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Perhaps you had a disagreement with your spouse, are in the midst of a contentious child custody dispute, or are dealing with completely false claims of abuse by your romantic partner. Suddenly, you find yourself under arrest and faced with the possibility of domestic violence charges.
These are extremely serious matters that require professional legal help.
At the Law Offices of Jed Silverman, we represent individuals accused of misdemeanor and felony domestic violence in Houston and Harris County. We have helped our clients secure case dismissals, reduced penalties, reduced jail time, and deferred judgments where charges are dismissed.
What Constitutes Domestic Violence in Texas?
An individual may be charged with domestic violence for alleged actions against a:
- Domestic partner
Police responding to a domestic violence call may be 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 keep the individual out of their home and away from their children until the order is lifted.
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. Sometimes the alleged victim is the one who initiated the violence, meaning the "attacker" was only acting in 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 battle. Whatever the situation, it is critical for the defendant to have a chance to tell their side of the story in court.
People are arrested for domestic violence in Texas every day. Unfortunately, this can have life-changing consequences. Even if the charges are untrue, the arrest alone can have a negative impact on a person's reputation and standing in the community.
Misdemeanor vs. Felony Domestic Violence Charges
Depending on the severity of the alleged assault and whether the accused has prior charges, domestic violence may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Below are the possible penalties for each.
Misdemeanor Domestic Violence in Texas
Misdemeanor domestic violence charges typically apply in cases involving first-time offenders. Even in these cases, a defendant may face the following penalties:
- Up to 1 year in a prison
- A fine of up to $4,000
- The loss of the right to possess firearms
- Problems with employment, housing, and personal problems caused by having a criminal record
Felony Domestic Violence in Texas
In Texas, felony domestic violence charges may apply to second or third offenders or to incidents involving choking. A defendant facing a felony domestic violence charge may face the following:
- 2-10 years in prison
- A fine of up to $10,000
- Loss of voting privilege
- Loss of the right to own a firearm
- Loss of the ability to serve in the military or hold a job requiring the use of a gun
- Loss of adoption rights
Penalties for a Texas Second Domestic Violence Conviction
A second conviction for domestic violence is considered a third-degree felony. If convicted, penalties can include two to 10 years in prison and hefty fines. The manner and means can involve anything from hitting to slapping to choking — virtually any action that involves physical violence.
Involve Our Houston Family Violence Lawyer Today
Any case involving family and romantic relationships has the potential to be highly sensitive and complex. Make sure you have experience on your side. Our founding attorney has more than 20 years of experience in criminal defense and our associate attorney has an extensive background in the criminal justice system to offer insight on the other side of domestic violence proceedings.
Charged with domestic abuse in Houston? Don't wait to get started on your defense. Call our Houston domestic violence attorneys at The Law Offices of Jed Silverman today at (713) 597-2221.