If you or a loved one was arrested and charged with domestic abuse, our criminal defense team can help you fight back. With our help, you can minimize the negative consequences of arrest and the harsh penalties of conviction. When we represent you, we will also work hard to limit the shame and embarrassment that often follow domestic violence allegations.
When our Lancaster domestic abuse lawyer builds your defense, we will interview witnesses and compile and review evidence on your behalf. Our team can also negotiate with the state for a beneficial plea deal and/or reduced sentence. Our goal is to ensure that you get a chance to start over and move forward with minimal disruption to your life and career.
Put Our Domestic Abuse Legal Team to Work on Your Case
When you are arrested for domestic abuse, your personal and professional reputation are both at stake. When we represent you, we work hard to minimize the potential damage in these areas. If our investigation proves that your arrest was not valid, we fight hard to have the charges against you dismissed.
To accomplish these goals, our team will:
- Locate and interview witnesses
- Thoroughly investigate your domestic abuse case
- Represent you at hearings and at trial, if necessary
- Negotiate plea deals on your behalf
- Ensure that your legal rights were not violated
Our team can represent you in every area of your legal fight from start to finish, always working with an eye toward the most favorable outcome for you and your family. When we handle your case, we make sure that you understand the charges you are facing, the severity of the penalties you could face upon conviction, and your rights and responsibilities during and after the resolution of your case.
Avoiding the Stigma of Domestic Abuse Charges
While any type of criminal allegation can harm your personal and professional reputation, domestic abuse charges carry a degree of shame and embarrassment that can make it difficult to live the life you want. These charges can prevent you from spending time with immediate family members and hinder your educational and career goals.
When our legal team is on your side, we work to make sure you receive the following benefits:
- Timely trial process
- Fair and impartial trial
- Informed involvement
Your arrest – particularly if it ends in conviction – can also leave a permanent stain on your record. A blemished background check can make it difficult to obtain employment and housing in the future, so our goal during representation is to help you begin rebuilding your life. To do that, we make sure you receive the full benefits of the rights afforded to you by the state.
How Texas Defines and Penalizes Domestic Abuse
Domestic violence often causes lasting emotional and psychological damage to its victims. Therefore, Texas lawmakers take domestic violence very seriously. The state’s efforts to discourage and deter all forms of family, domestic, and household violence include steep fees and harsh penalties.
Per Texas Family Code § 71.004, a charge of domestic violence can result from:
- Threatening or intimidating a family member
- Physical or sexual assault against a family member
- Specific forms of dating violence
Other violent actions can also lead to domestic abuse charges, including the abuse of a minor in your household. If you have doubts about whether your actions constitute domestic violence, contact us for a free consultation to discuss the incident with one of our team members. By listening to your version of events, we can uncover the details that led to probable cause for your arrest – or the lack of it – and garner additional details that support your defense.
Criminal and Financial Penalties for Domestic Abuse Convictions
Criminal defendants accused of domestic violence can be separated from family members for long periods of time and ordered to pay costly fines. Depending on the specific allegations you face and your previous criminal record, a domestic abuse arrest can lead to misdemeanor or felony charges.
As the Texas Politics Project explains, penalties and fines for domestic abuse can include:
- Up to one year in jail and fines as high as $4,000 if convicted of a misdemeanor
- Up to life in prison and fines as high as $10,000 if convicted of a felony
Our legal team will work hard to help you avoid the harshest sentences and highest fines. As a former prosecutor and former state district judge, Attorney Randall B. Isenberg understands how the state builds domestic abuse cases and can help you build a credible and effective defense.
Outcomes of Previous Domestic Abuse Cases
When our criminal defense team represents clients facing difficult charges in Lancaster, we work to build a strong defense strategy and fight for plea agreements that limit the impact and severity of state-imposed financial penalties and incarceration or imprisonment.
Our domestic abuse lawyer has helped recent clients achieve the following results:
- Assault/ family violence – Dismissed
- Violation of protective order – Dismissed
- Continuous violence – Conditional dismissal
- Terror threat of family – Reduced to Class C
- Assault/family violence – Conditional dismissal
- Continuous violence against a family member – Accepted into Pre-trial Diversion program
Sentence reductions and dismissed charges can help you avoid a trial that can be traumatizing for you and for the alleged victims. Our team will work as hard for you as we did for each of these clients with the goal of obtaining the best possible outcome for you and your family.
Let Our Legal Team Review Your Domestic Abuse Case
If you or someone you love was accused of domestic violence in Lancaster, our domestic abuse lawyer can help you build a strong defense. If you are ready to fight to protect your reputation, call the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg at (214) 696-9253 today for a free consultation with a member of our criminal defense team.