Deer Park Domestic Violence Attorney
Domestic Violence Defense for the Greater Houston Area
Most every domestic relationship has ups and downs. During stressful times, a minor disagreement may escalate into a heated exchange. When a dispute turns into physical abuse it is time to take some direct action to protect the family. Domestic abuse may involve emotional abuse, the use of threats, or forbidding social contact with friends or other family or denying access to financial resources.
Victims of domestic violence may feel acts of domestic abuse are private family business or may be frightened into remaining silent out of fear of retaliation. If you or a loved one is being controlled through violence or subjected to emotional, mental, or sexual abuse it is urgent that you speak with a Deer Park divorce attorney who could take action on your behalf. We serve clients throughout the Houston area.
Domestic Violence Lawyer in Deer Park
Domestic abuse once started generally increases over time. Control through manipulation or the use of force doesn’t just stop because the abuser expresses remorse or promises to stop. The abused person is often reluctant to contact the authorities and may be too intimidated or simply unable to leave. Abused spouses who have called the police often withdraw their complaint after the police arrive or even after and arrest has been made allowing the abuser to simply continue as before.
An experienced domestic violence lawyer at my firm can quickly evaluate your situation and take action to protect you and the other members of the family and assist in helping you to rebuild a normal life. An order of protection can give you protection that the law provides. The protection order, also called a restraining order, allows for law enforcement to take action in a violation. An aggressive approach is always the best defense. By bringing an experienced divorce lawyer into your case immediately, you and your children can begin a new life and your abuser can get professional help.
How Long Does Domestic Violence Stay On Your Record In Texas?
The penalties for domestic violence depend on several factors, including if the victim suffered a serious bodily injury, and the prior criminal history of the defendant.
Class A misdemeanor domestic threat conviction can result in up to a year in county jail and a fine of up to $4,000. 2nd Degree felony domestic assault can include incarceration for 2 to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. 1st Degree felony aggravated domestic assault can include incarceration for 5 to 99 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
In addition to prison time and fines, the defendant may have to pay victim restitution, go through domestic violence or substance abuse counseling.
Are you or your children victims of domestic violence? Contact a Deer Park domestic violence attorney for immediate legal action to get an order of protection.