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Understanding Texas Domestic Violence Laws
Domestic assault is, one of the most common crimes committed in San Antonio and the nearby areas. While it’s true that many of those who commit such acts must be punished, there are many men and women who are unjustly accused of violence they did not commit. In many cases, these accusations can arise from misunderstandings, miscommunications, or even outright, malicious lies. If you've been accused of domestic violence, you must contact a San Antonio domestic violence lawyer immediately.
Unfortunately, even false allegations can lead to serious penalties. An individual charged with domestic violence will almost always be subject to an order of protection (commonly referred to as a “restraining order”). Violations of these orders can result in additional charges carrying even more severe consequences than the original offense.
What Are the Penalties for Domestic Violence in Texas?
Unfortunately, domestic violence is not uncommon. Domestic violence includes a large range of threatening or harmful actions, including spousal abuse, child endangerment, and more. Even if the defendant did not intend to harm the victim, any act that is perceived as violent or threatening could be grounds for prosecution under Texas law.
A domestic violence misdemeanor occurs when one family member commits or threatens to commit violence against another family member or household member.
Penalties for misdemeanor domestic violence sentences are dependent upon the precise details of each case. The court will consider previous convictions, whether the offender was on probation or parole, and any other extenuating situations.
Some of the penalties that may attach to misdemeanor domestic violence in Texas include:
- Up to a year in jail
- A fine of up to $4,000
- Community service
- Court-ordered domestic violence counseling
- Being subjected to a protective order
- Inability/limited ability to own or possess any firearms
Talk with a San Antonio Domestic Violence Attorney
If you’ve been accused of any type of violence against a spouse or family member, do not rely on the advice of friends or loved ones. If you are accused of domestic violence, there is too much at risk for you to try to fight the accusations by yourself. Your life, your employment, and your personal relationships are all at stake. A conviction can result in you being sentenced to jail time, being ordered to pay fines and attend counseling or anger management classes, and being placed on probation. It’s imperative that you contact a San Antonio domestic violence defense lawyer immediately if you or a loved one is facing domestic violence charges.
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