Fort Worth Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys
Aggressive Defense in Arlington & Tarrant County
The social stigma of a domestic violence conviction is nearly as debilitating as its criminal consequences. Your reputation, your job, and your living situation may all be at risk. By working with a team of attorneys focused on keeping any family violence off your criminal record, you can protect your good name and reputation while avoiding the devastating consequences of a criminal conviction.
At Goza & Carreras, Attorneys at Law, our Fort Worth domestic violence defense lawyers have extensive experience representing individuals facing these kinds of charges. Whether you are a professional seeking to keep your record and reputation clean, or you are a partner currently going through divorce, turn to us. We dedicate our efforts to defending your rights and protecting your record throughout the process.
Texas Domestic Assault Laws
Domestic assault law differs from Texas’ simple assault law in only one way—domestic assault involves family violence for those who are close with the alleged assailant.
This crime involves physical, sexual, or psychological violence or abuse against a/an:
- Intimate partner
- Roommate or cohabitant
Another special circumstance surrounding domestic violence charges is that a police officer can arrest someone without having witnessed any part of the incident. This raises questions of whether the arrest involved the perpetrator or the victim, or whether any type of assault (either actual injury or threat of imminent injury) took place.
We Offer Aggressive Defense against All Domestic Violence Charges
The state of Texas maintains strict domestic violence laws, with multiple levels of charges levied against those accused of harming a relative or household member.
We represent clients charged with all types of domestic violence offenses, including:
- Domestic assault: Individuals who commit physical violence or make threats of physical violence against a family member or household member may be charged with domestic assault. For individuals without a prior history of related charges, domestic assault is classified as a misdemeanor. If a history of domestic violence exists, domestic assault may be classified as a felony offense.
- Aggravated domestic assault: Individuals who cause serious physical violence or commit violence or make threats of violence involving a deadly weapon may be charged with aggravated domestic assault. Aggravated domestic assault is classified as a first- or second-degree felony in the state of Texas.
- Continuous violence against the family: Individuals who commit multiple domestic assaults in a 12-month period may face additional charges of continuous violence against the family. A third-degree felony, continuous violence against the family carries stiff penalties in addition to those stemming from the underlying domestic assault charges.
Domestic Violence Diversion Program
This pre-trial diversion program allows certain defendants the opportunity to avoid the traditional court process and instead participate in a non-adversarial probation process that provides tools to use to avoid future instances of violence. If you are successful in meeting the terms of your probation, the prosecution will drop its charges against you and your record will remain clean.
Protect Your Record & Reputation
To learn if you are eligible for Tarrant County’s pre-trial diversion program, or to determine which defense strategies may be available to you in defeating the prosecution’s case against you, contact us today. We offer free in-office consultations.
For more information, call us at (817) 402-2188.