Experienced Houston Domestic Violence Defense Lawyers
Criminal defense attorneys who will defend your rights and work hard for you
Being charged with domestic violence in Houston or another community in Texas is a serious criminal charge. That’s why it’s critical that you take your charge seriously right from the start. Otherwise, you could be incarcerated for several months or years and forced to pay thousands of dollars in fines, along with being subject to other penalties. That’s why our Houston domestic violence defense lawyers at Smith & Hassler want to meet with you.
Our criminal defense attorneys have more than 30 years of experience handling challenging legal cases. We know the law. We understand how the system works, and we’re prepared to work hard to find the facts to build the strongest legal case. Even if you think you didn’t do anything wrong, you need to take allegations of domestic violence against you seriously. We can defend your rights and fight for your freedom.
Different types of domestic violence charges in Texas
Domestic violence is a term often used by lawyers and prosecutors to describe a wide range of criminal charges involving allegations of domestic abuse involving:
- Your current or former spouse
- Your current of former girlfriend or boyfriend
- The parent of your current or former spouse or partner
- Your child
- Your foster child
- Your roommate
Domestic violence (sometimes referred to as spousal abuse) charges in Texas can cover a wide range, including:
- Domestic assault
- Aggravated domestic assault
- Violation of a restraining order
- Continuous violence against the family
Depending on whether this is the first time or a subsequent offense, the penalties can vary. In some cases, you could be fined up to $4,000 and face up to a year in jail if you are convicted of a class A misdemeanor. If your domestic violence charge is classified as a first-degree felony, the most severe charge in Texas, you could be fined up to $10,000 and serve 5-99 years in prison. In addition, you may be required to pay restitution money to the victim.
What makes domestic violence cases in Texas so difficult?
Domestic violence charges in Texas can be challenging legal cases for many different reasons, including:
- Person accusing you of domestic violence provided false testimony about incident
- Person accusing you of domestic violence changed their story
- You accidentally injured the person
- You were defending yourself
- Investigating police officer made errors during investigation
- Investigating police officer tampered with evidence
- Investigating police officer lost evidence
- Prosecutor withheld evidence before or during trial
Don’t try to tackle your domestic violence charge on your own. We can help you handle any legal challenges that come your way. That’s our job and we’re proud to do it.
What should I do if I have been charged with domestic violence in Texas?
If you have been accused of domestic violence and face criminal charges in Texas, we strongly urge you to take the following steps:
- If you do not want to talk to the arresting police officer, you do not have to do so. You have the right to remain silent. And you should. Anything you say can later be used against you in a court of law.
- If you are in jail, do not talk to fellow inmates about your case. Again, your comments could later be used as evidence against you.
- Contact our law firm right away.
The sooner you talk to us, the better. The less you say to anyone else about your case, the better as well.
Take your Texas domestic violence case seriously. Contact Smith & Hassler.
We know how complicated and frustrating allegations of domestic violence can be, especially if you know you didn’t do anything wrong. That’s why we want to help. We can be your voice for justice and demand the respect you deserve.
Every domestic violence case is different. Each one often presents its own challenges. That’s why we never take a one-size-fits-all approach towards legal cases. We work hard to find the facts you need to build the strongest possible legal case.
Discover what a dedicated, Houston domestic violence defense attorney can do for you. Contact us today and schedule your free consultation.