Houston Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer
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Perhaps you had a disagreement with your spouse, are in the midst of a 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 across Harris County. We have helped our clients secure case dismissals, reduced penalties, reduced or no jail time, and deferred judgments where charges are dismissed if no further charges are made for one year.
To find out how we can help with your case, call for a confidential case review.
What is Domestic Violence?
An individual may be charged with domestic violence for alleged actions against a:
- Domestic partner
Penalties for Misdemeanor and 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: 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, 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
What Are the Consequences for Second-Offense Domestic Violence?
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.
To learn more about our Houston domestic violence attorneys and how we can help, please contact us at (713) 597-2221.