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Marshall Davis Brown Jr: Texas and Domestic Assault: A Serious Matter

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Texas and Domestic Assault: A Serious Matter

Although, for obvious reasons, no state takes the issue of domestic assault lightly, Texas especially cracks down on the matter. As a matter of fact, there's an entire chapter in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure that focuses on the pressing concerns of violence in the household and within the family. While it's great to have such protection, however, any matter that is taken so seriously in the state courts is bound to be difficult to deal with legally.

It's unfortunate, but there is an unacceptably high number of domestic violence cases in Texas. According to a study in 2011, 74% of Texans had either been involved in a case of domestic abuse or known someone personally who had. In other words, it's a matter that concerns everyone.

If you're experiencing domestic abuse, it's not a matter you should be afraid to bring in front of the courts – the punishments are hefty. Get a good family lawyer in Texas, like Marshall Davis Brown to ensure justice. The penalties, of course, depend on the case, but no one gets away clean. A first offense of domestic assault is typically considered a Class A misdemeanor, which could lead to up to one year in jail and/or up to $4,000 in fines. Remember – that's the lowest charge, it can only get worse from there.

If you're charged again, your punishment will worsen. A second offense can potentially be considered a felony in the third degree, earning you up to ten years in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines.

Aggravated domestic assault can earn a person a sentence of five to life in prison, and up to $10,000 in fines.

In other words, justice will be served. Never keep quiet about your case – the law is on your side, especially in Texas.


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