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When you’ve been charged with domestic violence, you need proven representation. An allegation of domestic violence can severely damage your reputation, even if you’re innocent. If you are found guilty, you could find yourself facing jail time. Being convicted of domestic assault can have enormous consequences from the rest of your life – it can limit future employment opportunities, housing, and even access to your children.

At The Williams Firm, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients. False accusations of domestic assault are quite common – partners sometimes accuse each other of assault during divorces or custody cases. Call us immediately if you need a domestic violence lawyer in Texas.

In Texas, there are three different kinds of domestic violence charges:

  • Domestic assault
  • Aggravated domestic assault
  • Continuous violence against the family

Each one can result in jail time, but they are different charges.

Domestic assault

 This is an assault committed against a family member, member of the perpetrator’s household, or romantic partner (current or former). An assault does not have to cause bodily injury to count – threats of injury are enough. Domestic battery and domestic assault are also both charged in the same way. It’s usually charged as a Class A misdemeanor, which is the most severe degree of misdemeanor. It carries a fine of up to $4,000 and a jail term of up to one year.

Aggravated domestic assault

 This charge is similar to domestic assault but is even more serious. An aggravated assault involves serious bodily injury caused to someone else or using a deadly weapon in the commission of a crime. Aggravated domestic assault is a second-degree felony, but could be charged as an even more serious crime. A second-degree felony can result in jail time of 2-20 years, as well as a fine of up to $10,000.

Continuous violence against the family

 This charge can be brought when two assaults have been committed within a 12-month period – even if neither of those assaults resulted in an arrest or conviction. This charge is for situations when the victims feel like they have been continually threatened and is charged as a third-degree felony. It carries prison time of two to ten years and a fine of up to $10,000.

The Williams Firm is a highly respected Texas law firm that is dedicated to protecting your rights. We believe everyone deserves a vigorous defense and will do everything we can to help you in court. We have more than 25 years of combined legal experience, and use it to provide a comprehensive defense for every client. We also take pride in caring for each client as an individual and analyzing every case to ensure our clients get the specific help that they need.

When you are looking for a knowledgeable and compassionate defense attorney, give us a call. We recognize that being charged with domestic assault can be incredibly stressful, and we are here to make sure that you understand the entire process and have a strong defense.