Family Violence


Domestic Violence Cases In Houston

Texas is tough on family violence crimes. From investigation to arrest to the ultimate disposition of a charge, the State treats these allegations differently: if police are called out to a domestic disturbance, there will likely be an arrest made, even when neither partner wants to press charges. Even when an alleged victim asks the State to drop charges, the State can ignore the victim and press on with their case.

Family violence crimes are not restricted to altercations between blood relatives, either. They apply not just to spouses and siblings, but to dating partners, and even roommates as well.

Even when the conduct charged would otherwise qualify as a misdemeanor offense, family violence cases are often filed as felony charges. If there has been any history of family violence in the past, the State takes an even more hard line approach.  Convictions for these offenses carry burdensome consequences. Those convicted cannot possess a firearm. Those convicted can be stripped of their custodial rights. Sometimes those convicted are forbidden from returning to their domestic residence. Some are forbidden from ever speaking to or seeing the alleged victim ever again.

The State of Texas could charge someone with a family violence offense for a broad range of conduct. The legal team at the Shellist Law Firm has cleared clients of the following allegations:

  • Hurt their spouse, family member, or someone they were dating
  • Violated a restraining order or protective order
  • Engaged in “stalking”
  • Interfered with an emergency telephone call
  • Should have provided aid to a hurt family member but failed to do so

Family violence charges are complex, and beating these charges requires an understanding of the domestic dynamics that culminated in the allegations of abuse. Because these charges are so serious, and because the consequences of a conviction are so severe, individuals facing these allegations should seek out an aggressive, skilled trial attorney to best shield themselves against the State’s charges.