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Domestic Violence Charges

Are you facing domestic violence charges? If so, you need an attorney now. A good attorney will help you resolve the case in the best way possible. Furthermore, a good attorney will protect your rights. Scott C. Smith will advocate for you and work to get you the best outcome.

What are domestic violence charges?

There are three specific domestic violence charges: domestic assault, aggravated domestic assault, and continuous violence against the family. To be clear, you can only face these charges when you are accused of hurting, among others:

  • A former or current partner
  • The other parent of your child
  • A biological, adopted, or foster child
  • Someone who lives with you
  • A relative by blood or marriage
  • A foster parent

In short, you can face domestic violence charges when accused of hurting family, household members, or people you are dating/have dated. If the complaint says that you used a weapon or caused someone serious bodily injury, then you are more likely to face felony charges. Additionally, your charges will be more serious if you have a history of facing similar charges.

People face domestic violence accusations in a range of situations. Sometimes prosecutors file charges even if the victim doesn’t want to press charges.  In other cases, one spouse or partner may falsely accuse the other for revenge or to get more in divorce proceedings. Similarly, some domestic violence victims are charged for defending themselves. To be clear, even if none of these scenarios apply to you, your rights must be protected.

What are the consequences of domestic violence charges?

No matter the situation, the consequences start right after your arrest. For example, in Travis County, the judge may order an assessment by Travis County Counseling and Education Service and follow their recommendations. Also, the judge may also issue an Emergency Protective Order which restricts contact with the person who made the complaint, even keeping you from returning home if you lived with them. Finally, if convicted, you could face prison time and large fines. Domestic violence charges can also affect divorce proceedings and custody agreements.

Facing domestic violence charges can be scary and intimidating, especially considering the long legal process. The best way to resolve this difficult situation is to get the help of an understanding and skilled attorney. With his decades of experience and dedication to each individual client, Mr. Smith can help make this process easier. Call the Law Office of Scott C. Smith to take the first step towards a resolution.