What Happens If I’m Convicted of Domestic Abuse?
When prosecutors prepare their document charging a person with assault, they usually prepare it to reflect that the assault was against a family member. If you plead guilty, without any changes to the charge, you are admitting to everything, including family violence. A guilty plea to charges of family violence is not the only way the prosecutor can prove a domestic assault case. The State can also prove it by producing evidence of prior assaults that were never prosecuted. The consequence of conviction for this charge can be severe.
Texas Assault Laws
A misdemeanor assault conviction can result in up to one year in jail and a $4,000. fine. Probation may be available but unlike probation in some other criminal cases, information on a domestic violence charge is always available to the public. It is not kept private. As a consequence of conviction for family violence, your arrest, plea or conviction will be on your criminal record for the rest of your life.
- That can affect your ability to find future employment.
- It can stand in the way of obtaining security clearance or getting a professional license.
- If you were trying to rent an apartment, your prospective landlord will see the assault charge.
- It can prevent you from buying a handgun or hunting rifle.
Get Prompt, Aggressive Legal Help for Any Family Violence Charge
Our founding lawyer can help you understand the difference between a misdemeanor or felony assault charge, and the potential consequences of a guilty plea or conviction. It is important that an accused understand the damage that an affirmative finding of family violence can have on his future. With an experienced and zealous defense, we may be able to get the charged reduced or dropped.
Consequences of a Felony Charge
If you are facing a felony assault charge, you could be facing prison time. Even if you are not incarcerated, you will face stiff discrimination in employment as many employers are fearful of hiring someone with a felony assault record. Your civil rights will also be affected.
The effects of a guilty plea or conviction are especially bad for immigrants. A family assault can now be considered a third-degree felony if you pled guilty to or have been convicted of any other “violent” crime involving a family member. This is true even if you were given probation. An accused who is not a citizen, even those who are permenant residents, may find a conviction or deferred adjudication on a misdemeanor used to justify a government petition to remove the accused from the United States.
Consequence of Conviction for Family Violence
Help for the Accused
If you are facing domestic violence charges you should understand the wide range of negative effects a conviction for family violence may have. The specific charges against you can range from a misdemeanor to a felony and can result in jail time, a prison sentence, fines and or a long probation. You will also face severe restrictions if a restraining or protective order is issued by the court. This will mean that you cannot return home or see or contact your spouse, ex-spouse or other family, including your children.
If you have been arrested for domestic violence, spousal abuse, harassment, or any form of terrostic threat, you should speak to a domestic violence defense lawyer at Chernoff Law as soon as possible. We can arrange a consultation immediately to discuss the details of your case and determine your best course of legal action.
Our firm places a strong focus on defending those accused of domestic violence. Our lawyers are board-certified in criminal law and have all served as prosecutors in criminal and domestic violence cases. They have seen the actions taken by the police, prosecutors and the criminal justice system to attempt to get as many convictions as possible in such cases. They are also well aware that even if a spouse attempts to drop the charges or even refuses to file charges, it remains in the hands of the prosecution to decide whether to dismiss or go to trial.