I've been charged with Assault against a Family Member. What do I do?
Call a Houston Family Violence Defense Lawyer as soon as possible. Family violence cases can have serious consequences -- a conviction for an offense involving family violence may result in you being prohibited from owning a firearm in the future. In addition, a conviction for family violence may result in the enhancement of future criminal charges. Call us today.
Who is considered a "family member?"
Under Texas law, a family member is a spouse, a person with whom you have a dating relationship or a child, or a direct blood relative (sibling or parent.) It can also mean a household member -- someone who lives under the same roof, even if it's just a roommate.
My spouse wants to drop charges.
While the reluctant spouse is a common occurrence in Texas family violence cases, the District Attorney can still press forward with the case even though the alleged victim wants the charges to be dropped -- and often, they do. In fact, filing a sworn affidavit of non-prosecution with the District Attorney's office can often work against the defendant in a family violence case, because the alleged victim will have to admit under oath that the attack occurred or face charges of filing a false police report.