Even in the best marriages and domestic partnerships, the stress and strain of everyday living can sometimes take its toll. When that happens, two people in a relationship can take it out on each other, leading to incidents of domestic and family violence.
Domestic violence often results in cases of assault or battery. In Texas, no distinction is made between the two, and cases are always called assault cases. They are defined as intentionally touching another person in an angry way with the result being that the force produces an injury.
Simple assault cases produce only minor injuries and are oftentimes charged as misdemeanors resulting in relatively light punishment.
However, aggravated assault is a much more serious crime, and can result in severe physical injuries. Many times, a weapon is used in a case of aggravated assault.
Other crimes that fall under the broad umbrella of domestic violence may include child abuse, elder abuse, sexual assault or kidnapping.
Depending on the severity of the charges, penalties in a conviction of domestic violence can range from a $4,000 fine and a year in jail, all the way up to a $10,000 fine and 20 years in prison.
Because domestic violence cases are often highly charged with emotions, there can be a tendency to overstate facts or make false accusations. In addition, the only thing Texas law enforcement officials need is probable cause to make an arrest.
With these factors in play, if a person has been charged with domestic violence, it is essential they hire an attorney as soon as possible. An early and aggressive defense if critical to having charges reduced or dropped completely.
On the other side, if you have been the victim of domestic violence, an attorney can assist with filing a restraining order or a protective order to prevent continued acts of violence from taking place.
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