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Understanding Domestic Violence Charges in Texas

Even if you’re not formally charged or convicted of domestic abuse, just an accusation can have a serious effect on the rest of your life. If you were accused of domestic violence, don’t trust your case and future to just any law firm.

What Is Family Violence in Texas?

Domestic Assault

To be charged with domestic assault, it must be proved that you injured or threatened to physically injure someone you’re in a relationship with. The violent act also has to be intentional, knowing, or reckless, meaning a genuine accident wouldn’t be considered domestic assault.

Though domestic assault is most commonly associated with married spouses or those in a romantic relationship, domestic assault is defined as a threat or act of violence against a person you’re in an intimate relationship with. For that reason, it also applies to roommates, children of your current or former spouse, foster children, foster parents, and relatives (both blood and adopted).

Common examples of domestic assault include:

  • Pushing or shoving
  • Slapping
  • Kicking
  • Scratching

Aggravated Domestic Assault

To be charged with aggravated domestic assault, the alleged victim needs to sustain “serious bodily injury.” Serious injuries would include:

  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries

You can also be charged with aggravated domestic assault if you used something that could be considered a deadly weapon, such as a knife, gun, or baseball bat.

Unlike aggravated assault, which is considered a misdemeanor, the serious nature of aggravated domestic assault makes it a second degree felony charge in Texas.

Continuous Violence Against the Family

If a family member has been accused of two or more domestic assaults within a 12 month period, they can be charged with continuous violence against the family. It’s important to note that a person doesn’t need to be formally charged with domestic assault, just accused.

Domestic assault charges are serious, and a false accusation can impact your life for years to come. With so much at stake, don’t leave your future in the hands of an inexperienced attorney.

Marsala Law Group will take the time to get to know you and learn about your circumstances. Schedule a free consultation by calling us at (940) 386-6848 or contacting us online.