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Is Domestic Violence a Felony in Texas

Is Domestic Violence a Felony in Texas?

Attorney Marsh

Background and History of Domestic Violence Law in Texas In the past 5-10 years in Texas, the number domestic violence charges have rapidly increased. Domestic violence has caught national attention and the attention of the Texas Legislature. I think there is an unspoken rule that if there is a call to police for domestic violence, then someone is going to jail. However, depending on the facts of your case, you may have options available to you for your defense. 3 Most Common Levels of Domestic Violence  There are three levels of domestic violence in Texas. These are assault by threat…

Justice of the Peace Court in Texas

Justice of the Peace Court in Texas

When it comes to criminal cases, your case may be assigned to a Justice of the Peace Court, Municipal Court, County Court, or District Court. A Justice of the Peace Court in Texas and a Municipal Court for example (City of Austin, City of Round Rock, City of Georgetown) handle the same level of criminal charges. The level of criminal charges are Class C misdemeanors and they are the lowest level criminal charge in Texas. Justice of the Peace Court in Texas In Texas, the counties are broken up into sections. These sections are called Precincts. The Justice of the…

Williamson County Courthouse

The Williamson County Courthouse Pt 1

As time goes on, it seems like Williamson County, Texas has an ever growing reputation. I’ve heard many of my clients joke “come on vacation, leave on probation.” While that may be true for some, it depends on what time activities you’re getting involved in on the weekends. Let’s be blunt, no one likes crime in their community. If you’ve been arrested, and taken to the Wilco Jail, you’re eventually going to end up at the the Williamson County Courthouse. Not only that but, if you have a Will to probate, a family law issue, or other legal problem, in…

What is Assault Causes Bodily Injury in Texas

What is Assault Causes Bodily Injury in Texas?

Simply put, assault causes bodily injury is any unwanted contact between two people. In my experience, assault cases almost always happen because of drugs and/or alcohol. It doesn’t matter whether or not there was a visible mark or injury. This applies to bar fights, grabbing someone else with your hand, punching, kicking, slapping etc…. In the State’s case against you, they don’t need to show bruising, bit marks, blood, cuts, or other physical injuries. A punch to the stomach wouldn’t show a bruise, would it? How did I get charged with Assault Causes Bodily Injury in Texas? If you made…

Assault Family Violence in Texas

Can You Drop Domestic Violence Charges in Texas?

Attorney Marsh

This is a questions I’ve been asked over and over again by clients. Sometimes it’s their first domestic violence charge, other times it might be their second or third. Under Texas law, Domestic Violence crimes are formally called – Assault Family Violence. For short, the legal world calls it AFV. In the past few legislative sessions, there has been more of a focus on domestic violence and the problems it causes in society. If there is a physical injury, you may see it called “Assault Causes Bodily Injury Family Violence.” What does family violence mean in Texas? Family violence in…