Domestic Violence Defense Attorney in San Antonio, TX
Domestic violence is the accusation that you have committed an act of violence against a loved one, a family member, a member of your household, a significant other, or your spouse. Most people believe that domestic violence is limited to dating relationships or spouses. However, the legal definition of domestic violence is much broader than that, and when you are accused of this kind of crime you can face harsh consequences if you don’t hire the right lawyer.
Really, it would be better defined as relationship violence than domestic violence as all domestic violence cases require some kind of on-going relationship, and do not necessarily require that you live in the same location. If you have been accused of domestic violence it is important to take the accusation seriously.
What Is Domestic Violence in Texas?
Put simply, a person can be accused of domestic violence if someone is accused of an act of violence against a family member, or a member of their household. These acts of violence can include anything between serious bodily harm or, simpler, offensive contact between two people.
No matter what type of domestic assault or violence you or a loved one has been accused of, a San Antonio lawyer from The Locke Law Group can be your advocate.
Why Hire a Lawyer for Domestic Violence Charges?
Some people may be intimidated by fighting these accusations. However, hiring a lawyer helps with that anxiety. When you hire our San Antonio domestic violence attorney, you get a several benefits, including:
- Protection: A lawyer makes sure you get the protection you need from the State. You should never have to accept responsibility for something you didn’t do. We can also help if you need help with a divorce or with issues surrounding child custody.
- Professional preparation: Our domestic violence attorneys in San Antonio, TX have the professional experience and knowledge necessary to prepare you and your case for court. An attorney from The Locke Law Group can make sure you get the results you need.
- Further help: If the offense leads to divorce or child custody needs, we can help. We will make sure you get treated fairly and have a fair property division and access to your children.
Don’t try to deal with accusations of domestic violence alone; we can help. Dealing with accusations alone can actually increase the chances of getting your loved one a conviction.
What are the Consequences of a Domestic Violence Accusation?
Most people who are accused of domestic violence have no criminal record. Our number one priority is to get your case dismissed or resolved in a way that lets you get a clean record as soon as possible. These cases can range from misdemeanors to felonies. The Bexar County District Attorney’s Office is taking these cases more and more seriously are aggressively prosecuting those accused.
If you are convicted of a domestic violence accusation you could be put on deferred adjudication, community supervision or put in jail (or prison if it is a felony). Also, if you are accused of another DV offense that second accusation can be a felony. We will make every effort to get your case dismissed or resolved in a way that allows you to get your case expunged so that you can move on with a clean criminal record.
Texas Domestic Violence Penalties
In Texas, domestic violence is considered a Class A misdemeanor. If you are convicted, you could face the following:
- maximum of 1 year in jail
- a fine of up to $4,000
If the victim was a pregnant woman and the assault caused her to lose her unborn child, then you could face a third-degree felony and the following:
- up to 10 years in prison
- a fine of up to $10,000
What If I Am the Victim of Domestic Violence?
If the State is saying you are a victim and you do not want to press charges, we can help you get the charges against your loved one dismissed. Usually, detectives and prosecutors will tell you that dismissing the case is not up to you but up to the State. They tell you this to persuade you to cooperate. Remember, the State wants the accused to give up and believe that there is no hope. While it is true that only the State can dismiss criminal accusations, your attorneys can use your statement to help convince the State to dismiss the case against your loved one.
If you are a victim and you want to press charges our San Antonio domestic violence attorneys in our Family Law section can help you with a divorce. We can also obtain a temporary restraining order and attempt to protect you through the civil legal system during the divorce process.
Why Hire The Locke Law Group?
We are a client-centered law firm. Domestic violence accusations have the potential to destroy your life. Not only can you get a criminal record that will stay with you for the rest of your life, it can also destroy your family. In Bexar County, the District Attorney’s Office will subpoena spouses to testify against their spouse and children to testify against their parents and parents to testify against their children. At The Locke Law Group, we understand how to fight and win these allegations. We will aggressively defend you against these life-changing allegations. Our legal professionals put all of our efforts into helping you find the relief you need. Shannon W. Locke is board-certified in criminal defense and has years of experience in family law.
If you need a domestic violence lawyer in San Antonio, TX, give us a call for a free consultation at (210) 898-8506.