Texas Domestic Violence Law
Many Facets of Domestic Violence
Texas domestic violence cases are of two varieties: criminal and civil. This means that if someone is a victim of domestic violence, they can file criminal charges against the defendant, as well as sue them for financial remuneration in civil court. There is a broad range of behavior that qualifies as domestic violence: assault, stalking and menacing, child abuse and sexual assault.
Understanding Domestic Violence Charges
It is important to note that domestic violence is not just restricted to the family (spouse or children). Other types of partnerships, such as dating relationships, can be addressed under these laws. Though there are several different aspects of domestic violence, nearly every case begins with a protective order being issued to the alleged abuser. Should this order be violated in any way, it can result in a contempt criminal conviction.
Different Forms of Domestic Violence
At The Law Office of Philip M. Gommels, we defend every type of domestic violence case. These may include, but are not limited to:
- Domestic assault (assault family member) involves a range of actions from threats to assault with deadly weapons toward any individuals who live in the house with the victim, not just a spouse.
- Stalking is generally defined as excessive or unreasonable pursuit of a person by their partner or prospective partner, which causes anxiety or fear by the victim.
- Menacing can be thought of as stalking taken to extremes; it involves the perceived intent by the perpetrator to create the fear of injury or death to the victim.
Hire a Domestic Violence Lawyer Immediately
If you are being investigated or questioned by attorneys or law enforcement officers, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT.
If you or someone you know is being investigated on any Texas domestic violence charges, it is vital to contact an experienced attorney immediately. They can protect you from making statements that the prosecutor can use against you and protect you in the court of public opinion, which can often become a crucial part of these cases. Call us today for a consultation.