If you face allegations or were arrested for family violence, you may be wondering how to find a good domestic violence lawyer in Dallas. The good news is that this is the right question to ask. Having legal representation as soon as possible in this process is essential to getting a better outcome in your case.
How do you choose a Dallas criminal defense attorney to represent you? Consider these steps and tips to find the “best fit” firm for you.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Domestic Violence Lawyer in Dallas
Choosing a domestic violence criminal defense attorney can affect your case in a number of ways. You want to ensure you select the best law firm and individual attorney that suits your needs, understands your case, and can build a strong defense. Some steps and tips include:
- Ask for referrals from trusted friends and family members
- Find someone who can help when you need them
- They should have experience with allegations similar to the ones you face
- They should be able to answer many of your questions about the process, possible outcomes, and more without needing to research. However, willingness to hunt down the answers for you is a good sign
- Look for an attorney that frequently works in the local courts and knows the players involved
- Check their reviews and testimonials. What do former clients say?
- Are they ready to go to court if necessary?
- Ensure they are open about their costs
What You Should Expect From Your Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney
When you select a domestic violence criminal defense attorney, you should be able to count on the lawyer and their firm to:
- Listen to your side of the story and discuss your options openly with you
- Ensure you have a clear understanding of the charges and possible consequences
- Address any concerns or questions you have
- Represent you and protect your rights throughout the process
- Gather, analyze, and use all available evidence to build a defense
- Identify issues in the case against you to leverage for a better outcome
- Help you avoid charges, if possible
- Seek lesser chargers or a sentencing agreement, when needed
- Navigate the criminal justice process with you, ensuring you have a knowledgeable advocate and strong defense
If your attorney fails to provide any of these services, you should discuss your concerns with them or consider hiring another firm to represent you.
Understanding Domestic Violence Allegations and Possible Consequences
Domestic violence occurs when one related party harms or threatens another with harm. Under Texas Family Code § 71.004, this is more thoroughly explained as:
- An act “intended to result in physical harm” between related people
- A threat by one related person that causes another to fear physical harm
- A related person abusing a related child
- Violence between two people who are dating
Domestic or family violence often carries an elevated charge than when the same interaction occurs between two unrelated people. For the purpose of these laws, Texas considers the following to be “domestic” or “family” relationships:
- Those related by birth
- Those related by adoption
- Those related by marriage, such as in-laws
- Current or former spouses
- Other current or former romantic partners
- Roommates or others who share a single household
- Those who share a child
- Those who have another connection through a child, such as a parent and step-parent
Prosecutors will assess the circumstances that led to your arrest, as well as any aggravating circumstances, and determine the charges they may want to pursue. These offenses could range from a Class C misdemeanor to a first-degree felony charge. Your attorney can explain sentencing guidelines and other factors that could affect the punishments associated with a conviction. In general, those convicted could pay fines, face incarceration, be ordered to community supervision, or receive other penalties.
Your attorney will develop a defense strategy to get a more positive outcome for you in your case. This could include trying to prevent charges, seeking lesser charges, negotiating for a more lenient sentence, or taking the case to court to prove your innocence. The approach and possible outcome will depend greatly on the facts of the case.
There are statutes of limitations that apply to different charges. Depending on your charges you will have a time limit as to how long you have to pursue legal action. Contact one of our attorneys today before this limited amount of time runs out.
Connect With Our Team Today to Learn How We Can Help
At the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg, our team is able to speak to you about the allegations against you today. We have someone who can review your case with you and explain our fees and services. We may be able to help you get a better outcome by developing a strong defense in your case.
You do not have to fight this alone. Reach out to us and let our attorney go to work for you today. We can provide you with a free consultation when you contact us.