Protecting & Defending the Rights of the Accused
Bryan, TX Domestic Violence Defense Attorney
Texas Family Assault & Violence Punishment
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 in Texas extends to spouses, ex-spouses, children, any other household member, or anyone you have or have had an intimate relationship with, such as a dating partner, former dating partner, or person with whom you have had a child.
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 him or her.
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.
If serious bodily injury occurred or you threatened the alleged victim with a dangerous weapon, you will likely face aggravated domestic assault resulting in a second-degree felony charge.
When charges are brought against you by the State of Texas, even if your accuser wishes to drop his or her 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.
Consult with a Bryan domestic violence defense attorney. Discuss your options for defense by calling 979-353-6632 or contacting us online.