Denton County Domestic Violence Lawyers
Domestic Violence, or "Assault - Family Violence", cases are politically charged offenses that criminal defense attorneys must handle carefully. Numerous public interest groups closely track the actions of judges and prosecutors in domestic violence cases. For that reason, most District Attorneys’ offices have what they call a "no-drop" policy, which means once a case is filed, the D.A. will not dismiss the case.
At Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, L.L.P., we know that charges like this can be damaging. Our domestic assault defense lawyers know exactly how to handle these cases, which can make all the difference in the world. Contact us online or call 940-222-6565 for more information.
We Are Gainesville, Texas, Family Assault Defense Attorneys
If you are charged with domestic violence, it is crucial to retain an experienced and knowledgeable attorney early in the legal process. In most cases, the chances of dismissal are slim. If the matter can be disposed of before the case is filed, some of the political constraints may be avoided. When evaluating assault - family violence cases, experienced prosecutors will consider the following:
- The severity of the assault/injuries
- The criminal history of the accused
- Whether the "victim" wants to prosecute
- Ease of proof
What if the victim does not want to prosecute?
Quite often, after an assault or domestic violence arrest, the victim no longer wants to prosecute. However, once assault charges have been filed, district attorneys’ offices usually have a "no drop" policy; the power to decide is taken out of the hands of the victim and placed in the hands of the prosecutor handling the case. Generally, the prosecutor will pursue the case even if the victim has requested that the charges be dismissed. However, in cases in which the injuries are minor, the accused does not have a criminal history, and/or the case will not be easy to prove, the prosecutor may honor the victim's wishes.
Getting Legal Help
When you are facing assault – family violence charges, you need an experienced attorney to evaluate your case. At times, there are cases that the State simply cannot prove. You must also consider the consequences of your plea. Even if you receive deferred adjudication probation, the next assault family violence charge may be increased to a 3rd degree felony.
Assault - Family Violence cases are punishable as follows:
|1st offense AFV||Up to 365 days||$4,000 maximum|
|2nd or more||2 to 10 years||$10,000 maximum|
|Aggravated AFV||2 to 20 years||$10,000 maximum|
|Murder (Family member victim)||5 to 99 years or life||$10,000 maximum|
|Capital Murder (Family member victim)||Life or death|
The attorneys at Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, L.L.P have handled thousands of domestic violence cases. When you seek our help, we will investigate the case and compile evidence in your favor and aggressively protect your legal rights. If we are unable to achieve disposition before the case is filed, we will pursue the case with an eye toward trial.
When you need legal help, contact us online or call our office at (940) 387-3518. The sooner we are able to take action in your defense, the greater your chances of a favorable outcome. Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, L.L.P offers no cost, no obligation initial consultation to discuss your legal problem.