A conviction of a crime involving family or domestic violence in Frisco, TX can lead to a lengthy jail sentence, heavy fines, probation, and a criminal record that haunts you years into the future. If you are facing charges, a family violence lawyer in Frisco from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can help.
Criminal defense attorney Randall Isenberg has worked on all sides of family and domestic violence cases in Texas — as a defense attorney, a prosecutor, and a district judge. This experience gives him a unique insight when putting together defense strategies that result in the best outcomes for his clients. His dedicated team can help you move forward from a domestic or family violence charge.
The Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg offers a free consultation and case evaluation. For a free consultation, call our office at 214-696-9253.
What Constitutes a Domestic or Family Violence Offense in Frisco, TX
Texas law specifies family violence as any violent act, such as assault, perpetrated against a family member or member of one’s household. The victim may or may not be related to the alleged perpetrator but is generally considered to be someone with whom a domestic relationship exists.
If the alleged victim of a violent act is any of the following, you may face family violence charges in Texas:
- Your current or former spouse
- Your relative (by blood or marriage)
- Your parent, guardian, step-parent, or foster parent
- Your child’s co-parent
- Your roommate
If you have a familial or domestic relationship with a person or had such a relationship at any point in the past, you could face charges of domestic or family violence for an alleged act of aggression against that person. An act of aggression may include physical violence or simply the threat of violence or bodily harm.
To discuss your case with a member of the team at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg in Frisco, TX, please call our office today at 214-696-9253.
Potential Penalties for a Family Violence Conviction in Frisco, TX
Depending on the details of your family violence charge, you could face penalties ranging from fines and probation to a lengthy jail sentence.
Several factors determine the penalties you face, including the nature of the alleged crime, your criminal history, your relationship to the alleged victim, and the severity of the alleged victim’s injuries.
A crime involving family violence can be a misdemeanor or a felony in Texas depending on several factors. A threat of bodily harm without the use of a weapon is usually a misdemeanor, often involving fines and probation but no jail time. However, anytime a weapon enters the picture, even if you only allegedly threatened to use one, the charge can get upgraded to a felony.
You will also face felony charges if the prosecution can make a case that the alleged victim had a legitimate reason to fear for their life during the incident.
Based on the classification of your charges, you could face the following penalties if convicted of family violence in Texas:
- Class C Misdemeanor: Up to a $500 fine
- Class A Misdemeanor: Up to a $4,000 fine and up to 1 year in jail
- Third-Degree Felony: Up to a $10,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison
- Second-Degree Felony: Up to a $10,000 fine and up to 20 years in prison
- First-Degree Felony: Up to a $10,000 fine and up to life in prison
Whether your sentence consists of years in jail or only a small fine, having a family violence conviction on your criminal record can affect you long after you have served your time and paid the court costs.
With a criminal record for domestic violence, you may have difficulty passing a background check, getting hired for the job you want, going back to school, getting a student loan, or joining the military.
If you get convicted of felony domestic violence, you could permanently lose your right to vote or own a gun.
A family violence lawyer in Frisco from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can help you minimize your fine and jail sentence or, ideally, have the charges dropped completely. For a free consultation with a member of our staff, call us at 214-696-9253.
How a Frisco, TX Family Violence Lawyer Can Help You
It can be difficult to defend yourself against domestic violence allegations. Unlike most criminal offenses, which require a police officer to have probable cause before making an arrest, you can get arrested and charged with domestic violence based on an allegation alone — even with no witnesses and a lack of evidence.
Worse, the state has the option to continue to pursue charges even if the victim recants or says they made the whole story up. It is important to have an attorney on your side who knows the nuances of Texas family violence law and will fight aggressively on your behalf.
A family violence lawyer from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can:
- Investigate the allegations, searching for weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. Often, we can poke such a substantial hole in the case that the prosecutor, realizing their unlikelihood of securing a conviction in court, will agree to drop the charges.
- Use several possible defense strategies to create reasonable doubt when arguing your case in front of a jury.
- Advise you of your various legal options, which may include accepting a plea bargain for a lesser crime and no jail time.
For a Free Family Violence Criminal Defense Consultation in Frisco, TX, Call 214-696-9253 Today
Attorney Randall Isenberg and his team want to meet with you and go over the ways they can defend you against the charges you are facing. For a free consultation with a team member today, call the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg at 214-696-9253.