In Texas, it’s against the law to physically abuse your family members.
While it may be socially and culturally acceptable to punish one’s
spouse or child in many other countries, that does not mean it’s
acceptable here in the United States. In the last 40 years, our culture
has increasingly changed its attitude towards family violence.
In the 1950s, for example, what would be considered “someone else’s
personal business” is no longer viewed that way today. These days,
if a teacher or a doctor, or another mandatory reporter learns of child
abuse, they are required by law to report it to the authorities.
Under Texas law,
domestic violence is called “family violence,” but people use the terms interchangeably. So, what does the state
consider to be family or domestic violence?
- Willful intimidation
assault or battery
- Child sexual assault
Sexual assault (including rape of one’s spouse)
- Abusive behavior towards an intimate partner or child
Family violence is not limited to a husband and wife or parents and their
children. It occurs between stepparents and stepchildren, adoptive parents
and adopted children, foster parents and foster children, siblings, grandparents
and grandchildren, relatives, people in a dating relationship, and people
who live in the same household.
To learn more about family violence in Texas,
Immigration Consequences of Family Violence
Suppose you are a Green Card holder and you were recently arrested for
family violence. The neighbors heard you arguing with your spouse or disciplining
your child and they called 911. It wasn’t long before the police
were knocking at your door and they took you away in handcuffs. Now, you’re
facing criminal charges under
Section 22.02 (aggravated assault) of the Texas Penal Code, and you’re wondering,
“Can I get deported?”
All Green Card holders or lawful permanent residents can be deported if
they commit a “crime of moral turpitude,” which basically
means depraved crimes that go against the mores of society. Such crimes
include fraud, human trafficking,
and domestic violence.
Can you be deported for abusing your spouse or child, or even another family
or household member? In a word, yes. If you were arrested and charged
with an assaultive offense under Title 5, Chapter 22 of the Texas Penal
Code, your immigration status is at stake. Our advice to you is to speak with a
Plano deportation defense attorney from our firm right away.
To get started,
contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today.