Denton Domestic Violence Lawyers
Delivering Personalized Legal Representation in Denton County
If you're accused of harming a family or household member, you could be charged with family violence. Also referred to as domestic violence, an offense can be either a misdemeanor or felony. The conviction penalties can be harsh and may include jail or prison time and/or fines. Additionally, the state and federal governments are staunch in protecting victims from future harm. As such, various laws restrict certain rights of people accused or convicted of a domestic violence offense. If you're facing allegations, too much is at stake to leave your case in the hands of an inexperienced attorney. You need a lawyer on your side who knows not only how to fight charges but also how to get results.
At Marsala Law Group, our Denton domestic violence lawyers have over 20 years of combined experience and have handled thousands of cases. We know the law, and we know the justice system. Our team can help effectively navigate the complexities of the judicial process. Recognizing the seriousness of your charges and the effects a conviction can have on your life, we'll provide an honest and realistic assessment of your matter and give real answers to your questions. Our approach will allow you to make informed decisions about how to proceed with your case.
What Is Family Violence in Texas?
Texas law defines family violence as causing physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault to a family or household member, as well as a dating partner. However, an offense isn't only committed when physical contact is made with the alleged victim. A person may be criminally charged if they threaten to cause such a result to a family or household member and the alleged victim reasonably fears they are in imminent danger of harm.
A family or household member includes the following:
- Relatives by blood or marriage
- Current or former spouses
- People who have a child (or children) together, regardless of whether or not they're married
- Foster parents and children
- Current or former roommates
- People who are or were in a continuing romantic or intimate relationship
Terroristic Threat of Family/Household
Under Texas Penal Code §22.07, assaultive offenses are addressed. A terroristic threat occurs when someone threatens to commit violence upon a person or property with intent to place fear of serious bodily harm ensuing. In Texas, terroristic threats having to do with domestic violence include threats toward family members, household members, or a person with whom they have a dating relationship.
What Restrictions Can Be Placed on an Individual Accused of Domestic Violence?
In Texas, even before a person is convicted of a domestic violence offense, they can face various limitations. That's because an alleged victim can seek a protective order against the alleged perpetrator that places restrictions on them while the criminal case is pending (and even beyond the conclusion of the case).
If a protective order is issued in your name, you could be prohibited from:
- Contacting the alleged victim
- Going to the alleged victim's home or work
- Possessing a firearm
- Committing or attempting to commit an offense against the alleged victim
- Remaining at a residence you share with the alleged victim
Violating any of the conditions is a crime, and you can be sentenced to jail time and ordered to pay a fine if you're convicted.
What Are the Conviction Penalties for Family Violence?
Various types of conduct are considered domestic violence. Thus, if you're convicted, the penalties you could face depend on the specifics of the alleged offense.
The types of charges and punishments levied in a Texas family violence case include:
- Class C misdemeanor: An offense is charged at this level when the alleged offender intentionally or recklessly threatens a family or household member, or they intentionally or knowingly physically contact the person in an offensive manner. This level of offense is punishable by a fine of up to $500.
- Class A misdemeanor: This level of charge is imposed when someone intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to a family or household member. A conviction may result in up to 1 year in prison and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
- Third-degree felony: This is charged when the individual intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes harm to a family or household member and they have been previously convicted of assault or a related offense. A conviction carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
- Second-degree felony: If someone intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly harms a family or household member, they have a prior conviction, and the current offense was committed by choking or strangling the alleged victim, they face this level of charge. If convicted, they may be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and or fined up to $10,000.
- Second-degree felony: A person may be charged at this level if they cause serious bodily injury to a family or household member or they use or exhibit a deadly weapon while committing the offense. Such conduct is punishable by between 2 and 20 years' imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
- First-degree felony: An individual faces this level of charge when they use a deadly weapon and cause serious bodily injury to a family or household member. A conviction is penalized by a prison term of up to 99 years and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Continuous Violence Against the Family
- Third-degree felony: This level of charge is levied when a person commits an assaultive offense 2 or more times within 1 year. A third-degree felony is penalized by a prison term of up to 20 years and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Retain Legal Representation Right Away
If you've been charged with a family violence offense, our Denton attorneys can provide the legal counsel you need to fight it. At Marsala Law Group, we deliver an aggressive defense and will zealously advocate on your behalf as we seek a favorable result in your case.
A.G. – Denton Misdemeanor Assault Family Violence Not Guilty
State presented seven eye-witnesses to dispute our claim of self-defense.
A.P.G. – Denton Aggravated Sex Assault of Child & 3 Counts of Indecency with a Child Not Guilty - Jury Trial
C.D. – Denton Felony Violation of Protective Order Case Dismissed
Dismissed and we are now suing the arresting agency.
Dr. J.B. – DWI with Multiple Drug Charges Cases Dismissed
All drug cases dismissed as well as a subsequent DWI while the client was on Probation.
Dr. R.C. – Tarrant DWI Not Guilty
E.D.M. Denton Felony Assault with Priors Reduced to Misdemeanor Time-Served
Charge reduced; client served one day in jail.
E.H. – Denton Misdemeanor Assault Family Violence Case Dismissed
H.R. – Denton Felony Aggravated Assault Not Guilty
Not guilty verdict despite 3rd party-eye witness who testified my client went out to his car and grabbed a tire iron and chased after the victim and beat him repeatedly over the head. This is self-defense at it's finest.
J.G. - Denton Felony Drug Charge Case Dismissed
Dismissed due to invalid search.
J.P. – Dallas Felony Indecent Exposure Case Dismissed
Original offer was 5 years in prison. After our investigation prior to trial, we discovered enough inconsistencies to convince the DA to dismiss!
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