If you are facing a charge stemming from allegations of family violence, a family violence lawyer in Carrollton can help in your defense. Family violence-related charges often carry serious consequences, and it is best not to saddle yourself to a public defender who may not have your best interests at heart.
Call our team at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg today at (214) 696-9253 to discuss your case.
The Definition of Family Violence
Texas law specifies a family code under the Penal code Chapter 22, which governs criminal matters between those who:
- Are genetically related
- Are currently or formerly married
- Share a connection through a child, such as biological parents and foster parents, or stepparents and biological parents, etc.
- Are related through marriage (in-laws)
- Are dating currently or dated in the past
- Are roommates, currently or in the past
The family code goes on to define family violence (under §71.004) as:
- An act between family members that is “intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault or that is a threat that reasonably places the member in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault, but does not include defensive measures to protect oneself.”
- Abuse between a family member and a child in that family household.
- Dating violence.
This means that what constitutes family violence is covered by a fairly broad umbrella, and there are specific considerations when it comes to prosecuting allegations of family violence. A family violence lawyer in Carrollton can advise you on the specifics of family law, and how those nuances apply in your case.
Know What Is at Stake
The potential consequences if you are convicted of a family violence charge may be quite serious. Your charges may involve aggravating circumstances, and the details of each case will directly impact the punishment. We can speak to your potential consequences based on the class of crime you have been charged with.
- For a class C misdemeanor, you may be facing a fine of up to $500.
- For a class A misdemeanor, you may be facing up to 12 months in jail and fines of up to $4,000.
- For a third-degree felony, you may be facing 2 to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
- For a second-degree felony, you may be facing 2 to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
- For a first-degree felony, you may be facing 5 to 99 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
These consequences obviously vary in seriousness, but a family violence charge of any sort is serious. The legal ramifications are one thing, but a family violence conviction can extend further into your personal and professional life, potentially impacting employment opportunities, custody cases, and more.
Do not take these charges lightly, especially not if you are facing a felony family violence charge. Call our team at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg today at (214) 696-9253 to discuss how we can help you strengthen your defense.
How a Family Violence Lawyer Can Help Your Case
Knowledge of family law statutes in Texas is a critical start to mounting a strong defense and taking advantage of the experience we have at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg is the next step you can take to defend yourself.
Randall B. Isenberg has 30 years of experience as a Senior Chief Felony Prosecutor and State District Trial judge, and the team at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg lends that experience to each of our clients. Understanding how the prosecution and judge may think and act is invaluable to your defense.
Our team will:
- Meet with you to discuss your case at-length, allowing you the opportunity to tell your side of the story.
- Explain to you the reality of what you are facing, and what your realistic options are.
- Review all evidence in your case, including photos, videos, and police reports.
- Speak with the officer(s) involved in the case to understand what they may say at trial.
- Speak with the prosecutor and judge to see if we can avoid trial by reaching a favorable settlement.
- Ensure that you are defended against false and/or exaggerated allegations.
- Seek out flaws in the allegations against you.
- Ensure that we reach a legal conclusion that you are most comfortable with after advising you of all of your options.
We are in a time where accusations of family violence are taken quite seriously, and if you are innocent or if you have made a mistake and want to mitigate the damage that such allegations will have on your life, we can help you mount your defense. Call our team at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg today at (214) 696-9253 to discuss your case.