In Texas, domestic incidents happen frequently and are the source of myriad problems for the alleged perpetrator and the family. While these cases are complicated and unfortunate, simply because there was an arrest does not mean that the situation will result in criminal penalties. Naturally, it is imperative for families who might have been impacted by these issues to be made to feel safe. At the same time, the person who is facing charges must be cognizant of how to craft a viable defense. There are often options to avoid the harshest penalties and it is wise to explore them.
Man faces multiple charges after domestic incident with gun
A mid-afternoon incident between a man, 28, and his family led to his arrest. Law enforcement was called at about 3:30 p.m. after reports of a domestic dispute. They man had issued a threat against his wife with a gun. There were four small children at the residence including one who needs a ventilator to breathe. A nurse caring for the child was also present. After officers arrived, they surrounded the home, trying to contact the man. When that was unsuccessful, the SWAT team arrived. Early the next morning before 7 a.m., the man came out of the residence and was placed under arrest. He faces several charges related to family violence and assault.
Understanding different types of domestic assault charges and potential penalties
Domestic abuse cases have different categories and possible consequences based on the circumstances. If it is domestic assault, it means that there was bodily injury or a threat of violence. It may be a felony or a misdemeanor. Aggravated domestic assault includes a weapon being used – as was the situation in this case. When there is a cycle of violence and it happens at least twice within a year, it is a felony. The details of the arrest are fundamental to the defense strategy. For example, if it is an isolated incident, the way the case is handled will differ than if it is a repeated occurrence.
Having a strong defense can address these issues
Those who are arrested for domestic violence should know there are ways to reach a positive outcome. Perhaps the dispute was on both sides. There could be an opening for treatment to be provided in lieu of punishment. A plea bargain might be possible. Or there could even be an acquittal. Given the negative connotations from a domestic violence charge and how it can hinder a person legally, personally and professionally, it is crucial to prepare a defense immediately. Having experienced advice can help from the beginning.