Family & Domestic Violence Lawyer in McKinney
When you are facing charges for domestic or family violence, there is a possibility you will receive a jail or prison sentence. This is in addition to significant monetary fines and other serious penalties that can affect every part of your life.
Whether the accusations against you are false or exaggerated, or if you made a serious mistake you now regret, a family and domestic violence lawyer in McKinney can protect your legal rights and help you navigate the complex Texas legal system.
Attorney Randy Isenberg and the legal team at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can help you explore your options and make the best choice for yourself and your future.
Contact us today at 214-696-9253 for a free consultation about your case.
Understanding the Penalties for Family and Domestic Violence Charges
Upon conviction for a family or domestic violence charge, you might find yourself spending time in jail, depending on the severity of the offense.
If you have any prior convictions on your record, or if you had a firearm or other weapon in your possession at the time of the incident, you face even harsher penalties. Likewise, the prosecutor is likely to pursue more serious felony charges if the victim was a minor or child, if your accuser suffered any physical injuries, or if your accuser says you attempted to impede their breathing or blood flow by choking, smothering, or strangling.
If the prosecution pursues a misdemeanor charge against you, Texas law imposes these penalties:
- Fines up to $500 for a Class C misdemeanor;
- Fines up to $2,000 and up to 6 months in jail for a Class B misdemeanor; and
- Fines up to $4,000 and up to 1 year in jail for a Class A misdemeanor.
If the prosecution pursues a more serious felony charge, the penalties increase to up to $10,000 in fines and:
- 2 to 10 years in prison for a third-degree felony;
- 2 to 20 years in prison for a second-degree felony; and
- 5 to 99 years in prison for a first-degree felony.
The court may also require you to pay restitution to the victim and complete a violence counseling or anger management program at your expense. The judge may order supervised probation or community service as well.
A conviction will also mean a permanent criminal record that you cannot have sealed or expunged. This can cause problems if you are seeking employment or applying for a professional license. In some cases, a conviction can interfere with your custodial rights as a parent.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer to Represent Me?
The implications of domestic and family violence allegations go beyond many other types of criminal charges, specifically with regard to the stigma our society attaches to these crimes. Even the suggestion that you committed a domestic or family offense strips you of some fundamental legal rights.
The unpleasant truth is that virtually everyone involved with your case will presume your guilt. That is why you need a lawyer on your side.
When you choose the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg to represent you, you will have the full force of our criminal defense team’s knowledge and experience on your side. We will protect your rights and ensure that you get the fair legal treatment you deserve.
Attorney Randy Isenberg has more than 30 years of experience in the Texas criminal justice system. He has worked as both a state judge and chief felony prosecutor, so he knows how the state will go about building its case.
Our team will delve into the facts and evidence of your case to identify any problems or violations of your legal rights. Because the prosecution must meet a high burden of proof, we can often use any potential weaknesses to negotiate for a lesser charge or the dismissal of your case.
For some clients, we may negotiate a deferred adjudication agreement with the court, which allows you to avoid a criminal conviction.
Although we will build your case based on the facts involved, we have several options for mounting a criminal defense against these charges. Those include assertions that:
- You were acting in self-defense;
- You were acting in defense of your property;
- You were acting in defense of another person; or
- The accusations are false, untrue, or exaggerated, and no offense occurred.
We will be by your side throughout the process to answer your questions and explain your options. We will represent you and advocate for you, your freedom, and your future.
Understanding Domestic and Family Violence Charges
The Texas Penal Code (TPC) defines family violence as “an act by a member of a family or household against another member of the family or household 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.” The statutes further include abuse and dating violence in the definition.
According to the Texas Family Code (TFC), the potential victims of family violence can include your current or former husband or wife, any family member, your child’s co-parent, and any other individual who lives in your household. It also encompasses the children of any member of your family or home.
Some of the specific charges you could face, depending on the circumstances of the accusations, include:
- Family or domestic assault;
- Aggravated family or domestic assault;
- Assault family violence;
- Continuous family violence; and
- Violating a protective order.
Contact a Family Domestic and Violence Lawyer in McKinney Today.
Whether you currently face family violence charges or an investigation has begun that may lead to charges, a lawyer can help you understand how these allegations could affect your life and your future.
The Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg provides complimentary consultations and case reviews to McKinney domestic or family violence clients. Contact us today at 214-696-9253 to schedule your appointment.