Texas takes the issue of domestic violence seriously, providing a host of penalties when allegations of domestic violence are proven. And while it’s natural to think of domestic violence as a single argument which has gone too far, Texas also has laws on the books for allegations of ongoing assault.
It’s more than just assault
Texas has a few definitions of assault. Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly injuring another person is the most easily understood version of assault, but it’s not the only one. Assault also includes threatening someone with imminent bodily injury and causing bodily contact which someone should reasonably know would be found offensive.
In the context of domestic assault, it’s all about the relationship between the parties involved. Domestic assault can be committed against immediate family members but it’s not limited to those relationships. It also includes members of a household, even if there’s no relation between the parties.
Continuous violence against the family
Texas Penal Code Section 25.11 deals with situations which include multiple allegations of domestic assault. It requires two or more instances of domestic assault within a 12-month period. The instances do not have to be against the same person; for example, one allegation could be of striking one person and the second could be of making threats of violence to another, six months later.
Continuous violence against the family is considered a felony of the third degree and can result in a prison sentence. Such an allegation should not be taken lightly. If you’ve been accused of domestic violence, seek the assistance of a professional who is experienced in Texas criminal law. They can help you navigate what is sure to be a difficult time.