Texas treats domestic violence as a serious crime, often resulting in jail time, fines, and restraining orders – but not all instances of domestic violence are valid. Sometimes, a domestic partner may allege abuse when none occurred, and you could face serious consequences in the aftermath. If you are facing charges for domestic violence, take the following steps to increase your chances of reaching the best possible outcome.
If police officers arrive at your home and place you under arrest, it is in your best interest to remain calm and to comply with their orders.
Do not resist arrest or try to defend yourself verbally or physically in any way. These actions could lead to additional charges and a poor reflection on your character in the courtroom. In addition, the investigators could use what you say against you in the courtroom.
You have the right to remain silent – exercise this right and do not speak to any police officer or investigator until your attorney is present.
Before you can begin to defend yourself against domestic violence charges, you first need to understand what the state is accusing you of. By understanding your charges, you and your attorney can begin to build a strong defense.
For the state to consider an act of violence to be domestic in nature, the alleged victim must one of the following individuals.
Texas recognizes three different types of domestic violence crimes.
Once you understand your charges and you have complied with the police, you should contact your attorney as soon as you can. Do not speak to any investigators or officers unless your attorney is present. If the officers continue to ask questions, repeat that you want to speak to your attorney until they allow you to contact him or her.
Hiring an attorney for your domestic violence defense case can provide you with a number of benefits, including the following.
If you are facing domestic violence charges in Texas, understanding the process you will have to undergo after the arrest is important in preserving your chances for the best possible outcome. If you have not done so already, contact a defense attorney in Houston as soon as possible. Together, you can discuss your legal options, collect all pieces of relevant evidence, and build a compelling case for your defense in the courtroom.
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