Assault Causes Bodily Injury Family Violence (AFV) is a serious offense in Texas, carrying severe consequences for those involved. At the Benjamin Law Firm, we understand such cases’ complexities and their profound impact on our clients’ lives. Under the experienced guidance of Brock Benjamin, certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, our firm offers skilled legal representation.
We are committed to guiding our clients through the legal system with professionalism and dedicated advocacy. If you are facing domestic assault charges, you need the powerful representation we provide. When you partner with us, you can be confident with our family violence assault (AFV) attorney by your side. Contact us today for a consultation.
Understanding Assault Causes Bodily Injury Family Violence (AFV) in Texas
Under Texas law, domestic assault is defined as an act by a family member, household member, or current or former dating partner that intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another, including the spouse. It can also involve threats that place a person in fear of imminent bodily harm.
Examples of Assault Family Violence include:
- Striking or hitting a partner or family member
- Making credible threats of violence
- Making any physical contact intended to cause harm or fear.
This crime is distinct from other related offenses such as domestic violence, which can encompass a broader range of abusive behaviors beyond physical harm, including emotional, economic, or psychological actions.
Assault Causes Bodily Injury Family Violence (AFV) Penalties
The penalties for domestic assault in Texas are significant and multifaceted, ranging from fines and community service to imprisonment. The severity of the punishment often depends on factors such as the nature of the injury caused and any previous convictions. In any event, penalties may include:
- Fines, potentially reaching thousands of dollars.
- Up to 1 year in jail for a misdemeanor offense
- Up to 10 years in prison for a felony offense
- Prohibition of weapon ownership
- Mandatory counseling or anger management programs
- Possible deportation or removal for individuals that are not United States Citizens
Moreover, a conviction for domestic assault carries long-term repercussions, not the least of which is a permanent criminal record, which can adversely affect employment opportunities, housing options, and even personal relationships. Given these consequences, having informed legal representation is essential.
Defending Against an Assault Causes Bodily Injury Family Violence (AFV) Charge in Texas
Defending against a Family Violence assault charge in Texas requires a strategic and informed approach, considering the complex nature of such cases. A robust defense often hinges on a detailed examination of the alleged incident’s circumstances.
Critical to this process is the assessment of evidence, witness testimonies, and the context of the altercation. Legal defenses can vary widely based on the unique aspects of each case, making a tailored strategy essential. Key defense strategies may include:
- Demonstrating a lack of intent or recklessness in the defendant’s actions.
- Establishing a credible alibi or proving the defendant was not present at the scene.
- Arguing self-defense or defense of others, if applicable.
- Challenging the credibility of the accuser or the consistency of their story.
At Benjamin Law Firm, our expertise in criminal law and deep understanding of the Texas legal system enable us to provide robust and effective defense strategies. Above all, we are dedicated to ensuring your voice is heard and protecting your rights.
The Role of Evidence
Evidence is the foundation of both the prosecution’s case and our defense strategy. Key types of evidence in domestic assault cases include:
- Medical records documenting injuries.
- Witness testimonies, including statements from the alleged victim and bystanders.
- Photographs or videos of the incident or injury.
- Text messages, emails, or other forms of communication between the parties involved.
- Good ole’ simple investigations by our investigator.
Brock Benjamin leverages his skills and resources to carefully weigh evidence as the cornerstone of an effective defense strategy. His expertise in discerning the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence allows him to present a solid defense, ensuring that you receive powerful representation in the face of serious allegations.
How Our Firm Can Help With Your Domestic Assault Charges
At Benjamin Law Firm, we understand domestic assault charges are daunting and will be your steadfast ally throughout this challenging time. With Brock Benjamin’s expert guidance, we will guide you through the complexities and uncertainties of the legal process. Our approach is proactive and client-centered; we will handle every aspect of your case with the utmost care and precision.
Above all, we value your rights and will work tirelessly to safeguard them. With Brock Benjamin and our dedicated team, you gain not just a defender in the courtroom, but a confidant and advisor who will help you navigate through every step of this legal journey with confidence and expertise.
Talk To An Experienced Texas Assault Causes Bodily Injury Family Violence (AFV) Today
If you or someone you know is facing a domestic assault charge, don’t navigate these turbulent waters alone. Contact Benjamin Law Firm today. Let us be your voice and your strength in the courtroom.