Dallas Domestic Violence Attorneys
Serving Texans in Dallas & Austin, TX
A domestic violence charge could have serious ramifications for your life, seriously damaging your professional and personal well-being. Our Dallas domestic violence lawyers will help you navigate your case and represent you in court.
Domestic Violence Charges in TX
If an individual commits an act of violence against:
- A current or former spouse or their child;
- A parent with whom they have a child;
- Their foster child or parent;
- A member of their family by blood, marriage or adoption;
- Someone they live with; or
- Someone they have an ongoing or past romantic or dating relationship with;
They can be charged with domestic violence. Depending on the circumstances of the case they may be charged with domestic assault, aggravated domestic assault, or continuous violence against the family.
The penalties for domestic violence depend on the severity of the charges. Class A misdemeanor charges, which may include threatening a family member, child, or partner with violence, can carry a penalty of up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $4,000. However, 1st degree felony charges, which may include causing serious bodily injury to a family member, partner, or child can result in penalties of 5 to 99 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Additionally, individuals who find themselves accused of domestic violence may also have a temporary protective order levied against them that prevents them from being within a certain distance of their accuser or sharing a living space with them. Judges can issue a temporary protective order ex parte (meaning the accused party doesn't have to be present) if they believe there's a good reason to do so.
If convicted of domestic violence, a perpetrator may also have a more permanent protective order issued against them to protect the domestic violence survivor/victim.
At DebnamRust, P.C., we know that facing a domestic violence charge can be terrifying. We'll advocate for your rights, ensuring you receive the legal representation you deserve in and out of court.