Texas takes domestic abuse cases very seriously. Depending on the specific charges involved, a conviction in a domestic abuse case could come with jail time and fines. The repercussions of this type of conviction could also extend to your personal and professional life.
The Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can help you defend yourself against criminal charges in a domestic abuse case. A Fort Worth domestic abuse lawyer from our firm will advise you on your options and work hard to protect your rights when we represent you.
For more information on our legal services, call the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg today at (214) 696-9253. A member of our criminal defense team is waiting to take your call and discuss your options in a free case review.
Domestic Abuse Charges in Texas
Several types of charges may be issued in a domestic abuse case in Texas. These charges may include:
Texas defines family violence as an act that causes or intends to cause physical harm or sexual assault between members of the same family or household, per Texas Family Code §71.004. This statute also criminalizes certain threats that cause the fear of physical harm or sexual assault.
Abuse of a Child
When the victim is a child, Texas Family Code §261.001 extends the definition of abuse to include:
- Causing or failing to prevent certain types of mental or emotional injuries
- Causing or failing to prevent physical injury
- Causing or failing to prevent harmful sexual conduct
- Harming a child after using a controlled substance
- Allowing a child to use a controlled substance
- Causing or allowing a child to participate in making obscene or pornographic material
- Child trafficking or prostitution
Texas Family Code §71.0021 protects people in certain dating relationships from physical harm, assault, or sexual assault. Like family violence, dating violence can also include threats of such acts.
Dating violence can include both current and past marriage and dating partners. Texas defines a dating relationship as “a relationship between individuals who have or have had a continuing relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.” This law takes into consideration the length and nature of a relationship, as well as its frequency of interaction when determining if it qualifies as a dating relationship.
Other Types of Charges
Depending on the specific nature of your case, you may also be facing the following charges:
- Aggravated Assault
- Injury to a Child
- Resisting Arrest
- Violation of Protective Order
The Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg handles these and many other types of criminal charges in Texas. We know that every case is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to criminal defense work. Our firm can examine the circumstances of your arrest and help you understand each aspect of your case when we represent you.
For specific information on your charges, the penalties of a conviction, and how a Fort Worth domestic abuse lawyer from our firm can help defend your rights, call the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg today at (214) 696-9253. Our client intake team offers free initial consultations.
Criminal Conviction Penalties and Consequences
The type of consequences you may face with a conviction depends on what you are charged with. In general, Texas criminal conviction penalties may include:
- Class C Misdemeanor: a fine of $500
- Class B Misdemeanor: a fine of $2,000 and up to 180 days in jail
- Class A Misdemeanor: a fine of $4,000 and up to 1 year in jail
- State Jail Felony: a fine of $10,000 and 180 days to 2 years in jail
- Third-Degree Felony: a fine of $10,000 and 2 to 10 years in prison
- Second-Degree Felony: a fine of $10,000 and 2 to 20 years in prison
- First-Degree Felony: a fine of $10,000 and 5 to 99 years in prison
Additional penalties may accompany certain types of convictions. For example, crimes involving automobiles may include driver license suspensions.
The Social and Professional Consequences of a Criminal Conviction
In addition to the penalties listed above, a criminal conviction in a domestic abuse case can have a number of serious consequences on your personal and professional life. A criminal conviction may:
- Be used against you in a child custody case
- Become part of your publicly available criminal record
- Make it difficult for you to obtain housing or a job
- Disqualify you from obtaining certain types of professional licenses
How the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg Can Help Defend You
The penalties of a domestic abuse case can be overwhelming. It is important to defend yourself as fully as possible when facing such life-altering consequences.
When you hire the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg, we can tailor our defense strategy to your case as we try to achieve the best possible outcome. In many cases, our goal is to have the charges against our clients dismissed. In situations where this outcome is not possible, we aim to help our clients get their charges or penalties reduced to minimize the consequences of a conviction in their lives.
How we defend each client varies on a case-by-case basis, but in general, we may be able to:
- Verify that statements you gave the police or prosecution were legally obtained (if not, this evidence may be excluded from the case against you.)
- Make sure that the police and prosecution upheld your rights at all stages of your arrest and sentencing
- Examine the physical evidence against you for accuracy and proper handling
- Cross-examine witnesses
- Introduce new evidence
- Assert that there is reasonable doubt to your guilt
- Assert that your actions were in self-defense
Get Help on Your Case Today
You do not have to settle for a criminal defense lawyer in whom you are not confident. At the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg, our lead attorney Randall B. Isenberg has worked in law for over three decades. During this time, he has served as both a state district trial judge and senior chief felony prosecutor. This experience gives our firm a unique perspective into the other sides of the courtroom that we use in defense of our clients.
To learn more about hiring a Fort Worth domestic abuse lawyer from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg, call our staff today at (214) 696-9253. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can start defending your future.