Family Violence Charges in Texas

Family Violence Charges in Texas

Were you recently arrested for family violence, otherwise known as domestic violence? If so, it’s important that you understand the seriousness of the situation, even if you are being wrongfully accused.

The Texas Family Code defines family violence as an act by one family or household member against another family or household member that’s intended to cause physical harm or bodily injury. Family violence also includes assault, sexual assault, and threatening to hurt another member of the same household.

Family violence includes:

  • Spousal abuse,
  • Child abuse,
  • Dating violence, and
  • Violence between current and former members of the same household.

Family violence does not, however, apply to the measures that one has to take to protect themselves from another’s act of violence. In other words, people are allowed to defend themselves (self-defense).

How is family violence prosecuted?

Texas does not have a separate statute by which family violence offenses are charged. Instead, domestic violence offenses are prosecuted under Chapter 22 of the Texas Penal Code. Generally, family violence offenses are charged as one of the following:

  • Assault
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Deadly Conduct
  • Sexual Assault
  • Terroristic Threat
  • Aggravated Sexual Assault
  • Injury to a Child, Elderly Individual, or Disabled Individual

The penalties for a family violence conviction are dictated by the offense that the defendant is charged with. Family violence may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony offense depending on the facts surrounding the case, the age of the victim, and the extent of the victim’s injuries.

If you are facing domestic violence charges, it’s critical that you speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney at once to ensure your rights are protected.

A conviction for domestic violence can mean: you lose custody of your children, you’re forbidden from returning to your own home, you lose your right to possess a firearm, and you’re sent to jail or prison.

You have a lot at stake, so do not hesitate to contact us for the aggressive representation you need.

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