Bryan Domestic Violence Lawyers
Domestic violence convictions in Texas can lead to severe penalties, including both fines and jail time. Those accused often face the loss of reputation among their community, friends, and even their family. At James, Reynolds, Spiegelhauer & Ask, we believe people are innocent until proven guilty, and our firm has spent over 40 years fighting for defendants’ rights.
Call the domestic violence lawyers in our Bryan office at (979) 227-3305. We serve clients in College Station and throughout Brazos County.
The Penalties for Domestic Violence in Texas
The consequences for domestic violence offenses depend on various factors, including the nature of the alleged incident, the degree of harm suffered, and any prior family violence incidents.
In Texas, domestic violence is classified under specific categories:
This offense is categorized as a Class A misdemeanor, with penalties including fines of up to $4,000 and imprisonment of up to one year.
Aggravated Domestic Assault
This is a more severe form of domestic violence. The victim has suffered serious injury, and/or a deadly weapon was used or exhibited. This offense is classified as a felony, with penalties ranging from a minimum of two years' imprisonment to a maximum of life imprisonment, along with potential fines of up to $10,000.
Continuous Violence Against the Family
This offense is considered a third-degree felony and carries penalties of imprisonment for 2 to 10 years and fines of up to $10,000. It is important to note that the penalties for continuous violence against the family are in addition to whatever sentence came with each individual charge.
The Difference Between Domestic Violence and Assault
The distinction between domestic violence and regular assault lies in the relationship between the offender and the victim. Domestic violence is characterized by assault or threats of bodily harm against a family member, household member, or someone with whom the offender has or had a dating relationship.
On the other hand, regular assault pertains to acts of violence or threats of violence against individuals outside of these specific relationships.
Domestic violence offenses often carry harsher penalties than regular assault due to the emphasis on protecting vulnerable individuals within a family or intimate partner dynamics. For example, while simple assault may be categorized as a misdemeanor, the charge can be elevated to a third-degree felony if there is a history of domestic violence.
Something defendants in domestic violence or regular assault cases have in common is this—they both deserve a legal defense that is passionate, fights to protect their rights, and works to secure their freedom. The domestic violence and assault attorneys from our Bryan office do all of that and more.
Common Defenses Against Domestic Violence and Assault
Every case is different, and the legal defense used on behalf of you or your loved one will depend on the specific circumstances involved. Our defense strategies aim to challenge the prosecution's evidence and provide alternative explanations for the alleged conduct.
Some common defenses include:
- Self-defense: This defense asserts that the defendant's use of force was a reasonable response to a perceived threat, thereby justifying their actions.
- Lack of credibility: This may involve questioning the consistency of the victim's statements, highlighting potential motives for false accusations, or presenting evidence that contradicts the prosecution's narrative.
- Mistaken identity: This approach aims to create reasonable doubt about the defendant's involvement in the alleged offense.
Additional legal defenses, such as lack of intent, alibi, or coercion, may be employed depending on the unique circumstances of the case.
Let Our Experienced Domestic Violence Lawyers in Bryan Help
James, Reynolds, Spiegelhauer & Ask has been fighting for defendants since 1983. Our attorneys have over 90 years of combined experience. We’ve earned numerous positive reviews from our clients and have built up a track record of success. While a past record can never guarantee a future outcome, that record can give defendants and their families peace of mind. We know how to approach a case, we know how to investigate, and we understand what it takes to win at trial. Let us fight for you or your loved one.
Call (979) 227-3305 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation.
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