Are You Looking for the Best Domestic Violence Lawyer in Dallas?
If you have been charged with family violence of domestic violence, it is critical that you reach out to a top domestic violence defense lawyer in Dallas right away. Gallian Defense Firm is the best choice to protect your rights and your future if you are facing allegations of domestic or family violence in Dallas, Texas.
Domestic and family violence are serious allegations that you knowingly and intentionally assaulted a current or former family member.
If convicted of family violence you could face harsh penalties, including spending time behind bars and costly fines. A domestic and family assault violence conviction would also result in irreparable damage to your reputation. These charges are also a potential threat to child custody, future housing, and employment opportunities.
A Family Violence Lawyer is Critical in this Area of the Legal Defense
Domestic and family assault violence is a confusing area of law that oftentimes involves a range of additional criminal charges. The following information was compiled from the most common client questions about domestic violence charges in Texas.
What is the Definition of Assault in Dallas, Texas?
Texas law defines assault as a person intentionally, knowingly, and/or recklessly causing bodily injury to another individual.
Examples of Bodily Harm Include:
If you have been arrested for assault, you need the right lawyer fighting for you. Gallian Firm has extensive experience in domestic violence cases throughout the state of Texas.
What Defines Domestic and Family Violence?
Domestic and family violence are allegations that an assault was knowingly committed against a member of the family. The definition of family is broad in Texas law. The following relationships are defined as family, regardless of the living situation:
- Related by Blood or Marriage
- Former Spouses/ Partner
- Parents of the Same Child
- Foster Parent/Child
- Another Member of Household
There does not need to be proof of bodily injury for an individual to be arrested and charged with domestic violence. A mere allegation is sufficient.
Is There a Difference Between Family Violence and Domestic Violence?
No, the terms family violence and domestic violence both refer to the same criminal allegations. There are three main types of these charges, each with varying severity and circumstance. These include domestic violence, aggravated domestic violence, and continuous violence against the family.
What Is Aggravated Domestic Violence?
Aggravated domestic violence is a serious crime. An assault is deemed ‘aggravated’ if a deadly weapon, like a gun is used and/or if serious injuries result from the incident. Gun crimes aggravate nearly all charges. The crime could also be considered aggravated if the assailant is accused of behaving recklessly.
Serious Injuries Could Include:
- Head Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Loss of Limbs
- Injuries That Require Surgery and/or Hospitalization
A deadly weapon is defined as any object that has the potential to inflict serious injuries.
What Is Continuous Violence Against the Family?
A charge of continuous violence against the family is applicable if two crimes of domestic violence are committed within a 12 month period. These instances do not have to occur in the same case or against the same individual.
What If the Allegations of Domestic Violence Again me Are False?
Domestic violence charges are a threat to your future and reputation and false charges of domestic violence should be treated with extreme care. These allegations, especially when false, require the services of a bold and experienced criminal defense attorney. False allegations often result from underlying issues, including:
- Child Custody
- Divorce Issues
Being falsely accused and charged with domestic violence is an occurrence that happens more often than many people are aware. Gallian Defense Firm has gone to court for hundreds of clients accused of crimes that they did not commit.
What If the Accuser Filed a Protective Order?
It is critical to your defense case that you do not violate any protective order that is in place. Violating a protective order would only worsen your case and will result in additional criminal charges.
Gallian Firm understands that a protective order can be frustrating, especially if there are minor children involved. But it is critical to your defense case that you comply with the law. Stay away from the accuser and avoid all communications, including phone, email, or in-person contact until further notice.
Can A Protective Order Be Terminated?
Yes, a motion will need to be filed to get a protective order terminated. This will require a hearing to determine whether the order should be lifted.
What Happens If I Violate a Protective Order?
Violating a protective order would result in an additional Class A misdemeanor, which carries up to 12 months in jail and $4000 in fines. Doing so will also threaten your domestic violence case and may result in a conviction.
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