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Family violence charges in Texas must be taken seriously. The accusations alone can ruin your life, as society is quick to make negative judgments about those alleged to have harmed a family or household member or dating partner. Additionally, even before your case is decided, you can be subject to a protection order placing various restrictions on you, making it difficult to live your life. If you are found guilty, you could face incarceration and/or fines. Because of the gravity of the situation, you must get a knowledgeable lawyer on your side as soon as possible.

Attorney Peter Barrett has over 25 years of legal experience and has handled thousands of cases, including 100+ jury trials. We know Texas’s laws and local court processes. Our Dallas family violence lawyer can help navigate your case and explain your charges and legal options. Recognizing that every situation is unique, our attorney will work directly with you to understand your circumstances and develop an innovative solution for your case. Every step of the way, we will be your zealous advocate, working hard to ensure that your voice is heard. We are prepared to seek the best possible result on your behalf.

To schedule a consultation with our family violence attorney in Dallas, please call us at (214) 307-8667 or contact us online today.

What Is Family Violence in Texas?

In Texas, family violence is an act against a family or household member or dating partner that causes or could cause them harm.

Specifically, Texas Family Code § 71.004 defines family violence as:

  • Engaging in conduct intended to result in:
  • Making threats causing the other person to fear imminent injury or sexual assault;
  • Abusing a child in the actor’s family or household; or
  • Committing dating violence.

For any of the acts listed above to be considered family violence, they must have been committed against a family or household member or a person with whom the actor is in a dating relationship.

Under Texas Family Code §§ 71.003 and 71.005, family and household members include:

  • Persons related by blood or marriage,
  • Spouses,
  • Former spouses,
  • Parents of the same child (regardless of marital status),
  • Foster parents and children (regardless of whether they live together), and
  • Persons living in the same residence (regardless of whether they are relatives).

Dating partners are individuals currently or previously in a romantic or intimate relationship.

We know that accusations of family violence can be made in the heat of the moment or to gain the upper hand in a separate legal issue, such as a child custody matter. Our Dallas family violence lawyer wants to hear your side of the story.

What Are Texas’s Laws on Family Violence?

Texas has several laws concerning family violence.

The three main statutes that may be applicable in these cases include:

  • Texas Penal Code § 22.01 – Domestic Assault: The law prohibits injuring or threatening to injure another person. It explicitly states that an offense is committed when an individual:
    • Causes bodily injury to someone else,
    • Threatens to cause bodily injury to someone else,
    • Contacts someone in a way that person would consider offensive or provocative.
  • Texas Penal Code § 22.02 – Aggravated Domestic Assault: Under the statute, a person commits an offense when they assault someone else and either of the following is present:
    • The actor caused the other person to suffer serious bodily injury, or
    • The actor used or displayed a dangerous weapon during the commission of the crime.
  • Texas Penal Code § 25.11 – Continuous Violence Against the Family: The statute concerns repeated acts of violence against a family or household member. A person can be charged if they:
    • Assault another person 2 or more times, and
    • The violations occurred within a 12-month period.

Our family violence attorney in Dallas knows how to develop compelling defenses against an array of charges. We will leverage our skills and resources to customize a legal strategy for your case.

What Is the Punishment for Family Violence in Texas?

The potential penalties for family violence depend on several factors. For instance, whether the offense was a misdemeanor or felony or serious injury was caused to the family or household member or dating partner.

Below are a few examples of the penalties that can be imposed for family violence:

  • Threatening the other individual or touching them in a provocative or offensive way is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by:
    • A fine of up to $500
  • Causing injury to the other person is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by:
    • Up to 1 year in jail and/or
    • Up to $4,000 in fines
  • Causing injury when the actor has a prior conviction, or they impeded the other person’s breath or blood circulation is a third-degree felony punishable by:
    • 2 to 10 years in prison and/or
    • Up to $10,000 in fines
  • Continuous violence against the family is also a third-degree felony punishable by:
    • 2 to 10 years in prison and/or
    • Up to $10,000 in fines
  • Causing serious injury or using or displaying a weapon is a second-degree felony punishable by:
    • 2 to 20 years in prison and/or
    • Up to $10,000 in fines
  • Causing serious injury and using or displaying a weapon is a first-degree felony punishable by:
    • 5 to 99 years in prison and/or
    • Up to $10,000 in fines

Dallas family violence lawyer Peter Barrett consults with investigators and experts to get a full picture of the alleged incident. By reviewing the details from various angles, we can spot the weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case and strengthen our defense.

Speak with a Family Violence Attorney in Dallas About Your Case

You might have been charged with a serious offense, but options may be available to counter the allegations. Do not lose hope in your case. Instead, reach out to Attorney Peter Barrett for help planning a course of action and fighting your charge.

Discuss your case with our Dallas family violence lawyer. Please contact us at (214) 307-8667.

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