Elliott’s former girlfriend. Elliott was never arrested or charged, and continues to vehemently deny Thompson’s allegations.

The NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, however, says a player can be disciplined [...]

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