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Domestic violence charges in Texas can destroy a person's life overnight. If you were accused of having committed this crime, it is crucial that you get started on building a strong defense as soon as possible. The Amarillo domestic violence attorney at The Law Offices of D. Chris Hesse can help.

As a Certified ACS Forensic Lawyer-Scientist, he can investigate your case and help you get the best possible outcome for your situation.

Tens of thousands of Texas domestic violence cases are filed each year. While family violence is the most common, these charges can be filed when violence occurs against dating partners and housemates. On top of that, you could be arrested for making someone fear for their safety, whether or not you actually cause them harm.


Schedule a free case evaluation with our Amarillo domestic violence attorney by calling (806) 350-6785 or contacting our firm online.


Defining Domestic Violence in Texas

Under Texas law, three types of domestic violence are recognized. The three types include continuous violence against the family, domestic assault and aggravated domestic assault. Domestic violence in Texas is any act of violence that is committed against a household member, family member or:

  • A person that lives with the offender
  • A former or current spouse or their child
  • A foster child or foster parent
  • A person that the offender has or has had an ongoing relationship with
  • A family member by adoption, blood or marriage
  • A person that the offender has had children with

Penalties for Domestic Violence in Texas

If you are charged with domestic violence, you can face the following penalties:

  • First Degree Felony - $10,000 fine and 5 to 99 years in prison
  • Second Degree Felony - $10,000 fine and 2 to 20 years in prison
  • Third Degree Felony - $10,000 fine and 2 to 10 years in prison
  • Class A misdemeanor - $4,000 fine or one year in jail or both

What Happens After Family Violence Charges Are Filed?

Unlike other criminal offenses, domestic violence can put someone under arrest for mere allegations. The next step is usually filing a protective order against the accused, putting them out of their home and out of contact with their loved ones.

If convicted of family violence in Texas, you could face:

  • Misdemeanor sentencing that puts you in jail for up to a year
  • Felony sentencing that could put you in prison for 20-99 years in prison
  • Fines of up to $10,000
  • Requirement to surrender firearms
  • Difficulty finding employment and housing

How an Attorney Can Help

There are many reasons why you could have been charged with domestic violence in Texas, and not all of them are because a crime actually took place. At The Law Offices of D. Chris Hesse, we understand the difficulty of your situation and provide counsel about how to make the best use of your legal options. With us on your side, you can feel confident and hopeful about the challenges ahead.


Facing charges for domestic violence in Texas? Call (806) 350-6785 now to get started on your free case evaluation.


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