When A Domestic Situation Escalates And Becomes A Criminal Charge
Anyone who’s been in a relationship knows that arguments can escalate. Given the right circumstances, things can get out of hand. Misunderstandings happen. When charges of domestic violence come into play, you need a strong criminal defense attorney who will always work to protect you and your record.
As the founder of Mark A. Perez, Attorney at Law, I will work one-on-one with you to carefully go over what happened, what the evidence is, what may be motivating the other party, and what options you have to avoid jail time and a criminal record.
What Is At Stake If You Are Charged With Domestic Violence In Texas
There are three different charges related to domestic assault. As an experienced criminal defense attorney, I understand the different charges and the most effective defense for them.
- The first is if you have allegedly tried to physically harm the other party. The other party can be a family member, roommate or someone you have had an intimate relationship with. This is a Class A misdemeanor and can put you in jail for 12 months.
- The second possible charge is aggravated domestic assault. This happens when there is serious physical injury or a weapon is used. This is a second-degree felony and can mean anywhere from two to 20 years in prison.
- The third possible charge is continuous violence against the family. This charge happens if you have been accused of two or more domestic assaults over the course of a year. It’s a third-degree felony, and the punishment is between two and 10 years in prison.
Any time you are accused and charged with a violent crime, it’s time to speak with an established Texas criminal defense attorney.
Don’t Let Your Biggest Mistake Be Representing Yourself
When you are accused of domestic violence, you need an attorney who truly understands what is at stake. Many attorneys will take the first plea offer that comes by. While a plea is sometimes in your best interest, there are cases where the evidence to convict just isn’t there. In these instances, I am not afraid to go to trial to fight for you. You need to fully understand your options and the ramifications of a plea or conviction.
Let’s work together to ensure your freedom and future are protected. Call 214-646-1557 or reach me via my website contact email. Free consultations. Se habla español. I have two office locations to serve you: Dallas and Allen.