Committed To Defending Clients’ Rights And Reputation In Family Violence Cases
When law enforcement is called to a domestic situation, there is a good chance that at least one person in the house is going to be arrested and brought to the police station. In some cases, innocent people are accused of spousal abuse so that the other party can try to gain the upper hand in family law matters. At Jeff Gilbert Law Office, we are committed to helping protect our clients and preserving their future.
If you have been charged with domestic violence, felony assault by choking or a violent crime against a family member, our domestic violence lawyers in Brazoria County can provide you with experienced legal help to protect your rights.
Ensuring Your Side Of The Story Is Heard
In domestic violence cases, the evidence typically involves competing he-said/she-said statements, and the evidence can be unfairly slanted against the person being accused. Jeff Gilbert uses his more than 30 years of criminal defense experience to provide you with the representation you deserve.
The serious consequences of a domestic violence charge are not limited to the possibility of a criminal jail sentence or fine. These allegations must be taken very seriously because of the possibility of substantial collateral consequences.
A conviction for a domestic violence-related offense can impact your ability to:
- Obtain employment
- Maintain certain professional licenses
- Obtain hunting and other recreational licenses
- Possess firearms
- Acquire custody or exercise visitation with your children
At Jeff Gilbert Law Office, we know that there are at least two sides to every story. We will work with you to present a strong and clear defense. Our team understands the seriousness of these matters and will carefully review your case with you to determine what the best legal options may be.
What Is Family Violence Assault?
When there are violent acts within a family environment, a victim in the household may make a claim against a member of the same household for any emotional or physical abuse or threats against the purported victim filing the claim. A family violence assault charge is founded on the existence of harm between members of the same household or family.
According to Texas law, a family violence assault occurs when a member of the same family or home engages in behavior that causes:
- Bodily harm or injury
- Threats of bodily injury
- Offensive or aggressive physical contact
Family violence assault charges are appropriate if a member of the same family or household knowingly and recklessly harmed another member with intent.
Texas law considers people who meet the following criteria as members of a household or family:
- Blood or marriage connection between two people
- Current or former spouses
- Parents sharing a child
- People who are dating or have dated
- Families connected through the foster system
Family violence assault charges can be filed as a misdemeanor or felony based on the evidence applied in the case. Charges in a family violence assault can be applied as follows:
- Misdemeanor, Class C: Offensive or incendiary physical contact with a member of one’s family or with whom a person shares a household
- Misdemeanor, Class A: Bodily injury against a member of one’s family or household
- Felony, third degree: Anyone with prior convictions for the same crime or who has caused bodily injury to a member of their household
Family violence crimes involving assaults against members of one’s family carry harsher penalties than assaults in other categories. If you are facing family violence assault charges, you need to reach out to an attorney with experience handling these types of cases.
A domestic violence conviction may follow you for the rest of your life. Let our Brazoria County family violence attorneys help you through this devastating experience by setting up an appointment to discuss your options. Call 979-431-1268 today.