While most people have an idea of what ‘domestic violence’ means, it may come as a surprise that the legal concept is much more expansive than our general idea of the concept.
First – if you are a victim of domestic violence, get help immediately by moving to a safe location and calling the National Hotline: 1-800-787-7234.
Domestic Violence: Legal Definition
Domestic violence in Texas [Texas Penal Code 22.01] includes not only assault against family members (current or past) but intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury to another person, threatening another person, and physical contact that one shoudl reasonably now will be provocative or offensive. This also includes children, foster children, and any member of a household.
This means one can potentially be charged with domenstic violence even if one does not think they are being violent, does not intent to be violent, or even if one does not physically cause injury.
A common scenario is that a couple gets into a fairly mundane argument (no one is perfect, arguments happen.) No one is physically assaulted. A neighbor calls the police and someone is charged and / taken to jail for assault. Often it is the case that no one even intends to press any charges.
Consequence of Domestic Violence Conviction
Penalties for domestic violence, even misdemeanors, are very stiff – they can include a year in jail and thousands of dollars in fines. In some cases domestic violence can even be charged as a felony offense. As well, these charges tend to haunt people throughout their lives regarding employment, education, and more.
If you or a loved one is charged with domestic violence and you want to fight these charges, it is essentially to hire a caring and understanding attorney with experience in this area who will fight for you. Houston Defense Lawyer Carl Haggard has over 30 years of experience fighting domestic violence charges in Houston and Harris County and has a verifiable winning record. Call or email today for a Free Confidential Consultation regarding your case and he will immediately go to work to provide the best legal defense possible.