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Domestic violence, also known as family violence, is defined in Texas to include physical assault, sexual assault and threats of violence against a family member or member of the household, as well as violence against someone with whom you had a dating relationship—even if that relationship has already ended. Domestic violence can occur between spouses, former spouses, parents and children, siblings and other family members.
Domestic violence is a serious crime in Texas, and the penalties can be severe. Continuous violence against the family — defined as two or more domestic assaults committed within 12 months — constitutes a third-degree felony and carries penalties of two to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
If you are accused of domestic violence, there are a number of defenses that you may be able to raise. Some of the most common ones include:
In addition to the defenses mentioned above, there are a number of other factors that may bear on guilt or innocence in a domestic violence case. These include the relationship between the defendant and the victim, any history of domestic violence in the relationship and any mitigating circumstances.
Domestic violence charges can have a significant impact on your life, including your employment, parental rights and housing situation. If you are facing such charges in Texas, you should contact an experienced domestic violence defense attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case and your legal options.
Tylden Shaeffer, Attorney at Law, P.C. in San Antonio, Texas provides an aggressive defense to allegations of domestic violence that can ruin your reputation and jeopardize your freedom. To schedule a free consultation, call (210) 227-1500 or contact me online today.