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Have you or a loved one been charged with domestic assault, domestic violence, issued a protective order, or charged with any other type of crime related to family violence in Texas?

If so, you can’t afford to take these charges lightly, no matter how untrue or unjustified. Hire a Texas domestic violence lawyer that will aggressively fight for your rights, freedom and good name.

Allegations of family violence need to be vigorously challenged. Our firm will fight your case using proven legal strategies backed by decades of experience and a track record of results.

At Manuel Diaz Law firm we’re here protect your rights, and help you obtain a favorable outcome, from getting charges dropped or reduced, to negotiating a plea or getting you a “not guilty” verdict.

Retain an experienced domestic violence defense lawyer from Manuel Diaz Law Firm. Call or message us today to schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation. Get the help you deserve and an advocate who will be there for you start to finish.

Being Accused Doesn’t Mean You’re Guilty

Every day throughout the great state of Texas individuals just like yourself are falsely accused of a crime they didn’t commit. According to some research, OVER 700,000 individuals are falsely arrested for domestic violence in the United States each year.

Don’t become another statistic of the Texas judicial system, and don’t let the lies or partial truths of another determine your future. 

From false allegations of domestic violence by their spouse or significant other, to those wishing to use allegations of family violence or assault to gain leverage in custody battles, and jealous or angered third parties, these allegations risk the freedom and reputation of those accused.

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The Criminal Justice Process in Texas

Domestic Violence in Texas FAQ

Domestic violence and family violence as it pertains to Texas criminal law often involves terminology or definitions unfamiliar to most.

Family Violence: Also known as domestic violence, dating violence or domestic abuse. Defined as the intentional act or acts by one family member towards or against another family member that results in bodily injury, physical harm, sexual assault or assault.

Under Title 4, Sec. 71.004 of Texas Penal Code, family violence is defined as violence that is:

  • Directed towards a member of the assailant’s household or family;
  • Is a threat rising to the level that elicits a reasonable level of fear of bodily injury, physical harm, sexual assault or assault;
  • Meant to intentionally inflict physical injury or harm;
  • Meant to cause assault or sexual assault; and/or
  • Not an act intended to defend one’s self from harm

Dating Violence: Any intentional acts committed by one person in a relationship towards or directed at person they are currently dating or have previously dated, or whom they have seen romantically, that results in any type of bodily or physical harm. 

Protective Order: Also known as a “restraining order”, this order is issued by the court as a legal protective remedy to prevent harm or violence against the individual filing for the order. Violation of a protective order may result in penalties ranging from a simple misdemeanor to contempt of court or even a felony in some circumstances.

Protective Order Hearing: A hearing, during which the judge will determine if any violence or harm has occurred and the likelihood of it occurring in the future. The judge will review evidence, including but not limited to witness testimonies in order to make a determination.

Family Member: Under Texas law, any person who is blood-related, related by or through marriage, or who is a former spouse. It also includes any parents of the same child, as well as step and foster parents.

Household Member: As it relates to domestic violence and family violence laws in Texas, a household member is defined as any person or persons who currently or previously reside within the same residence, including any roommates who are not part of the “family”. 

Any intentional acts committed by one person in a relationship towards or directed at person they are currently dating or have previously dated, or whom they have seen romantically, that results in any type of bodily or physical harm. 

Also known as a “restraining order”, this order is issued by the court as a legal protective remedy to prevent harm or violence against the individual filing for the order. Violation of a protective order may result in penalties ranging from a simple misdemeanor to contempt of court or even a felony in some circumstances.

A hearing, during which the judge will determine if any violence or harm has occurred and the likelihood of it occurring in the future. The judge will review evidence, including but not limited to witness testimonies in order to make a determination.

Both family and domestic violence charges in Texas carry with them steep penalties ranging from fines to imprisonment. This makes having the right criminal defense attorney paramount for those facing charges.

Charges filed may range from a Class C misdemeanor up to a 1st degree felony, necessitating a strong, well-planned and executed criminal defense strategy.

Overall, when one considers collateral consequences, the government treats the assault of a family member as a more serious crime than the assault of a stranger. It isn’t uncommon for Travis County judges to issue emergency protective orders (EPOs) in family violence cases that forbid defendants from returning to their homes and sometimes even prevents them from seeing their children. If children were present at the time of the incident then Texas CPS (Child Protective Services) may also investigate. In divorce court, a family violence conviction can be used to deny child custody and limit visitation rights. A family violence conviction can also cause you to permanently lose for any reason. If you are in the military, you may be discharged; if you work in law enforcement, you may be reassigned or fired. A family violence conviction could cost you a professional license or, if you are a skilled tradesman, make it impossible for you to be bonded. It will appear in your criminal record and will show up in pre-employment and pre-leasing background checks. Non-citizens convicted of family violence may be denied a green card or deported and denied re-entry. If you are convicted of even the lowest level of family violence assault, any future misdemeanor family violence or stalking charges may be prosecuted and punished as third degree felonies and you are permanently disqualified for an order of non-disclosure if you successfully complete deferred adjudication probation for any type of offense in the future.

Texas law allows prosecutors to seek a “family violence” conviction even when the defendant and alleged victim are not what one might ordinarily consider family. In addition to blood relatives, a family violence allegation can be made against a foster child or parent, former spouse, domestic partner, roommate, boyfriend, girlfriend, and even a former boyfriend or girlfriend. Depending on the relationship, the term “dating violence” is sometimes used in place of “family violence.”

Why Choose Manuel Diaz Law Firm?

Award-Winning Attorneys

We strive to provide excellent legal representation for all of our clients in and out of court. When you hire our firm, you are hiring a team of experts with over 200 years of combined experience and over 5,000 cases with favorable results for our clients. When it comes to legal representation do not settle for less, for some matters it may be one of the most important decisions in life.

Respectful and Timely Communication

Excellent communication with clients is a priority for us. We have strict communication policies like 24/7 phone service, next day returned phone calls and immediate action in your case. When you work with us, you’ll never be surprised or uninformed. We’ll make sure you know what the next steps are, next court dates, what to expect, and what you can do to help things move along smoothly.

Care, Compassion, and Empathy

When you work with Manuel Diaz Law Firm, you’re not just another number in the books, you’re a respected and loved member of our extended family. We know firsthand how difficult dealing with legal matters can be, especially when they involve criminal charges. Our team acts as an extended support system, ensuring you are adequately prepared to move on with life and prepare for potential outcomes.

Case Strategies Custom-Fit to Your Situation

We understand that every case is unique, so we don’t use one-size-fits-all legal strategies with our clients. Instead, we believe you deserve the highest level of personal service. We’ll listen carefully to your story. We’ll build an argument around your specific circumstances, supplemented by solid evidence and investigations. Our goal is always to provide a satisfactory conclusion to your case, and that requires an individualized approach.

Our Service Areas

We proudly serve the greater communities of Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio

Texas Domestic Violence Lawyers - Get the Justice You Deserve

We believe our clients deserve the best, and have dedicated our law firm to providing clients with exceptional representation, unmatched service, aggressive defenses and unwavering advocacy for their rights and freedom.

We know that facing criminal charges can be an emotionally draining and difficult time in your life. Let us take up the torch and fight vigorously on your behalf.

Call or message today and get connected with a criminal defense attorney who cares and is ready to go to war on your behalf.

Initial consultations are always free, and our friendly receptionists are standing by ready and eager to learn more about how we can help.

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