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Defending Your Rights Against Domestic Violence Charges.

Fort Bend County Domestic Violence Lawyer

Arrested for domestic violence? Let us defend your rights.

Were you accused of domestic violence? Were you arrested after an altercation with a family member? If so, you could be charged with one of three crimes: domestic assault, aggravated domestic assault, or continuous violence against the family.

Although there is no specific statute for domestic violence in Texas, an assault will be considered “family violence” if the victim is:

  • Your current or former spouse
  • Your child, step-child or foster child
  • Someone with whom you share a home
  • Someone that you are or were dating
  • The other parent of your child
  • One of your family members

Being arrested for domestic violence is serious. If you are facing charges for family violence in Texas, you should speak with a Fort Bend County criminal lawyer at The Sims Law Firm, PLLC. With experience as a former prosecutor, Brandon Sims provides the aggressive defense you need.

Call now to schedule your free consultation: (713) 766-1445.

How Domestic Assault Is Defined Under the Law

You could be charged with domestic assault if you are accused of assaulting a family member, household member, or dating partner. Apart from your relationship to the victim, all of the elements for domestic assault are the same as simple assault—which includes harming another person, threatening to harm another person, or touching another person in an offensive manner.

If you have no prior domestic assault convictions, you would be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. This offense is punishable by up to one year in jail and $4,000 in fines. If you have a prior conviction on your record, you could be charged with a third degree felony. This offense is punishable by two to 10 years in state prison and $10,000 in fines.

The Penalties for Aggravated Domestic Assault

If you have been accused of committing an aggravated assault against your spouse, family member, or household member, you could be charged with aggravated domestic assault. While similar to domestic assault, your charges could be elevated if you intentionally or recklessly cause serious bodily injury to the victim or use or exhibit a weapon during the assault.

The penalties for aggravated domestic assault include:
  • Two to twenty years in prison
  • Maximum of $10,000 in fines
  • Payment of victim restitution

If a deadly weapon was used and the victim was seriously injured, you could be charged with a first degree felony.
If you are convicted, you could face up to 99 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Continued Violence Against the Family

In Texas, you could also be charged with the crime of “continuous violence against the family” if you have been accused of committing two domestic assaults in the span of 12 months. What makes this particularly tricky is that you don’t actually have to be arrested or convicted of either offense. It also doesn’t have to be proven that the two assaults were committed against the same victim. Under state law, this offense is a third degree felony, which means that you could face up to 10 years in prison and $4,000 in fines if you are convicted.

Get the Aggressive Criminal Defense That You Need

If you have been charged with domestic violence, you have no time to waste. The sooner you contact a criminal defense attorney in Fort Bend County, the better it could be for your case. Protect your future by scheduling a free initial consultation with The Sims Law Firm, PLLC today.

When you hire us, you won’t be treated like just another number – we treat all of our clients like they are our own family. Call today or contact us online.

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  1. Remember that time is of the essence. Stalling or failing to retain legal counsel makes it more difficult to gather witness statements and favorable evidence while memories are fresh. Additionally, relevant evidence in your case may only be retained by law enforcement for a short amount of time.
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