If you are or have been the victim of domestic violence, contact your local police department to seek potential criminal charges.
At the same time, I strongly encourage you to explore your other legal options provided to victims under Texas law. Texas Family Courts are equipped to provide victims with temporary restraining orders, temporary emergency protective orders, or permanent protective orders. Those orders can include requirements of no contact between the parties, they can protect your personal information from being disclosed, they can prohibit the abuser from owning a firearm, and they may name your children as persons protected by the orders – even if they have not been directly harmed or assaulted. Violation of any of these orders will be met with profoundly serious consequences, including potential incarceration.
The laws defining domestic violence are very specific and carefully considered by the judges in each case. The Texas Family Code states that family violence can occur between married couples, other blood relatives, and persons deemed to be involved in an intimate or dating relationship.
You need an attorney that knows every detail of those laws, and who will fight zealously for your safety and protection.
Whether you are a victim or have been accused of domestic violence, contact my office immediately to discuss how best to protect yourself.