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Facing Domestic Violence Charges?
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Austin Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys

Assault & Family Violence

Domestic violence or family violence is one of the most serious misdemeanor offenses you can face in Texas. If you are convicted, it can affect not only your professional and personal reputation, but your relationship with your family and loved ones. Additionally, domestic violence charges are often coupled with restraining orders, protective orders, or orders to move out of your home. These orders restrict your freedoms as an individual and family member. Most criminal charges are financially taxing, but a domestic violence charge can be emotionally stressful as well.

If you are charged with a domestic violence or family violence assault, contact an attorney immediately. Do not speak to the police, the complaining witness, or anyone other than your attorney. Any statement you make may be used against you.

Central Texas Domestic Violence Lawyer

The State of Texas aggressively prosecutes cases when there is an alleged victim. This is why you need to mount an aggressive defense. The State of Texas is working against you. You need someone working for you. The lawyers at Smith & Vinson Law Firm will work for you. We represent clients accused of domestic violence assault in Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Leander, Taylor, Hutto and around the Central Texas area. Contact us now for a free consultation at (512) 359-3743.

There are three different types of domestic violence charges in Texas: domestic assault, aggravated domestic assault, and continuous violence against the family.

Domestic/Family Violence Assault

A domestic/family violence assault occurs when the assailant:

  • intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another person
  • intentionally or knowingly threatens another person with imminent bodily injury; or
  • intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another that the offender knows or reasonably should know the complainant will find provocative or offensive.

Additionally, both the complainant and the assailant must be a member of the same family or household. Current dating partners are considered “family members,” even if you do not live together. If this is your first offense, domestic assault is a Class A Misdemeanor. If you have any prior domestic violence convictions, including a Class C Misdemeanor conviction, a future domestic violence charge can be elevated to a third-degree felony.

Aggravated Domestic Assault

An aggravated domestic assault occurs when a domestic assault either causes serious bodily injury or is committed using a deadly weapon. As with domestic assault, both the assailant and the complainant must be members of the same family or household or be romantic partners. An aggravated domestic assault is a second-degree felony unless it both causes serious bodily injury and is committed with a deadly weapon. In that case, it is a first-degree felony.

Continuous Violence Against the Family

Once you have committed two domestic violence crimes, the third one can be charged as continuous violence against family. You can be charged with this crime even if you have not been arrested or convicted of the other two crimes and even if the complaining witnesses are different people. This is a third-degree felony.

Defenses

Fighting a domestic violence charge is similar to fighting an assault charge. Police will often arrest domestic violence suspects on very little evidence. Even the smallest domestic disturbance can lead to an arrest, especially if the complainant claims to have been physically threatened or harmed. Often, there is very little evidence other than the statement of the complainant who, in many cases, will change his or her story over time. While all the same defenses are available in a domestic violence case as in an assault case, getting the case dismissed is often the better strategy. However, even if the complainant wishes not to press charges or is against prosecution, the State can, and often will continue to prosecute.Because of this, you need a skilled attorney who can tactfully and effectively interview the complainant and any witnesses, gather any evidence, and negotiate with the prosecutor.

If you are facing domestic violence charges, you need help now. Whatever the circumstances are that led to your charge, defense lawyers Jarrod Smith and Brad Vinson are here to listen. Call Smith & Vinson today and let us fight for you.

Contact Our Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers

Contact our office today for a free initial consultation. Our aggressive trial lawyers will help you fight for the best possible resolution in your case.

Call us today at (512) 359-3743.

Smith & Vinson Law Firm serves Austin, Travis County, Williamson County, Hays County, and all of the surrounding areas in Texas.

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    “A civil issue arose in Austin with a family member. We sought the advice of a well named Austin attorney. This unnamed attorney provided egregious legal advice. In court, a lifetime civil injunction was ruled by the judge on this non-criminal civil issue. Once learning of this judgement we immediately started looking for another attorney and found Brad Vinson, with Smith and Vinson. Simply put, Brad had this entire debacle reversed and a new judgement set for what is customarily ruled in similar cases. It didn't take long either. I only wish we had called Brad first. He's a real lawyer!”

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    “Brad is such a joy to work with. I have consulted with Brad on many criminal issues in the past. He dedicates due diligence and passion to every element of each issue. He likes to see that defendants are treated fairly and does everything in his power to arrive at the best possible resolution. Anyone that has Brad on their side can take comfort in knowing that all avenues to good solution will be exhausted.”

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    “Jarrod Smith will commit himself fully to the defense of your case. He is a very compassionate and strong attorney. This coupled with his confidence in the courtroom let you know that you are being represented well by an attorney who cares about your case.”

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    “Jarrod has worked on both sides of the judicial divide, both prosecutor and defender, and is well-positioned to evaluate a client’s chances and recommend what to do about them. I first met when he was Jarrod dedicated and diligent member of South Texas Law Review. He was dedicated because he volunteered as an assistant editor-in-chief. He was diligent because he pitched in during semester breaks. I know Jarrod has the temperament of a great advocate.”

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    “After a referral from another attorney, I'm glad that I choose Jarrod and Brad. They lead me to the process and answered all my questions that I had and navigating through the process. I knew after I first meant them in person I knew they we're going to fight and I got the result that I was happy with at the end. I would recommend if anything ever happens to anyone. Thank you guys for your work!”

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