Domestic Violence & Assault
Domestic Violence allegations in Denton County can have long term and far reaching consequences and have a serious impact on your future. Many of these allegations stem from divorce and child custody disputes and may have devastating consequence on those proceedings if not properly handled by an attorney who specializes in criminal charges. Many prosecutors’ offices have policies in place that require prosecutors to proceed with a case even after the complaining witness has requested dismissal. The only level of injury necessary for the State to pursue an assault allegation is that one party suffered physical pain. There is no requirement of medical care on any observable actual injury.
Once the accused appears in court, a protective order is typically mandated, the violation of which can result in added criminal charges. A protective order may last anywhere from 90 days to 2 years. If the offender is first sentenced to prison or county jail, the order is even in effect for up to another year after he or she is released. A conviction for a violation of the protective order is considered a Class A misdemeanor resulting in a fine of up to $4,000 and up to 1 year in prison. If the offender has 2 or more prior violation convictions, the next carries the severe penalties of a 3rd degree felony with up to 10 years, $10,000 fine, and the possibility of being barred to own a gun for up to 5 years after the sentence ends.
Denton Texas Defense Attorney
At the Law Office of Earl Dobson, we have extensive experience in dealing with assault and domestic violence cases in Denton County. Earl Dobson gives his clients accurate, straightforward advice on what the best plan of action is when evaluating these cases. Domestic violence and assault cases often involve issues of self defense, mutual combat or consent (where both parties are participating voluntarily) and the States inability to prove a case because of witness problems.
Contact the Denton Law Office of Earl Dobson today at the phone number above or fill out the contact form to set up a free initial confidential consultation. You will be able to discuss your options and have your case evaluated by Earl Dobson, a Board Certified Criminal Lawyer. In the consultation we will discuss:
- The level of charges that may be brought
- Possible defenses such as self defense or consent
- Problems the State will face if they proceed to trial
- Likelihood that the case would be dismissed or that a favorable plea agreement could be reached