Tarrant County Assault – Family Violence Attorney Justin Sparks
Domestic violence (also known as Assault – Family Violence) is a serious charge. It occurs when a disagreement leads to physical harm, threats, fear of physical harm, or unwanted physical contact. In order to prove domestic violence, the prosecutor must show that you intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly caused bodily injury, threatened imminent bodily injury, or caused provocative or offensive physical contact to a spouse, family member, or intimate partner.
In Tarrant County, the County Criminal Court No. 5 was created exclusively to rule on family violence cases in Fort Worth every month.. The District Attorney’s office takes these cases very seriously and will proceed to trial even if the victim of an assault wants to drop charges. This means that even if your accuser cools down before the trial, you still need an attorney who is capable of taking your case to trial and exploring every avenue to obtain a “not guilty” verdict.
Domestic Violence Conviction Consequences
The purchase or possession of a firearm or ammunition becomes a felony offense under state and federal law. [Sec. 46.04(b), Texas Penal Code and 18 U.S.C. Section 922 (g)(9)]
A second Domestic Violence charge is immediately elevated to a third degree felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
You may lose custody of your children.
Records of the criminal offense cannot be sealed or erased and may prevent you from gaining employment.
Degrees of Conviction:
Class A Misdemeanor
Assault causing bodily injury to a family member.
Punishable by up to one year in a county jail and a fine up to $4,000.
Having a previous family violence assault conviction.
Punishable by a possible two to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
Second Degree Felony
Aggravated assault against a family member.
Punishable by a possible two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
If a Fort Worth Police officer is called to your home for a domestic violence issue, the suspected perpetrator will be taken to jail immediately. Domestic violence offenses are treated more seriously than any other misdemeanor in the state of Texas. The penalties for repeat offenders are very serious. If you’re facing domestic violence charges in Fort Worth, call the Sparks Law Firm today. 817-334-0300
Justin Sparks has been defending clients across Fort Worth and Dallas for over ten years. Our firm helps you through the criminal process, from investigation to appeals, if need be. Free consultations for all new cases.