Family Domestic Violence

Being charged or convicted of family domestic violence can derail your career, your reputation and your relationships with loved ones for years to come. Even misdemeanor charges can interfere with certain employment opportunities.

The Peveto Law office understands what it’s like for those accused of physical or verbal assault on a family member in Dallas and Collin County, Texas. When you are facing possible jail time, steep fines and a criminal record, you need and experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. Attorney Andrew Peveto has considerable expertise handling domestic violence cases. Over the past decade, he has achieved dismissals, reduced charges and favorable outcomes for numerous clients charged with assault, bodily injury and other offenses.

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.

Examples include:

  • Physical abuse such as slapping, shoving, hitting, punching or other actions that inflict bodily harm
  • Sexually abusive behavior
  • Spousal rape
  • Emotional abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Stalking
  • Destruction of property
  • Use of a deadly weapon
  • Unlawful confinement
  • Threatening someone with physical violence

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.

Punishments for domestic violence in Texas

The state of Texas does not tolerate violence against family and household members. Domestic violence offenses can be classified as a misdemeanor or felony, punishable by:

  • 12-month jail sentence and/or fine of up to $4,000 for a Class A Misdemeanor
  • Two to 10-year prison sentence and a fine of up to $10,000 for a third-degree felony
  • Two to 20-year prison sentence plus a maximum $10,000 fine for a second-degree felony
  • Five to 99-year prison sentence and a $10,000 maximum fine for a first-degree felony

If you stand accused of domestic violence in Texas, you can expect aggressive prosecution, even in situations where the assumed victim wants to drop the charges. Domestic violence defense attorney Andrew Peveto will carefully review the facts of your case and devise the most effective strategies for quick and favorable resolution. Don’t jeopardize your constitutional rights – get the best legal defense in Collin County, TX.

Texas family violence defense attorney

Andrew Peveto is renowned in Texas for his results-driven advocacy in criminal defense cases. Domestic violence charges are serious matters that can undermine the very foundation of your life. Safeguard your rights by reaching out to Peveto Law for a free and confidential consultation. Our primary goal is to ensure your charges are eliminated or reduced as we vigorously defend your rights.

Additional Resources:

  1. Texas Department of Public Safety, Family Violence
  2. org, Texas Domestic Violence Help, Programs and Statistics
  3. Texas Judicial Branch, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN TEXAS