Allegations of assault and violence involving family members or cohabitants can involve especially difficult issues, since the emotional ties between defendant and victim are typically so close. The Texas Penal Code imposes strict penalties for offenses against the family, often requiring a protective order, fines, and even jail time if the conduct was especially violent. Granger and Mueller PC, has assisted clients accused of many different types of family violence and assault offenses, including
- violation of a protective order
- assault by strangulation
- unlawful restraint
- terroristic threat
- interference with an emergency call
We also assist clients with motions to abate protective orders.
Family Violence Lawyers
Granger and Mueller PC, provides criminal defense representation to clients facing family violence charges in Travis County, Texas. Family violence encompasses more conduct than abuse occurring between spouses; it can also be defined as abuse between former spouses, dating partners, relatives, or cohabitants, and can include various types of illegal conduct, such as:
- Physical abuse and assaults
- Damaging or destroying personal property
- Unwanted sexual touching
- Threats and stalking
Offenses Against the Family
Attempting to combat incidences of assault and family violence, the Texas state government has enacted stringent statutes targeting those who commit this type of criminal offense. The Texas Penal Code is especially protective of children in family violence situations, imposing severe penalties for offenders. Prohibited acts include the use of violent force, sexual misconduct, interfering with child custody arrangements, and the abduction, purchase, or sale of children.
While some of these assault crimes are classified as misdemeanors, more serious offenses against the family and assaults are categorized as third-degree felonies. A third-degree felony assault conviction can result in up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, with a mandatory minimum sentence of two years.
Depending on the facts of the assault case and the charges involved, the defendant may also be ordered to pay restitution to the injured spouse or relative for any expenses that resulted, such as medical costs. The defendant may also be ordered to participate in the Batterers Intervention and Prevention Program.
Other Potential Family Violence and Assault Consequences
If you are convicted of a family violence offense, the impact on your personal and professional life may extend well beyond your sentence, including:
- Loss of employment
- Hardship in finding alternative work
- Loss of professional license
If you are not a U.S. Citizen, such a conviction may also result in your deportation or the denial of your naturalization. At Granger and Mueller PC, our attorneys help clients mitigate the devastating consequences of a family violence charge by investigating the case further, negotiating with the prosecution to obtain a more favorable plea agreement, and providing zealous representation if the case goes to trial.