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Assault & Family Violence

Waco Domestic Violence Defense Lawyers

In Texas, the law says that a person is guilty of assault if they "intentionally, knowingly or recklessly cause bodily injury to another person, including the person's spouse." Furthermore, the law also describes a bodily injury as any impairment in physical condition or pain. As you can see, this is a pretty low legal threshold.

If you have been charged with this offense, turn to Sutton Milam & Fanning, PLLC. Our Waco criminal defense attorneys are ready to provide aggressive defense representation for you. Serving Lorena, the Baylor University area, and all of McLennan County, we are prepared to provide the level of counsel you need in the face of assault or domestic violence charges.

Call our offices at (254) 237-5602 for a free and confidential consultation.

Defenses to Domestic Violence Charges

Depending on the case, there are different defenses that may be available to a person who has been accused of domestic violence:

  • The most common defenses to assault are self-defense and consent. Self-defense is probably the most familiar one. It says that a person has a right to use a reasonable amount of force to defend him/herself. Consent is another possibility, based on the principle that if two people decide they going to settle things via a fist fight, the loser of that fight can’t cry "assault!"
  • Provocation and retaliation are not valid defenses to assault or domestic violence. Provocation would involve a situation where someone gets in your face and says rude or annoying things in an attempt to get under your skin, causing you to assault him/her. Retaliation, of course, is where you attack someone because this person first did something to you or someone else.

A Domestic Violence Conviction Carries Penalties You May Not Have Considered

If the complaining witness in your case is a family member or a roommate, you may have the phrase "Family Violence" tacked on to the end of your charge. There are two key elements of a family violence charge that you need to know about. First, if you are convicted, you may never again possess a firearm or ammunition. Second, if you are charged with another "Family Violence" offense, it can be enhanced to a third degree felony.

Challenging Domestic Violence Charges in Lorena & McLennan County

Understanding whether certain defenses or enhancements apply to your case can be quite confusing. That's what our law firm is here for. Set up a free consultation with one of our Waco domestic violence defense lawyers. We will talk through the entire event and arrest with you, helping you create an effective strategy.

Call us at (254) 237-5602 to get started.

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