Houston Family Member Assault Attorney
When incidents of violence occur within a family, the emotional consequences are dramatic, long-lasting and expose you to significant jail and/or prison time. When an individual commits an assault of a family member, they can be prosecuted in several ways. Assault can mean various things and does not necessarily mean a violent, physical attack, that involves injuries that require medical treatment. If the victim feels any type of pain (no matter how minor), the aggressor can be charged with assault in Texas. Pushing, hair pulling, and biting are all considered assault under Texas law.
Possible Penalties for the Assault of a Family Member
The punishments for assault of a family member can be very serious and harsh for the alleged guilty party. The severity of the consequences is based on the nature of the assault, the results of the assault and the alleged guilty party’s previous criminal record. This is especially true if the person who perpetrated the crime has a criminal history that includes previous assault charges, harassment or stalking charges. Some possible penalties for the assault of a family member may include:
- Incarceration: If a person is judged to be directly responsible for an assault on a family member that leads to bodily harm, they could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor and face up to one year in jail. If that person has a previous violent offense conviction on their record, they could be convicted of a third-degree felony with a prison sentence of two to 10 years.
- Fines: For a first-time conviction for domestic violence or family assault, a $4,000 fine may be the result. For someone with a previous assault conviction, they could be penalized with a $10,000 fine for a felony charge.
- Mandated counseling: When a person is convicted of family assault, they could be placed in to community supervision or probation. As part of their probation and supervision requirements, they may receive a court order to attend anger management counseling sessions. These sessions must be completed by a specific date. Refusing to attend therapy or failing to complete the sessions by the scheduled date could result in a probation violation and the issuance of a warrant for the person’s arrest.
A Houston Domestic Assault Lawyer Can Defend You
The assault of a family member is a serious crime with potentially severe consequences. Hiring an experienced family violence attorney is the best way to defend against such charges. The defense lawyer will attempt to prove that there is insufficient evidence for a conviction. Also, the attorney may attempt to secure a plea bargain for lesser penalties.
To learn more information about family violence charges, talk to the Miller Law Group, PLLC at 713-866-6233.