Domestic Violence (Family Violence) Defense Attorney in Corpus Christi, Texas
Domestic violence, also known as family violence, occurs when members of the same household commit acts of assault against one another.
The definition of a family household is very broad in Texas, and this makes it easy to charge domestic violence in many different kinds of relationships.
For example, the alleged victim can be any of the following:
- Children and stepchildren
- Spouses and former spouses
- Grandparents and grandchildren
- Partners of either sex living together
- In some cases, those in dating relationships
Because of the public policy to protect vulnerable family members from violence in the home, there are some types of domestic assault that may be charged as a felony.
The first offense is likely charged as a misdemeanor, but subsequent offenses would carry stiffer penalties.
The act of violence against a family member may be either reckless or intentional, or can simply be a threat of harm or injury.
A more serious crime is aggravated domestic assault, which may result in serious bodily injury or involve the use of a deadly weapon. The legal definition of “weapon” is very broad and can include almost any object with the potential to injure someone.
In the case of repeat instances of family violence, a felony charge would also apply where there are more than two assaults in twelve months. This would qualify as aggravated domestic assault, even if there were no arrests made in either instance.
If you have been charged with domestic violence, you have the right to tell your side of the story without being unfairly accused. At times, family members may attempt to coerce you or seek revenge by calling the police and making false claims of violence. In this case, you must have sound legal representation to ensure your rights are protected.
Bobby Bourlon is a veteran of criminal law defense and will help you to fight any claims made that may result in a charge being filed. Any initial consultation is free, so you can start the process today of beginning your legal defense.