There are hundreds of thousands of incidents of family violence in Texas every year, and the law takes these charges very seriously. If you find yourself arrested on charges of domestic violence, you will wonder how to protect yourself and your freedom.
1. Try to remain calm during the arrest
It is natural to panic when the police knock on the door. However, that panic could make your situation worse. Thousands of reports of domestic violence every year end with an officer assault, and fighting the officers can compound your legal issues.
2. The exact charges you face could vary
Family violence charges can range from misdemeanors to felonies in Texas. The exact charges you face can vary depending on a variety of factors, including:
- Whether you intended to cause harm or that harm was an accident
- Whether you have prior charges of family violence on your record
- Whether the accusations include strangulation
- Whether the allegations include use of a weapon
Your defense could depend on these specific details of your case.
3. While these are serious charges, you can defend yourself
While domestic assault charges are serious charges and have strict penalties for those found guilty, you can still build a defense that protects your rights. Your defense strategy will depend on the specific details of your case. Your attorney could argue that the allegations against you are false, that you acted in self-defense or that you acted with the other person’s consent. If the evidence isn’t enough to prove the accusations or if errors or misconduct occurred during the investigation or arrest process, the prosecution could drop the charges against you.
The law protects both victims of assault and the accused, and you have the right to defend yourself. Being charged with a crime does not mean that you are guilty of it, that’s why a strong legal defense is critical to protect your future.