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Assault crimes are some of the most commonly charged crimes in Denton and North Texas. The Texas Penal Code defines many types of assault crimes with varying degrees of severity, classifying some as misdemeanors and some as felonies. Included in this list are those related to family violence (often referred to as domestic violence). For help addressing the charges you may be facing, turn to our assault attorneys in Denton.
Family Violence Charges
Many of our clients face various family violence criminal charges, including assault of a family member and related offenses. Unfortunately, far too many simple misunderstandings between spouses, unmarried couples, and other family members escalate into serious arguments and fights. A civil conversation can quickly spiral into a situation where threats are made and objects start flying. Physical violence may erupt, such as pushing, shoving, hitting, and more.
During one of these domestic violence incidents, a person may contact law enforcement for a number of reasons, including fear of safety, anger, spite, and more. Once contacted, Texas law requires officers to arrest and charge someone with a crime of family violence (even if there are no signs that an incident occurred, no signs of injury, and even if the accuser recants his or her allegations). This is because public policy dictates that allegations of family violence must be treated very seriously, and law enforcement is guided by the principle of “better safe than sorry.”
In many cases, arrests are necessary and truly warranted. Unfortunately, in other cases, untrue accusations based on ulterior motives or made in the heat of the moment result in unnecessary arrests and charges. It is a sad reality that many baseless claims of domestic violence overshadow the very serious, legitimate domestic violence incidents that true victims encounter. If you were wrongly accused, let our trusted and aggressive Denton assault attorney fight those charges.
Accusations, Arrests & Charges
An accusation of a criminal assault – let alone a conviction – may negatively impact your life in countless ways. If someone has accused you of assault, especially upon a family member, it is important to be proactive and contact our Denton criminal assault lawyers right away. This type of situation can escalate quickly, and you do not want to be caught off guard.
What Not to Do
Despite feeling incredibly anxious and/or scared to death about what your charges actually mean, it is important to keep your wits about you and not do something you might regret.
Here is a brief list of what you should definitely NOT do if you find yourself unexpectedly arrested for the alleged commission of assault (particularly related to family violence):
- Do NOT freak out;
- Do NOT in any way, shape, or form retaliate against anyone who accused you of assault or other awful things;
- Do NOT try to talk it over with the person who accused you of assault;
- Do NOT go near the accuser.
Doing any of these things may severely jeopardize your case and may result in another arrest and additional criminal charges.
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