Criminal Defense – Family Violence
Every year, thousands of people in Texas and elsewhere are falsely accused of serious domestic offenses. Domestic violence charges can disrupt your entire life and future. Getting informed counsel is an important first step in defending your legal rights.
Types of Family Violence Offenses
Assault & Battery
In Texas, assault is intentionally, knowingly or recklessly either causing or threatening to cause bodily harm. It also includes physical contact of any kind the offender knows or should know the victim will find either offensive or provocative. Assault and battery are essentially identical.
Homicide refers to intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing another’s death – including during the commission of crimes. Criminal homicides may be further defined as murder, capital murder, manslaughter or negligent homicide depending on the specifics of the case.
Regardless of the age or relationship status of the victim, kidnapping relates to intentionally or knowingly abducting other person. In cases where the offender’s sole intent is to assume lawful control of the victim (e.g. a child), sentences can sometimes be more lenient.
Sex offenses encompass a very broad category involving sexual contact or sexual intercourse. The age and mental capacity of the alleged victim are important factors in determining whether consent can be used as a mitigating or defensive factor.
How to Defend Against Domestic Violence Charges in Texas
Each domestic violence case is different. In most family violence situations, there is a range of possible defenses and a domestic violence defense attorney combines several of them. Only an experienced lawyer can evaluate the details and develop the most effective defense possible.
Some possible defenses include:
- An accident, mistake, or misunderstanding;
- Self-defense against the alleged victim;
- Insanity or psychological impairment;
- Involuntary intoxication.
What to Do if Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence
False accusations of domestic violence are very common. This unfair and harrowing situation does have one upside: Not having committed a crime is the most elegant and effective criminal defense you can have.
If you are falsely accused, the most important thing you can do is contact a domestic abuse lawyer right away. It is often in your best interest to break contact with the person advancing the charges. A lawyer can take over communication with the authorities and other parties.