People are arrested for
domestic violence in Texas every day. Unfortunately, for the individual who is arrested
this can have life-changing consequences. Even if the charges are untrue,
the arrest alone can have a ruinous effect on a person's reputation
and standing in the community.
Police responding to a domestic violence call are sometimes motivated to
arrest someone quickly in an effort to separate the alleged victim and
attacker. The arrest is often followed by a restraining order, which can
effectively keep the individual out of their home and away from their
children until the order is lifted. And, if the individual is convicted,
they face the possibility of jail time and a criminal record that will
follow them for the rest of their life.
Arguments between loved ones sometimes lead to bad behavior and even unintentional
injuries. But this alone does not necessarily constitute the crime of
domestic violence. Defenses to domestic violence charges are available.
Sometimes the alleged victim is the one who initiated the physical violence,
and sometimes the alleged attacker can claim self-defense.
Sometimes an accusation of domestic violence is just plain false. False
charges may be made out of jealousy or anger, or in an attempt to secure
an advantage in a divorce or custody fight. Whatever the situation, it
is critical for the accused individual to have a chance to tell their
side of the story in court.
This firm represents clients charged with domestic violence and other violent
crimes throughout the state of Texas. To find out more about The Law Offices
of Jed Silverman's violent crimes practice, please go to our
Houston Violent Crimes Lawyer page.