Plano Domestic Violence Lawyer
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Texas recognizes three different crimes of domestic violence – domestic assault, aggravated domestic assault, and continuous violence against the family are all considered forms of domestic violence. If you’ve been arrested or are being investigated for a domestic violence crime, your charges can result in serious consequences. When your liberties are hanging in the balance, your choice in representation can mean the difference between securing a favorable outcome and facing possible jail time.
At Peveto Law, we are proud to defend your constitutional rights. Those who hire our legal services will see firsthand that our legal team goes above and beyond to ensure that they are receiving the best possible defense. Attorney Andrew Peveto has local experience and a proven reputation for obtaining successful results on behalf of clients facing a wide range of criminal allegations.
Don’t face these charges alone. Call Peveto Law at 972-339-8033 to begin discussing your legal options.
The Consequences of Domestic Violence Charges
Domestic violence is an act of violence that is committed against a family member, household member, or someone the offender is either currently dating or dated in the past. The state of Texas charges domestic violence as a Class A misdemeanor if the person in question has no prior record. If the offender has any past domestic assault convictions, however, domestic violence can be charged as a third degree felony.
A domestic violence conviction can result in the following penalties:
- Class A misdemeanor: Up to 1 year in jail and/or $4,000 in fines
- 3rd degree felony: 2-10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines
- 2nd degree felony: 2-20 years in prison and $10,000 in fines
- 1st degree felony: 5-99 years in prison and $10,000 in fines
The Dedicated Approach You Need
Over the past ten years, Attorney Peveto has worked for the Federal District Court of Appeals, honed his skills working under Texas Super Lawyer Richard Harrison, and was accepted into MENSA – the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. As a Plano criminal defense lawyer, Attorney Peveto understands that there are few things more frightening than being arrested and charged with a crime. Take the first step in building the defense you need with Peveto Law on your side.
Family Domestic Violence
The ramifications of family domestic violence charges in Texas are far-reaching. Andrew Peveto appreciates the gravity of the situation and leverages the experience and resources protect your rights and freedom.
Texas laws on family domestic violence
Texas statutes (FAM § 71.004) define Family Violence as follows:
“an act by a member of a family or household against another member of the family or household that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault or that is a threat that reasonably places the member in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault.”
Senate Bill 68 amended the Texas Family Code to include “Dating Violence.” This would apply to individuals currently or previously in an intimate or romantic relationship.
Members of family or a household can include:
- Blood relatives
- Spouses or former spouses
- Biological, adopted and foster children
- Parents and foster parents
- Co-habitants or former members of the same household
- Partners that have an intimate or romantic relationship
There are over 150 organizations in Texas that provide domestic violence help for victims. While abusive or threatening behavior against a family member merits harsh punishment, there are some who are falsely accused of domestic violence in Texas.
Andrew Peveto recognizes the delicacy of family violence defense cases. Regardless of the alleged wrongdoing, he works diligently to obtain the most successful outcome possible for clients.
Examples of domestic violence
Nearly 31 percent of Texans have experienced some form of domestic violence from their partners, reports a study by the Institute of Domestic and Sexual Assault. The majority of family violence reports are between married couples, but Texas law realizes that domestic violence is not limited to genetics or spousal status.
If you intentionally, knowingly or recklessly cause bodily harm or threaten another with bodily injury you can be charged with domestic violence in Texas. If you commit an act that another would find “provocative or offensive” you can be charged with domestic violence.
- Physical abuse such as slapping, shoving, hitting, punching or other actions that inflict bodily harm
- Sexually abusive behavior
- Spousal rape
- Emotional abuse
- Financial abuse
- Destruction of property
- Use of a deadly weapon
- Unlawful confinement
- Threatening someone with physical violence
Texas family violence defense attorney
Under certain circumstances family domestic violence can be a felony offense in Texas. A felony conviction can result in years of incarceration, and if you are in a contested divorce, it could also cost you custody and visitation rights. Even if you avoid arrest, an arrest warrant in Dallas or elsewhere in North Texas can haunt you for years. When your freedom and family are at stake, it’s imperative to align yourself with a seasoned criminal defense attorney like Andrew Peveto.
We’re ready to hear from you. To schedule your free and confidential consultation, contact our firm today.