Assault Family Violence Charges in Texas | Allegations of Domestic Violence

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Assault Family Violence Charges in Texas

You have been together for years and have worked through almost every major relationship hiccup. Things that would tear other people apart, you work on and work through. You know each other almost better than you know yourselves, all the good and all the bad. But the flaws seem to grow over time and the volume of your disagreements get louder and louder. Alcohol or some other substance is introduced to dull the pain of the hurtful words but you find yourself yelling, engulfed in rage and unable to control your tongue. All you want is for things to change, for them to get better. Instead of getting better, the same mistakes are made and words turn physical. You don’t remember who started it, but you remember how it ended. The police show up knocking at your front door responding to a call of domestic violence.

What is a Family Member under Texas Criminal Law?

Offenses against family members under Texas criminal law includes who are in or have been in a dating relationship, individuals in a parent-child relationship by birth or adoption, individuals who share a common ancestor, in-laws, and individuals who are married. Members of the same household are also considered “family members” for purposes of criminal law in Texas. This includes persons living together in the same dwelling, without regard to whether they are related to each other.

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Assault Bodily Injury Family Violence (ABI-FM)

The haze only begins to wear off after you are questioned, photographed, and your loved one is ultimately carried away to jail. Now, there is a charge of Assault Causing Bodily Injury Involving Family Violence, often a $2,500 bond, and a court setting to appear in County Criminal Court Number Five. You try to handle questions from detectives, interviews by prosecutors, and hundreds of solicitations from defense attorneys. At the end of the day, you have no idea what to do or how to do it. We know. We can help.

First, understand this: allegations of family violence are incredibly serious even at the lowest levels. While they can range from a Class C ticket all the way to a First Degree Felony punishable by up to a life sentence in the state penitentiary, they can also affect your family stability and immigration status. Everything you do and say from the point of initial police contact forward can and will be used to assist prosecution, not necessarily what is best for you or your family.

Second, an allegation of family violence does not define who you are or what your family prioritizes. Family violence allegations can be resolved in several different ways: no-file, dismissal, diversion program, deferred adjudication, probation, or jail time. The best of these options are only available if you act early. Contacting an attorney as soon as the police become involved can help protect your rights and ensure law enforcement gets all, not just bits and pieces of what happened.

Third, help is here. There are classes, counseling that can get your family safely back on track without jeopardizing the freedom or criminal record of a loved one. Anger management and courses teaching alternative conflict resolution can help everyone stop a problem before it starts.

Fourth, contrary to popular belief, an alleged victim contacting the prosecution and requesting the case be dropped, or stating alleged victim is not willing to cooperate is not sufficient to have the case dropped or demised. The case belongs to the State of Texas and not the alleged victim. Most often the facts that led the officer to believe there was enough evidence for an arrest is the same evidence that will prevent the prosecution for dismissing the case outright. It takes experienced attorneys to navigate these troubled waters and secure an outcome that potentially avoids a conviction, jail time, and allows for an expunction or nondisclosure in the future.

Our attorneys have extensive experience in helping you navigate these difficult times. We will work with your family to develop a plan that best suits your needs. Contact Varghese Summersett PLLC today at 817-203-2220,

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Contact our Fort Worth Assault Attorneys

Call us at (817) 203-2220 for a complimentary strategy session. During this call we will:

  • Discuss the facts of your case;
  • Discuss the legal issues involved, including the direct and collateral consequences of the allegation; and
  • Discuss the defenses that apply to your plan and in general terms discuss our approach to your case.

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