Free Initial Consultation

Tough Times Call For Tough Lawyers

We Have A Reputation Of Excellence

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 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 several 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 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 of these 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 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 to learn more about the options available to you.

Contact Us Free Case Evaluation

Tell Us About Your Situation Below And Receive A Free Evaluation.

Tell us about your situation below and receive a free evaluation.
  • 0 of 500 max characters
  • The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

  • *P Micheal Schneider was awarded the Super Lawer disignation by Thomson Reuters, a lawyer rating service for Criminal Defense for years 2013-2023; Top Attorneys, by Fort Worth Magazine, for Criminal Law for years 2013-2023.
  • *Melissa Swan was awarded Super Lawyers for 2023, Rising Star for years 2014 - 2020; Top Attorneys for 2014 - 2023.
  • *Alison Porterfield was awarded Super Lawyers for 2023, Rising Stars for 2014 - 2022; Top Attorneys for 2014 - 2023.
  • *Jessica A. Phillips was awarded Super Lawyers, Rising Stars for 2018 - 2023; Top Attorneys for 2014 - 2023.



I was charged with two felonies facing up to 20 years in prison. Mr. Schneider negotiated a plea deal for me that resulted in one felony charge being DISMISSED and the second one reduced to a Misdemeanor. My punishment was 2 years probation. I cannot

- Karla

Don B.

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

- Don B.


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.

- Tom A

M. Aguilar

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 accusa

- M. Aguilar

Get In Touch

Fort Worth

400 East Weatherford Street Fort Worth, TX 76102

Phone: (817) 755-1852
Fax: (817)769-3797


5332 N. Tarrant Parkway Fort Worth 76244

Phone: (817) 576-8084
Fax: (817) 849-2384


5001 S Cooper St Ste 221, Arlington, TX 76017-5993

Phone: (817) 799-7125
Fax: (682) 276-6051

Copyright © 2023 All Rights Reserved.