ASSAULT FAMILY VIOLENCE
If you are charged with an assault, but the “victim” is someone who lives in your house or someone whom you date or have dated in the past, you will likely be charged with assault family violence. This is also known as “dating violence.” The government has to prove your dating or family relationship to the “victim” in addition to that you intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly caused bodily injury to another.
Family violence charges carry extra weight and are usually assigned special prosecutors in Harris County, Fort Bend County, and Montgomery County. Family violence charges come with the added risk of losing your right to own a firearm if there is an “affirmative finding of family violence.” Additionally, if you are convicted of a family violence crime, and the judge makes an affirmative finding of family violence, you next family violence charge will be a felony, no matter how minor the assault allegedly is. In my opinion, you should do what you can to avoid the family violence finding, which means gathering affidavits of non-prosecution, taking anger management classes, and taking cases towards trial. Family violence charges range from misdemeanors to felonies.
Hire an aggressive Texas Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer for your family violence charges.