Fort Bend County Domestic Violence Lawyer
Arrested for Domestic Violence in the Greater Houston Area?
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
Contact online or call now to schedule your free consultation: (713) 766-1445.
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.
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
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. Our lawyer has over 13 years of
legal experience and knows what it takes to provide effective and aggressive
representation. 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.