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Assault Family Violence

In the state of Texas, assault family violence is defined under Texas Family Code § 71.004 as a serious threat or act of violence that occurs between members of a family or household. Even if the alleged perpetrator is not a member of the family or household, this individual can be charged with family violence if he or she had a past or present marital or dating relationship with the victim. The alleged perpetrator may be charged with assault with family violence if the incident involved physical contact of any kind, even if that contact did not result in an injury.

If you have been accused of assault family violence, assault, stalking, or harassment, it is important to retain legal counsel and advocacy right away. The penalties for these types of crimes can be very severe. Furthermore, because family violence cases are not eligible for an expunction, even a plea to deferred adjudication will stay on your criminal record for life.

Assault Family Violence Laws in Texas

Texas law grants victims of family violence the right to pursue a protective order. This order, described under Texas Code Crim. Proc. Art. 17.292, could inhibit an alleged offender’s freedom in a number of ways. The Texas Attorney General’s website defines a protective order as “a civil court order issued to prevent continuing acts of family violence.”

Under Texas law, a protective order may require you to:

  • Cease any and all communication with your family
  • Keep away from your home and places where your family members work or attend school
  • Attend mandatory counseling or complete a battering intervention and prevention program
  • Surrender any firearms and prevent you from obtaining a fishing or hunting license
  • Pay child support and / or spousal support

Have you been accused of family violence?

In 2012 alone, more than 188,900 incidents of family violence were reported in Texas. Unfortunately, it is our experience that many such charges are based on exaggerated or false testimony – sometimes by family members who stand to gain from such allegations in a divorce or custody case. If you have been falsely accused of family violence, we are prepared to defend your rights. At Schneider Law Firm, P.C., we handle a high volume of criminal defense cases. Our experience in this area enables us to defend our clients with skill and success.

If you have been charged with family violence, assault, harassment, stalking, or a similar crime, contact our law firm right away. We can put you in touch with a dedicated and experienced criminal defense lawyer who can advise you about your situation.

Schedule your free case evaluation right away in order to learn more about the options available to you.


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    I am forever grateful that I chose this great firm to defend me in my assault case. Emily LaChance and Bria Larson are the Dream Team for criminal defense in Tarrant County. Polished and smart, they covered all the bases and thanks to them I now have my freedom back. If you find yourself in need of legal help I strongly recommend the Schneider Law Firm. They are awesome!

    Don B.
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    Case dismissed, Aggravated sexual assault of a minor. I am pleased to submit to you this letter of recommendation for Emily LaChance to be your next Criminal Attorney.

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    My attorney was Emily LaChance in dealing with a case of molestation of my step son. The allegations were brought by his biological father, whom has a history of domestic violence and has been vocally distributive in our family long before the accusations.

    Emily took a thorough journal of all the events before, during and after the accusations to show the DA’s office that this was another attack on our family by a volatile and non reputable individual. She stopped the criminal investigation before it ever began.

    She also went above and beyond by dealing with CPS, which falls under family law. She drove from her office to my home in Bedford to assist in a one on one interview with CPS to close out their case.

    This was a very trying time for me and my family and she also dealt with the emotional roller coaster that I was on. She always answered my questions via email, most of the time instantaneously, regardless if it was 10pm or the weekend.

    Even after the case was closed she made me a binder of all the events for my records in case the biological father ever decided to try to hurt our family in this way again. Thank you Emily for all your help!

    M. Aguilar