Violence against a family member is a serious thing to be charged with. Let the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg defend your legal rights during this difficult time. You are not alone. But do not wait. Contact us today at (214) 696-9253 for a free, no-risk review of your case. A member of our team is standing by and ready to help.
Punishment for Family Violence in Mesquite
Do not take charges of family violence lightly. Convictions could result in:
- Protective orders
- Jail time
- Prison sentence
- Hefty fines
- Lost custody of children
- Lost civil liberties, such as carrying a firearm
- Professional license disciplinary actions
- Community service
- Violence counseling
- Anger management courses
- Criminal record
If you are facing charges of family violence, do not leave it up to chance. The punishment could be severe. Strong, well-prepared defense from a family violence lawyer in Mesquite may help to minimize the charges or have them completely dismissed.
Types of Family Violence
The most commonly reported types of family violence are:
- Aggravated assault
- Simple assault
- Sexual assault
In 2016, the Texas Department of Public Safety reports that the Mesquite Police Department responded to over 1,000 incidences of family violence.
These acts of violence resulted in many ranges of injuries and have been committed with or without the use of a weapon. In many cases, the conflict was between marital couples, intimate partners, or other male or female family members.
Texas recognizes three different crimes of family violence:
- Domestic assault: This assault consists of intentionally or recklessly causing bodily harm to another person, threatening with bodily harm, or causing physical contact with another person that the offender knows the victim will find offensive.
- Aggravated domestic assault: This is when a person causes serious bodily harm or uses a deadly weapon in the course of committing the crime.
- Continuous violence against the family: This is when someone commits two or more domestic assaults in 12 months.
The punishment for these crimes under TX § 12 can range from up to one year in jail and a fine of $4,000 for a Class A misdemeanor, the lightest charge, to up to 99 years—and no less than five years—in prison and a fine of $10,000 for first-degree felonies.
As you can see, these crimes have far-reaching consequences. If you have been accused of domestic violence, a family violence lawyer in Mesquite can help you gather the necessary evidence and defend you in court.
Contact the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg today at (214) 696-9253 for a free confidential review of your case.
False Accusations of Family Violence
If you or a loved one were falsely accused, we can help. It is unfortunate that anyone would make false claims of family violence for malicious intent, as the act of making a false report harms those people who have a legitimate claim. Additionally, a guilty verdict could result in not only punitive action but also serious harm to one’s reputation and family relationships. This damage is difficult, if not impossible, to recover.
False claims can come from:
- Someone seeking revenge or to ruin someone’s reputation
- Claims of sexual abuse or assault to gain some sort of leverage against another person
- Children, who do not know any better, being coerced by adults into telling a false story
If you are a victim of a false accusation of sexual abuse, assault, or any other family violence, call the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg at (214) 696-9253 for a free case evaluation.
We are dedicated to protecting your rights and demanding that the state meets the strict standards of proof necessary for a conviction.
Working with a Family Violence Lawyer in Mesquite, TX
Randall Isenberg has 30 years in law, as both a former prosecutor and a state district judge. If you are ready for us to get to work right away or if you would like to take advantage of our free, no-obligation consultation, call us today. But do not delay. Memories fade over time, and it can be easier to gather evidence for your case soon after the incident. Call the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg today at (214) 696-9253.