Domestic Violence Lawyers in Houston, Texas
Our Houston domestic violence attorneys at the Nava Law Group, P.C. understand how these charges can affect our clients’ livelihoods, as the charges begin inside the home, which could affect their ability to return or interact with their children.
When our clients are facing domestic violence charges their lives become completely disrupted by restraining orders, family difficulty, work interruptions caused by court dates, and the overall severity of a conviction weighing on their shoulders each minute the case goes unresolved.
This is not an easy situation to face, but our Harris County and Houston domestic violence lawyers can help ease your stress by providing exceptional representation that promotes confidence through customized legal solutions.
What Is Domestic Violence in Houston, Texas?
Domestic violence, domestic abuse, or family violence occurs when there is violence or other abuse in a domestic setting.
Domestic violence in Texas covers a broad spectrum of abuse between the complainant and the assailant who are members of the same family or household, and can include:
- Spouses and former spouses
- Parents of the same child
- Relatives, either blood or adoptive
- Current or former partners
- Individuals who live together, regardless of their relationship
Current dating partners are considered family members and domestic violence charges will apply to their assault circumstances even if they do not live together.
What Types of Domestic Violence Charges Apply in Texas?
In most cases, a first domestic violence offense will result in a Class A Misdemeanor charge. These initial charges can result in up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $4,000, or both.
Individuals who have prior domestic violence convictions may see future domestic violence charges elevated to a third-degree felony, which are punishable by two to ten years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.
Aggravated domestic violence charges are second-degree felonies, which are punishable by two to 20 years in prison, and a fine of up to $10,000.
When domestic violence causes serious bodily injury and is committed with a deadly weapon it becomes a first-degree felony, which can result in life imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.
How Will a Houston Domestic Violence Conviction Impact My Life?
Each domestic violence charge is as different as the person who is accused of the crime.
Your charges, previous criminal record, and the details of the alleged abuse will result in different charges and proposed penalties.
However, domestic violence convictions may carry the following consequences:
- Community service
- Heavy fines
- Jail time
- Job loss and the inability to pursue future employment
- Loss of professional certifications licenses
- Restitution to the victim
- Revocation of firearm licenses
This is important because anyone who performs a background check on a person convicted of domestic violence — including landlords, employers, and banks will view the offense and judge them negatively for it.
This is true whether your case was brought under false allegations or if you were defending yourself. That is why it is so important to partner with an experienced Houston domestic violence lawyer as soon as you are arrested, so we can fully investigate your case and minimize the potentially life-changing outcome.
How Can the Nava Law Group, P.C. Defend Against a Domestic Violence Charge in Houston?
Domestic violence is a very serious matter in Texas and throughout the country.
Because of the negative connotation associated with domestic abuse, and the public stigma that surrounds it, the Houston Police Department will enforce domestic violence laws by arresting the accused person — even when very little evidence is available to support the claim by the alleged victim.
These arrests can be terrifying, and the penalties the prosecutor threatens the accused with can change their lives forever.
Even if the accuser decides not to press charges, the State can, and often will continue to prosecute. With very little evidence other than the statement of the complainant, our Houston domestic violence lawyers are often able to pursue a dismissal of charges in many cases.
Our skilled Houston domestic violence attorneys will fully defend your rights using a customized strategy that we will design for your specific case, which can include:
- Effectively interviewing the accuser and any witnesses
- Gathering evidence that supports our legal position
- Negotiating with the prosecutor to seek a lesser charge, when the case cannot be dismissed outright
If your domestic violence case goes to court, our Houston domestic violence lawyers will be ready to present an effective defense on your behalf and will keep you updated during each step of your case, so you can make an informed decision about your future.
Contact Our Houston Domestic Violence Lawyers for a Free Consultation Today
A Houston domestic violence conviction will remain on your public record for anyone to see during a simple Google search, which can jeopardize your ability to work or enjoy life without judgment.
If you have been charged with domestic violence, contact our criminal law attorneys in Houston today by calling (713) 218-2400 to learn how the Nava Law Group, P.C. can prepare an accomplished defense on your behalf, so you can continue planning for your future.
Domestic Violence FAQs
What Is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is abusive behavior that is used by one person to exert control over another with whom they have a relationship, which can include physical, sexual, emotional, economic, psychological abuse, or stalking.
What Should I Do If I Am Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges in Houston?
If you are arrested for domestic violence in Houston, contact our domestic violence attorneys today to ensure your rights are protected. These charges are very serious and can result in your losing your job, your children, and your freedom. The prosecutor’s office will fully pursue domestic violence charges, which means you will need an attorney to protect your rights going forward. and monitor the proceedings for legality and fairness.
What Happens if the Other Person Drops the Domestic Violence Charges or Refuses to Testify Against Me?
Domestic violence charges are complicated. When the person whose accusations led to your arrest no longer wishes to press charges, that does not mean the charges will be dropped. The State can pick up the charges and proceed with the prosecution. With the help of our domestic violence attorneys in Houston, we can review your case and counter the charges waged against you to pursue the best outcome available for your unique circumstances.
How Does a Domestic Violence Charge Affect Custody and Visits With My Children?
If you have been charged with domestic violence against the parent of your shared child, you may need the help of a criminal defense lawyer to negotiate an agreeable arrangement regarding your child visitation. If these charges stand your existing childcare schedule and freedoms may be taken away, and only resumed under supervised visitation. Together, we can help protect your parental rights, so you can resume your relationship with your children.
Can I Be Removed from the U.S. for a Domestic Violence Crime?
Domestic violence charges become increasingly complicated when the accused is a noncitizen of the United States. If a noncitizen is convicted of violating laws relating to domestic violence he or she is at risk of removal from the country.