This post concludes and recaps my series on the handling of domestic violence charges in Austin, Texas. I felt it necessary to write on this topic as many defendants do not recognize the serious nature of such charges after they have been arrested. It is important to understand that such charges are not a private matter between two individuals. An arrest means that one is charged by the state of Texas and that they face serious consequences. The goal of my last several articles has been to provide information which will help people to better understand their situation. I also hope that these articles will assist individuals of making an informed choice when it comes time to select a criminal defense attorney. If you need assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I have addressed several topics over my recent articles. Issues which I have analyzed include:
- The process after a domestic violence arrest
- Defending against false domestic violence claims
- Claiming self-defense against family violence charges
- The right to a jury trial in domestic violence cases
- Texas’ penalties for family violence
- The need to take protective orders seriously
There are multiple reasons why defendants must understand these issues. First, a domestic violence arrest is like any other criminal charge and a defendant will be subjected to the legal system. Second, domestic violence may be the criminal charge which is most likely to be based on false allegations. It is crucial that such allegations be given the attention they deserve, even if they are false. Third, the fact that you were arrested does not necessarily mean that you were the “primary aggressor.” If you were acting in self-defense then you may possibly have a strong defense. Fourth, Texas provides the right to a jury trial in such cases, unlike many other states. Finally, Texas imposes harsh penalties for domestic assault convictions and one’s situation will likely be worsened if they violate a protective order.
A point I have stressed throughout this series is that it is crucial to contact an experienced attorney to assist you. No two cases are the same and it is in your best interests to retain counsel who has handled many such matters. I am certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in criminal law and I devote my practice to defending the rights of the accused. Call today to speak with a lawyer. My office also serves the areas of Rollingwood, Round Rock, Elgin, Jonestown, Manor, Bee Cave, Lago Vista, Sunset Valley, Lakeway, Creedmoor, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Leander, and San Marcos, Texas.