This post concludes and recaps our series on the handling of domestic violence charges in Laredo, Texas. We felt it necessary to write on this topic as many defendants do not fully grasp the significance of a domestic violence conviction. It is common for those charged with such an offense to de-emphasize its importance and assume that the dispute will eventually be resolved in a peaceful fashion. However, this is simply not the case. An arrest for domestic violence means that the accused is facing serious consequences, including the potential for a permanent criminal record. The goal of our last several articles has been to provide helpful information which will help people better understand their situation. It is also our hope that these articles will assist individuals in making an informed decision when it comes time to choose a criminal defense attorney. Contact our office today if you need assistance.
We have addressed several topics over my recent articles. Issues which we have analyzed include:
- Dealing with false accusations of domestic violence
- The process one will face after a domestic violence arrest
- Claiming self-defense in family violence cases
- What to expect at a domestic violence trial
- The penalties for a family violence/assault conviction
There are various reasons why defendants must have an understanding of these issues. First, false domestic violence accusations are not uncommon. It is important for defendants to realize that even if an allegation is false, it will still be taken seriously by the Court. Second, one should be aware of the process that he or she will face after an arrest is made. Having this knowledge can be helpful in understanding how these cases are prosecuted. Third, domestic violence charges are commonly the result of a physical dispute that ended in self-defense. Defendants must remain cognizant of the fact that a viable self-defense claim has the potential to result in an acquittal or even a dismissal. Fourth, those facing these charges should have an understanding of what will occur at trial. Such a process can be intimidating and it is imperative that the accused know what will be expected from each side. Lastly, having some familiarity with the penalties for a domestic violence conviction is imperative. Texas imposes harsh penalties on those convicted of domestic violence, so defendants should know what they are up against.
One point that we have stressed throughout the series is the importance of contacting an experienced criminal defense lawyer. The sooner that you retain counsel, the better chance you will have of formulating a workable defense. Further, you help to ensure that your rights will remain fully protected by seeking representation immediately. Joey Tellez is a Laredo attorney handling such charges. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.