According to statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), 35.1 percent of Texas men and 34.5 percent of Texas women experience physical violence, rape, or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetimes. Domestic violence charges are serious and can cause devastating long-term consequences to your liberty, quality of life, reputation, and future opportunities. If convicted, the defendant could face substantial fines, a prison sentence, loss of parenting privileges, a restraining order, and deportation.
If you have been arrested and charged with domestic violence or if you are under investigation for physical assault, it is crucial to retain a skilled and aggressive Texas criminal defense attorney immediately. At Rick Davis & Associates, I am dedicated to providing experienced legal services and comprehensive representation to clients facing domestic violence charges. I will fight vigorously on your side to protect your rights and see that you are given fair treatment.
Rick Davis & Associates is proud to serve clients throughout Bryan, Texas, and the surrounding communities of College Station, Brenham, Anderson, Washington County, and Caldwell.
Domestic Violence in Texas
Under Texas law, domestic violence is an assault against a family member, cohabitant, household member, or a past or current dating partner. Therefore, domestic violence occurs when someone uses force in a domestic situation to cause bodily injury, threatens to cause harm or bodily injury, or causes any form of physical contact with the other person that may be considered offensive by the victim.
General Provisions of the Law
Texas domestic violence laws apply to spouses, individuals related by blood or affinity, individuals living in the same household, foster children, foster parents, and people in dating relationships. Pursuant to Texas Penal Code § 22.01., an individual commits the offense when he or she knowingly, intentionally, or through negligence:
- Causes bodily injury to another person;
- Threatens another person with potential harm or bodily injury; or
- Causes physical contact with another person who will find it offensive.
To prove domestic violence, the prosecutor must establish beyond reasonable doubts that the defendant acted knowingly or intentionally. Also, the prosecuting attorney will need to provide actual evidence of bodily injury to prove that the defendant's actions were careless and caused harm or bodily injury to the victim.