Fight For Your Reputation When Charged With Domestic Violence
Allegations of domestic violence can tarnish your reputation and damage your relationships. If someone has made allegations of domestic violence against you, you must fight the charges in order to repair the damage done and protect your future.
Clarissa Fernandez Pratt, Attorney at Law, represents clients in all manner of domestic violence charges. Clarissa has years of experience defending clients in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. She began her career as a prosecutor and understands the way the other side builds its case. She will take the time to listen to your side of the story, answer your questions and stand by you throughout your case.
Defining Domestic Violence In Texas
Texas law incorporates domestic violence into its assault and battery offenses that involve family and romantic partners. You may face domestic violence charges for acts against:
- A family member
- A household member
- The parent of your child
- A romantic partner or former romantic partner
Domestic violence is not limited to assault, either. It can include sexual assault, aggravated assault with a weapon, kidnapping, manslaughter and murder. The most common incidents, however, involve a heated argument that gets out of control, leading to a physical altercation.
As with all violent crimes, penalties can be quite severe for these charges. They vary based on the seriousness of the situation. Mounting a strong defense is important to defending yourself. The consequences can extend beyond jail time or a fine. You could lose custody of your children, lose the right to own a firearm or even have trouble finding housing.
Can The Charges Be Dropped?
As with all criminal charges, the prosecution must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In a case of domestic violence, much of the evidence comes from your accuser’s testimony. If they change their story or you can prove that your were acting in self-defense or in defense of another, the prosecution may decide to drop the charges against you. Clarissa will go over the facts of your case with you to help you decide on the best course of action moving forward.