Domestic Violence and Assault
Domestic violence is a serious crime against spouses, family members, roommates, and romantic partners. While it can be physical, domestic violence can also include harassments, threats, stalking, and emotional abuse. Charges sometimes include child abuse, violations of restraining orders, and domestic battery.
Most felony domestic violence charges require prison time and fines, even in the case of simple misunderstandings and first offenses. Early legal support from a highly skilled and aggressive attorney can possibly help get the charges dismissed or reduced before charges are formally filed. This can save you thousands of dollars in legal fees and court costs.
For cases that make it to court, you need an attorney that will protect your rights and fight for the most favorable outcomes. If a no contact order restricts your access to your kids, it’s critical that your attorney will contest these conditions.
Lasting Impacts of Domestic Violence Charges
If you’re convicted of a domestic violence charge, this can have a lasting impact on your family, employment, and life. Since testimony and court records from a domestic violence case can be used in custody, divorce, and other legal proceedings, it can be used against you in the future. People with domestic violence convictions can face trouble passing pre-employment background checks, may not be legally able to own guns, or find a decent place to live.
Worse, if your partner or family member files a type of restraining order called a domestic violence injunction, you won’t be able to see them or live in your house with them. Violating a domestic violence injunction can cause punishment just as bad as the original crime.
What to Look for in a Criminal Defense Attorney for Domestic Violence Cases
To overcome domestic violence charges in court, it’s important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney who is willing to hear your side of the story and represent you from the time of your first court appearance to get ahead of the charges. They need to have a track record of winning domestic violence cases in local courts. Ideally, they’re aggressive and tenacious, too.
Depending on the nature of the incident, your spouse may want to testify on your behalf. Often, prosecutors see your spouse only as a witness and are unwilling to drop the case, even if the victim wants the charged dropped. You’ll want a lawyer that is able to provide support for your spouse for their testimony, as it can be an overwhelming process.
Ready for the Legal Help You Deserve?
Talk to an attorney now by calling (832) 381-3430 or contact us today to reach an expert criminal defense attorney in The Woodlands, Texas area with experience trying domestic violence cases. I’m happy to discuss with you the details of your case to see how I can help. I have helped other clients get the most successful outcomes for their domestic violence cases in The Woodlands, Houston, and Conroe.