Amarillo Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer
Texas Domestic Violence Laws & Penalties
Domestic violence is defined as an act of violence committed against a family member, a current or former romantic partner, or even a roommate. There are three types of domestic violence crimes in Texas: domestic assault, aggravated domestic assault, and continuous violence against the family.
Domestic assault occurs when a person intentionally or recklessly causes bodily harm to someone else, intentionally threatens another individual with an injury, or intentionally make offensive or provocative contact with someone else. If a defendant has no previous domestic assault convictions, a first offense is considered a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a jail term of up to one year and/or a maximum $4,000 fine. If a defendant has at least one prior domestic assault conviction, then the second offense is a third-degree felony, which carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence and a fine no more than $10,000.
Aggravated domestic assault occurs when a person intentionally or reckless causes serious injury (e.g. broken bone, loss of limb, or serious injury that requires hospitalization or surgery) to someone else, or uses or displays a deadly weapon (e.g. a gun, a large knife, brass knuckles, baseball bat, etc.) when committing any assault offense, such as engaging in offensive contact or making threats. If an aggravated domestic assault involves a serious injury or a deadly weapon, it is a first-degree felony that results in a maximum 99-year prison term and/or a fine not exceeding $10,000. If an aggravated domestic assault doesn’t involve any of those two factors, it is a second-degree felony that leads to a prison sentence of up to 20 years and/or a maximum $10,000 fine.
Continuous violence against the family occurs when a person commits at least two domestic assault offenses within one year. If an individual commits an assault that doesn’t lead to an arrest or conviction, or if the two assaults were committed against different victims, he/she could still be convicted of continuous violence against the family, which is a third-degree felony.
Experienced Legal Counsel from Quackenbush Law Firm
Although significant others and family members love and care about one another, there are some occasions when disagreements occur. When an argument becomes a physical altercation, the aftermath often consists of immediate regret and requests for forgiveness. Unfortunately, if law enforcement officials get involved, one of the parties may end up in custody, even if the other party doesn’t want to seek criminal charges.
If you have been arrested for domestic violence in Texas, Quackenbush Law Firm can provide effective and personalized legal solutions to help you avoid serious criminal penalties. With more than three decades of legal experience, our Amarillo domestic violence lawyer can review your case and figure out your available legal options to either get your charges or penalties reduced or get your case dismissed altogether.
While our firm’s goal is to have your case thrown out altogether, we can also help you obtain other alternatives that do not include a jail or prison sentence (i.e. deferred adjudication or community supervision). We will explore all avenues to help you get your life back on track.
Do not hesitate to call (806) 424-4108 to discuss your case.