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Family Violence Defense Attorneys in Austin

Understanding Texas Family Violence Laws

In Texas, family violence is any action that causes or threatens to cause bodily harm to any person who shares a household or familial relation with the defendant. This can include a spouse, partner, parent, child, relative, or roommate. By law, family violence is punishable by fines, incarceration, probation, and other penalties. However, the effects of a conviction go beyond criminal penalties; you could be facing serious, life-altering personal consequences as well. These types of allegations can threaten your reputation, your career, and your ability to see and interact with your children.

If you have been accused or charged with family violence, it is crucial that you contact an experienced family violence defense attorney in Austin as soon as possible. At Austin Defense Team, we can help you understand your legal options and take action to protect your rights.

Call (512) 399-3221 or fill out a contact form to request a free, confidential consultation with our team today.

How Are Family Violence & Domestic Violence Different?

Family violence and domestic violence are essentially the same. "Domestic violence" is most commonly used to refer to violent acts between two adults in a marriage or relationship, whereas "family violence" can refer to any violent act that takes place between two people who are related or live together. Prosecutors in family violence cases will sometimes attempt to add an “affirmative finding of family violence,” which can have serious, long-lasting consequences.

If the prosecution successfully secures an affirmative finding, you could lose the following rights:

  • The right to be named a managing conservator (primary custodian) of a child
  • The right to adopt a child
  • The right to own, possess, or transport a firearm/ammunition

Like domestic violence, family violence includes any physical act that causes bodily harm, verbal and non-verbal threats to cause bodily harm, and/or sexual assault/violence. Assault can include any offensive or unwanted touching.

Penalties for Family Violence in Texas

In addition to an affirmative finding of family violence and its corresponding consequences, family violence charges carry serious penalties. The penalties in a given case depend on a variety of factors, including the relationships between the individuals involved, whether the defendant has been convicted of family or domestic violence in the past, the nature of the alleged violence, whether or not a weapon was allegedly used, and more.

Penalties for family and domestic violence in Texas include:

  • Up to 1 year in jail for a Class C misdemeanor
  • 5 to 99 years in prison for a first-degree felony
  • Fines up to $10,000

At Austin Defense Team, we explore all possible avenues when building your defense. Our goal is to help you avoid the harsh penalties a conviction can bring, and we utilize our in-depth legal knowledge and years of trial experience to aggressively advocate for you.

If you need a family violence defense attorney in Austin or nearby, call Austin Defense Team at (512) 399-3221 or contact us online and request your free consultation.

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What Sets Our Firm Apart?
  • Client's Have Access to
    a Team of Attorneys.

    With other firms, you'll deal with just one attorney. With us, you'll have multiple attorneys looking at your case from different angles.

  • Experience on Both Sides
    of the Courtroom

    Attorneys Bowling and Thomas are former police officers which give them unique insights that other attorneys don't have.

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    Our goal is to make a very difficult situation easier, not harder. That's why we offer 24/7 availability and free consultations.

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    You can rest assured in knowing that our team will work tirelessly to investigate every detail of your case in order to seek the best possible outcome.