Domestic Violence Facing Criminal Charges? Protect Your Freedom Before Time Runs Out

San Antonio Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys

Household & Family Assault or Violence

Texas laws regarding domestic violence are very severe. These offenses are taken seriously by Texas courts. A conviction will likely affect all aspects of your life, from your family relationships to your personal and professional reputation. Furthermore, domestic violence incidents often result in restraining orders, protective orders, or orders to vacate your home. Such orders further constrain your freedom. Domestic violence charges, like nearly all criminal charges, are financially burdensome but in this case, they result in emotional distress as well.

If you have been charged or are being investigated for domestic violence assault, we urge you to contact Smith & Vinson Law Firm immediately. Our San Antonio DV lawyers can ensure that your rights are protected and will begin a thorough investigation into the incident. It is important to remember to never speak to law enforcement officers, the alleged victim, cellmates, or any other party. Anything you say may be used against you in court. Speak only to your domestic violence attorney.

Contact our legal team immediately in any domestic violence situation. Call for a free consultation with our San Antonio domestic violence lawyer at (210) 960-9557

What Is Domestic Violence?

Under Texas law, the three types of domestic violence are:

  • Domestic assault: Domestic assault causes physical injury, threatens to cause imminent physical harm, or makes physical contact with the victim that is provoking or offensive. In all cases, it is intentional, knowing, or reckless. The alleged victim and assailant must be family or household members or dating partners. A first offense of domestic assault is classified as a Class A misdemeanor while repeat offenses may be charged as a third-degree felony
  • Aggravated domestic assault: This offense results in serious bodily injury or is committed with the use of a deadly weapon. It involves members of the same family or household or dating partners. Aggravated domestic assault is charged as a second-degree felony. When it includes both a serious bodily injury and the use of a deadly weapon, it is charged as a first-degree felony.
  • Continuous family violence: After having committed two previous acts of domestic violence, a third incident will result in what is called continuous violence against the family. This can occur without an arrest or conviction of the previous two incidents and the complaining witnesses in all incidents may be different family or household members or dating partners. This offense is charged as a third-degree felony.

Possible Defenses

The defense of a domestic violence charge is comparable to the defense of an assault charge. You may have been arrested based on little evidence. This is especially true in cases where the complaining family member has accused you of alleged physical harm or threats. The only “evidence” may be his or her statement to the arresting officers. These statements often will change later on as the complainant changes his or her mind.

The defenses that apply to general assault cases also apply to those involving domestic violence. It often makes more sense to pursue a case dismissal. But even in cases where the complaining family member prefers not to press charges or wishes to stop the prosecution, Texas prosecutors have the power to pursue the charges through the court system.

With this in mind, having a proficient attorney in your corner is crucial. Our San Antonio domestic violence defense attorneys can skillfully work to interview the alleged victim, talk with any other witnesses, put together critical evidence that can help your case, and engage in negotiations with the prosecutor.

How Domestic Violence Lawyers Assist Their Clients

When charged with domestic violence, the role of a dedicated attorney becomes pivotal in navigating the complexities of legal proceedings, safeguarding your rights, and working towards a favorable outcome. Domestic violence lawyers play a crucial role in offering a defense that is both strategic and personalized, understanding the gravity of the accusations and the potential impact on your life. Their extensive knowledge of the law, combined with experience in handling similar cases, allows them to offer comprehensive support throughout the legal process.

Services Provided by Domestic Violence Attorneys

Domestic violence attorneys offer a range of services designed to comprehensively address the needs of their clients. These services include, but are not limited to:

  • Case Evaluation: Conducting an in-depth review of the charges and evidence against you, providing a clear understanding of your legal situation.
  • Legal Advice: Offering expert guidance on the best course of action, whether it's aiming for a case dismissal, negotiating a plea deal, or proceeding to trial.
  • Investigation: Gathering and analyzing evidence that could lead to the exoneration of the client, including witness statements, video surveillance, and other forms of proof that could undermine the credibility of the accuser's allegations.
  • Negotiation with Prosecutors: Engaging in discussions with prosecutors to possibly reduce charges, lessen penalties, or even get the case dismissed based on weaknesses in the prosecution's case or evidence.
  • Representation in Court: Standing by your side during court appearances, articulating a strong defense, and advocating on your behalf.
  • Filing Motions: Preparing and filing legal motions to exclude certain pieces of evidence, dismiss the case due to procedural errors, or protect the client's rights.
  • Support and Guidance: Providing not just legal representation, but also emotional support and guidance through a process that can be stressful and daunting.

By offering these services, domestic violence lawyers aim to ensure the best possible outcomes for their clients, while also striving to minimize the personal and professional disruption such charges can bring.

Seek Immediate Legal Support in the Wake of Domestic Violence Charges

If you have been accused of committing an act of domestic violence, you should seek immediate legal help. Our Texas domestic violence attorneys are here to listen to your side of the story, assert your legal rights, and do whatever possible to secure a favorable resolution. Let us use our arsenal of legal skills and knowledge to fight for you.

Call Smith & Vinson Law Firm today to speak to a San Antonio domestic violence defense lawyer at (210) 960-9557.

Texas Domestic Violence FAQ

What is the statute of limitations for domestic violence in Texas?

  • The statute of limitations for domestic violence offenses in Texas varies depending on the specific offense. For most domestic violence offenses, there is no statute of limitations, meaning charges can be filed at any time after the commission of the offense.

What are the consequences of a domestic violence conviction in Texas?

  • A domestic violence conviction in Texas can have severe and long-lasting consequences, including incarceration, fines, mandatory participation in intervention programs, issuance of protective orders, loss of firearm rights, and social stigma.

Can I be charged with domestic violence based solely on someone's accusation?

  • While accusations alone may lead to investigations, prosecutors must present sufficient evidence to support criminal charges. It's essential to remember that you are presumed innocent until proven guilty, and you have the right to defend yourself against any allegations.

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      Our client was accused of running a prostitution ring out of a massage parlor and trafficking an unwilling participant as part of the operation. The alleged victim had never been instructed to perform any sexual favors and accused our client after she felt she was owed extra wages.

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      Our client was a UT student who was accused of sexual assault. He came to our firm extremely scared about his future both with the university and within the criminal justice system. With our firm's help, he was able to show that his accuser was not credible. Smith and Vinson put together a defense that law enforcement recognized as credible evidence of his innocence and not to file charges which changed the course of our client's life.

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      Client had been celebrating his birthday and tried to prevent some of his guest from driving while intoxicated. While attempting to arrange an alternative ride for a relative, the relative’s girlfriend decided she wasn’t having it and decided to start an altercation with a few other guest. Later she accused our client of having assaulted her and sending her to the hospital.

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      Our client was accused of being intoxicated while having her 8 year old in the vehicle with her, a third degree felony in Texas. To make matters worse the investigation had been initiated after our client had crashed into two parked cars and the first thing officers noticed were the two previous DWI’s our client had.

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      During a dispute with her boyfriend, our client threw a brass statue against a wall, which ended up bouncing and hitting him. He called the police and our client was arrested for Assault Family Violence.

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