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Understanding Domestic Assault In Texas Law

Domestic assault in Texas is defined as an act by a member of a family or household against another member that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault or sexual assault, or a threat that reasonably places the member in fear of such harm. These charges are very serious and require a firm response.

At The Law Offices of James Angelino, I defend those accused of domestic violence anywhere in Collin County. As a criminal defense lawyer since 1995 who served as a police officer before that, I know what it takes to avoid an unjust result in a domestic assault case.

What Sets Domestic Assault Apart?

In Texas, domestic assault is considered a more serious offense than similar acts of violence against strangers. This is due to the nature of the relationship between the offender and the victim, specifically relatives, members of the same household, or individuals in a current or former sexual relationship. Examples include:

  • Relatives by blood or marriage
  • Former spouse and co-parents of a child
  • Foster children
  • Roommates
  • People in an ongoing or former romantic relationship

The Penalties For A Domestic Assault Conviction

Charges for domestic assault can range from a Class C misdemeanor for threats of harm without physical contact to a first-degree felony for repeated offenses or when it involves serious bodily injury or a weapon. Texas law also allows for the issuance of protective orders, often referred to as restraining orders, which are designed to prevent further acts of domestic violence by legally restricting the offender’s actions toward the victim.

The penalties for domestic violence convictions are severe, including jail or prison time, fines, and mandatory intervention programs. A conviction can have long-lasting effects on your relationship with your family, potentially leading to loss of custody or visitation rights with your children. It can also irreparably damage your reputation, affecting employment opportunities and social standing.

Explore Your Options. Contact The Law Offices of James Angelino.

If you’re facing domestic assault charges, it’s essential to understand the gravity of the situation and seek experienced legal counsel. At The Law Offices of James Angelino, I am committed to robustly defending those accused of domestic violence. I will ensure that your rights are protected and that every legal avenue is explored in your defense. Contact me for a confidential consultation to discuss your case and learn how I can help you navigate these serious charges. Call my office in Prosper at 214-310-9196 or email me for an appointment.