How to Deal with a Domestic Violence Allegation in Georgetown, Texas
This is the first post in a series where we will be discussing how to deal with charges related to domestic violence in Texas. We are addressing this topic because many persons who are arrested on domestic violence charges in Williamson County do not realize the severity of the punishment they face. Texas law aggressively prosecutes domestic violence charges – even when victims refuse to cooperate with an investigation. Many defendants assume that the charges will “go away” if they reconcile with the victim. Such, however, is not the case in our state. Cases will be charged as a Class A misdemeanor even when no serious harm was inflicted. Such matters can carry a sentence of up to 1 year in jail, along with fines, probation, community service, and anger management classes.
Throughout this series, we will be discussing topics that are relevant to Georgetown area residents who are defending a domestic violence charge. Topics which we will be discussing include:
- What happens after one has been arrested for domestic violence
- What to know if an order of protection is filed against you
- Steps a criminal defense attorney can take to defend your domestic violence case
- Why false domestic violence claims occur and how to deal with them
- Special deals that may be available to first-time offenders
- Long-term ramifications of a domestic violence conviction
Three different crimes can be considered “domestic violence” in Texas. These crimes are domestic assault, aggravated domestic assault, and continuous violence against a family member. For a crime to be charged as domestic in nature, the alleged offender must cause harm in some way to either a family member, a person with whom they share a home, a romantic partner or a former romantic partner. A crime may be considered assault if a defendant has recklessly caused harm, threatened, or caused physical contact that was intended to offend or be harmful. The assault laws are written intentionally broad in order to capture both obvious crimes and more subtle forms of harassment. Aggravated domestic assault is charged as a felony, and involves either serious bodily harm or a firearm to perpetrate the crime. Domestic violence crimes can hold additional penalties compared to simple and aggravated assault without the domestic violence attachment. It is important to discuss all implications of a conviction with your criminal defense attorney prior to agreeing to any plea deal.
If you have been charged with a domestic violence-related crime then it is important to take these charges seriously. Contact our lawyers today. In addition to Georgetown, we service the surrounding communities of Austin, Bartlett, Cedar Park, Florence, Granger, Hutto, Jarrell, Leander, Liberty Hill, Round Rock, Taylor, Thrall, and Weir.