Family Violence

Family Violence includes any assaultive conduct that is alleged to have been committed against a person who is defined as member of the accused’s family, a member of the accused’s household or a person with whom the accused has or has had a dating relationship. Texas and the Federal government have taken a tough position against family violence over the past decade. Many offenses that once were considered misdemeanors are now classified as felonies if family violence is alleged. Collateral consequences for these offenses include losing your right to possess a firearm, being denied access to your spouse and children, and the use of such convictions against you in the context of a divorce or child custody dispute. In addition, once you have been convicted or placed on deferred adjudication the judge can and likely will make an affirmative finding of family violence that can be used against you in future court proceedings.

Many believe that because the alleged victim of one of these offenses tells law enforcement they do not want the accused to be arrested or prosecuted the government will not pursue charges. However, ultimately the decision to prosecute is up to the government and they may pursue conviction regardless of the wishes of those alleged to have been harmed. If you have been arrested for an offense involving family violence you will need an experienced attorney who can advise you on your rights and the consequences of the offense, and, if needed, take your case to trial. Call Edward today for free consultation 361-489-3414.

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