Assault of a Family Member
Assault of a Family Member Defense: Brazoria, Ft. Bend, Galveston, Harris & Montgomery Counties
Being accused with a violent act against a family member can be a very serious charge. Domestic violence charges have been lodged against a variety of defendants with various incomes, educational levels and careers. When a person makes a report that a family member has been violent towards him or her, the accused individual can be:
- Taken into custody
- Charged with a crime
- Restricted from making contact with the accuser
- Subjected to personal and professional ramifications
For these important reasons, it is paramount to retain an experienced assault of a family member lawyer if you are facing charges or an arrest.
Types of Family Assault Cases
Most types of assault of a family member cases are defined under Texas Penal code § 22.01. These crimes require that a person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly:
- Causes bodily injury to another
- Threatens another with imminent bodily injury
- Makes contact with a family member in a way that could reasonably be considered offensive or provocative.
Who is a “Family Member”?
In order for a defendant to be charged with a crime of this nature, the prosecution must demonstrate that the alleged victim is a family member of the defendant. Texas law defines a family member as someone who is related to the defendant by blood or marriage. The definition also incorporates former spouses, foster children, stepchildren and any household members.
Consequences for the Assault of a Family Member
A domestic assault charge can either be a misdemeanor or a felony. A convicted individual can face up to 10 years in prison. He may also face a fine of up to $10,000. If the defendant has a history of domestic violence, he can receive up to twenty years in prison. If the perpetrator used a deadly weapon during the commission of the crime, he can be sentenced to 99 years in prison. A conviction can also lead to the loss of a professional license or job. Similarly, a person who is convicted of family assault may find it difficult to acquire jobs in the future. In addition, a conviction can result in a weakened hand during child custody battles that may eventually arise between parents.
Call a Houston Assault of a Family Member Lawyer Today
Greg Tsioros offers the experience and skill that you need to fight for your freedom. He previously worked for the Harris County district attorney’s office as a prosecutor, so he knows the tactics and strategies that the state will try to use against you. He has also forged professional relationships with prosecutors in the Houston area and will work to negotiate the best outcome for you whenever possible, whether that means getting a plea bargain or mitigated charges. Mr. Tsioros recognizes the importance that this charge has on your life.
Please call the Law Office of Greg Tsioros today at (832) 752-5972 to begin your defense.