This is the first post in a series which will discuss the process of defending against domestic violence charges in Laredo, Texas. We are writing on this topic due to the fact that many people do not know how to proceed when they find themselves facing such charges. The goal of our coming articles is to provide information which will help people to better understand their situation. It is also our goal to provide information which will help people to make an informed decision when they are selecting a criminal defense attorney. If you or a loved one have been arrested then contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
We will be addressing several topics over our coming articles. Issues which we will analyze include:
- Dealing with false accusations of domestic violence
- The process one will face after being arrested
- The right to claim self-defense in such matters
- What to expect at trial
- Texas’ penalties for a family violence/domestic assault conviction
There are several reasons why it is important to understand these issues. First, perhaps no other charge is as likely to be based on false allegations as is domestic violence. It is crucial, for those who have been falsely accused, to take the matter seriously. Second, understanding the process one faces helps to make sure that the matter is handled as efficiently as possible. Third, police sometimes make a mistake as to who was the “primary aggressor” and, as a result, arrest the wrong party. Fourth, it is vital to know what to expect as your case proceeds to trial. Finally, understanding the consequences of a conviction will help you understand whether you wish to resolve the matter through negotiations.
One point we cannot stress enough is that you should contact a criminal defense attorney immediately if you or a loved one have been arrested for family violence. Many make the mistake of thinking that such incidents are a “private matter” between two parties. This is not the case as a defendant is being charged by a state or local government. By contacting counsel immediately you help to ensure that your rights remain fully protected. Joey Tellez is a Laredo lawyer handling such charges. Call our office today to schedule an initial consultation.