Assault Family Violence in Austin Texas
Anyone and everyone can be accused or arrested for DWI. The same goes for domestic violence. People accused of this charge are young, old, male, female, working class, professional, married, single, etc. Some times these charges develop because there are issues managing ones anger. But very frequently, my clients are falsely accused.
Police officers are usually called to a disturbance that they did not witness. What ends up happening is that the police officer hears two-stories, believes one, or none, and arrests someone. Sometimes, the person arrested is in fact the victim and not the aggressor.
And other times it takes nothing more than a mere accusation of physical abuse to cause a criminal case to be filed.
Most often with these cases the victim/family member does not want their spouse/family member or significant other to get in trouble and wishes to “drop” the charges. The problem is, that the alleged victim can’t just drop the charges the way you see on TV.
Once the alleged aggressor is arrested, it is up to the State of Texas, as to whether they wish to proceed with the case. And most of the time, the state wishes to proceed. It does not need or require the alleged victim’s permission to proceed with the case. In fact, the alleged victim can jump and yell and scream that they want the charges dropped, and the State of Texas can and most often does continue with the charges.
The consequences of a family violence arrest in Texas is a maximum jail confinement of up to one year in jail, and a maximum fine of $4,000.00.
If you have been charged with domestic or family violence, you should contact a criminal lawyer as soon as possible. The consequences of a conviction for an assault family violence can haunt you for the rest of your life. If you are convicted, you will have a lifelong criminal record that will make it more difficult for you to get a job. Additionally, if you are ever accused of another family violence crime, then you will be arrested on a felony charge the second time around.