Houston Assault Family Violence Lawyer
Defend Against Accusations of Domestic Violence
If you've been accused of assault family violence, contact Guy L. Womack & Associates, P.C. as soon as possible to discuss with our Houston domestic violence attorneys. Also referred to as domestic violence, this type of offense is serious, and you need focused, aggressive defense to fight it. The father-son team at the firm provides just that. The firm has over 55 years of combined experience and has handled thousands of cases.
When you choose the firm, the team will examine every detail of your case, conduct interviews, and build an innovative legal strategy on your behalf. The team understands that facing allegations for an assault family violence offense can be frightening and can have substantial impacts on your life. That is why they are committed to exploring every legal avenue and working toward obtaining a favorable result for you.
You don't have to handle your case alone. The Houston domestic violence lawyers at Guy L. Womack & Associates, P.C. will be by your side every step of the way. To put the firm on your side, call (713) 364-9913 today.
Assault Family Violence Defined
In Texas, if you harm, threaten to harm, or physically touch someone in an offensive way, you could be charged with assault. The conduct must have been done intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly for it to be considered a crime. If the person you allegedly assaulted was a family or household member, the act is a domestic violence offense.
The Texas Family Code defines a family or household member as follows:
- People related by blood or marriage
- Spouses or former spouses
- Parents of the same child
- Foster children and foster parents
- People living together in the same residence
The definition of a household or family member also extends to individuals in a dating relationship, meaning people who are or were in a continuing romantic or intimate relationship.
Assault Family Violence Can Be a Misdemeanor or Felony
Domestic violence is a serious offense, and the State will harshly pursue someone who has been accused of it. The crime can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. The level depends on the specifics of the circumstances.
Potential charges and conviction penalties for assault family violence include:
- Class C misdemeanor: This level is levied against someone who threatens harm or physically contacts a family or household member in a provocative or offensive manner. A conviction results in a $500 fine.
- Class A misdemeanor: A person could be charged at this level for intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly injuring their household or family member. The conviction penalties include a fine of up to $4,000 and/or a jail term of up to 1 year.
- Third-degree felony: Causing bodily injury to a family or household member increases to a third-degree felony when the accused was previously convicted of an assault family violence offense. The maximum prison term for a conviction is 10 years, and the maximum fine is $10,000.
- Second-degree felony: If a person was previously convicted of a domestic violence offense and the new charged is based on accusations that they cut off the blood circulation or breathing of the alleged victim, they will be charged with a second-degree felony. Punishments for this offense include up to 20 years in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines.
Domestic Violence Protective Order
Even before your Houston assault family violence case begins, you could face various sanctions and restrictions. The alleged victim may petition for a protective order against you. If a judge grants the request, you must abide by certain conditions until the order expires.
A few examples of prohibited conduct include:
- Contacting the alleged victim
- Going to the alleged victim's home or work
- Remaining in a residence shared with the alleged victim
- Possessing a firearm
Fight Back Against Assault Family Violence Charges
At Guy L. Womack & Associates, P.C., the Houston domestic violence lawyers are here to help you challenge accusations of assault family violence made against you. They will use their knowledge, skills, and resources to build a strong defense and seek a favorable result in your case. If you've been served with a protective order petition, the firm can also develop a compelling argument to present at your hearing.
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