What Is Considered Domestic Violence in Texas?

Any unwanted touching that causes or threatens to cause an injury to a spouse or member of a household could be considered domestic violence in Texas. However, it can be charged in several different ways with varying consequences. If you face a domestic violence charge, it is important to speak with a Dallas criminal defense lawyer who can guide you through the process.

Texas statutes defining domestic violence

Under Texas assault laws, a criminal assault includes any intentional, knowing, or reckless bodily injury, threat of bodily injury, or intentional or knowing offensive or provocative physical contact toward another person. The statute specifically defines this to include one’s spouse. Repeated offenses, using a weapon, or using one’s public position to commit an assault can be charged as more serious offenses.

Additionally, the Texas Family Code defines “family violence,” which includes assault as defined above when it is against a member of a family or household or toward a child of the family or household. It also includes dating violence. However, actions taken in self-defense do not constitute family violence.

Consequences of a domestic violence conviction

A domestic violence conviction can impact every aspect of your life, from your reputation to your finances to your freedom. Do not take chances with such serious long-term consequences at stake; speak with a Plano domestic violence lawyer at Peveto Law who can put you in the best position to mount a successful defense against any criminal charges. Call 24/7 for a free consultation.