What to Know About Domestic Violence Offenses in Texas


Domestic violence offenses are serious. If you were charged with one, do not wait to reach out to our skilled Houston criminal defense attorneys today.

How is domestic violence defined in Texas?

The state of Texas defines domestic violence as an act by a member of a family or household against another member of the family or household that;

  • is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault or sexual assault; or
  • that is a threat that reasonably places the member in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault, but does not include defensive measures to protect oneself;

If you are charged with domestic violence in Texas, you can expect severe consequences. This charge can range from a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to a year in prison to a first-degree felony with a penalty between 5 and 99 years in prison. Some common keywords with definitions that are typically used when discussing domestic violence issues include:

  • Family: this includes individuals related by blood or through marriage, individuals who are former spouses of each other, individuals who are parents of the same child, without regard to marriage, and a foster child and foster parent, without respect to whether those individuals live together.
  • Household: This is defined as a unit made up of people living in the same dwelling, without regard to whether they are related to one another.
  • Member of a Household: This includes someone who previously lived in a household.

If you would like to learn more about domestic violence offenses in Texas, do not wait to reach out to our Houston criminal defense attorneys today.

What are the different types of domestic violence offenses in Texas?

Some crimes are may be considered domestic violence offenses because of the victims involved or the place in which the incidents took place. Some of the most typical instances of domestic violence offenses that people are charged with include:

  • Child abuse;
  • Kidnapping;
  • Continuous violence against the family;
  • Domestic Assault;
  • Assault with Strangulation;
  • Stalking;
  • Protective order hearings; and
  • Violation of protective order

Do not wait to reach out to our skilled Texas criminal defense attorneys today. Our dedicated legal team understands the hardships you may be facing with a domestic violence charge on your record. Contact us today.


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