Protecting & Defending the Rights of the Accused
Bryan, TX Domestic Violence Defense Attorney
Protecting Your Rights with Integrity, Skill & Experience
Have you been charged with domestic abuse or assault? Our domestic violence and family assault lawyer will fight tirelessly to protect your rights!
At The Law Office of Jay Granberry, we work to minimize the impact these cases can have on our clients in Bryan and the surrounding areas. If convicted, domestic abuse punishments can be severe, ranging from jail time to sex offender registration. That’s why we will make protecting your future and your rights our highest priority.
Our team is skilled in getting domestic violence charges dropped or dismissed. While no law firm can guarantee success, rest assured that we will do whatever it takes to get you the best possible outcome. Trust us to mount a strong defense for you.
What is Considered Domestic Violence & Family Assault in Texas?
In Texas, domestic violence is referred to as "assault against a family member." As such, it is a serious offense that carries severe penalties.
Domestic assault extends to family, household members, and anyone you have or have had an intimate relationship with, such as:
- Dating partners
- Former dating partners
- Anyone you have a child with
Is Domestic Violence a Felony in Texas?
In Texas, if you are charged with domestic violence, known as family violence, you can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the severity of the situation or if certain aggravating factors present. Aggravated domestic assault can result in a second-degree felony. Aggravated domestic assault includes cases where the defendant inflicts serious bodily injury or uses a deadly weapon during the assault. Additionally, continuous family violence can result in a third-degree felony.
Domestic Assault Charges in Texas
These charges may be brought against you when you:
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly physically harm the other person;
- Intentionally or knowingly threaten the other person with physical harm; or
- Intentionally or knowingly cause physical contact with the other person that is offensive or will provoke them.
If serious bodily injury occurred or you threatened the alleged victim with a dangerous weapon, you will likely be charged with aggravated domestic assault. This is punishable as a second-degree felony.
What is the Punishment for Domestic Violence & Family Assault in Texas?
The domestic abuse punishments in Texas are severe. Take a basic family violence charge for example.
Family assault is generally charged as a Class A misdemeanor, carrying penalties of up to a year in jail and/or fines of up to $4,000. Along with this, you may be subject to a restraining order prohibiting you from any contact with your accuser, which can impact child custody and visitation or force you to leave your home. Furthermore, if you have any prior convictions, the charge can be elevated to a third-degree felony with more serious penalties.
When charges are brought against you by the state, even if your accuser wishes to drop their accusations, only the prosecutor has that option. Because of this and the penalties you face, not to mention the impact on your reputation and social relations, you should seek competent and proven legal help.
At The Law Office of Jay Granberry, you can bring your case to a proven professional who has earned a Top Attorney rating from Avvo. Attorney Jay Granberry has also achieved Board Certification in Criminal Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, making him an expert in his field. As a former prosecutor, he thoroughly understands both sides of the Texas criminal justice system. Such knowledge and insight can be used in exploring all avenues for your defense.