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What Are Texas Family Violence Charges?

In Texas, family violence carries hefty consequences. A first offense is charged as a Class A misdemeanor, with penalties including up to one year in prison or two years probation. A second offense is automatically charged as a third-degree felony, which carries two to ten years in state prison.

In addition to the immediate legal consequences, a family violence conviction can follow you for the rest of your life:

  • You can be fired from your current job for an assault conviction and refused for hire by other employers.
  • Landlords can refuse to rent to someone with an assault on their record/
  • Texas doesn’t permit someone with an assault conviction to own a firearm for five years after their sentence is completed.
  • Beyond employment and rental consequences, these type of charges may also affect your ability to see your family or return to your home.

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Domestic Violence Penalties in Texas

Any kind of physical assault or battering of your partner is considered domestic violence, including sexual abuse. Even just an unwanted touch can mean count as assault, and it can cost you.

The state of Texas recognizes three types of crimes within domestic violence: domestic assault, aggravated domestic assault, and continuous violence against the family. Each type of crime carries different penalties and criteria.

Domestic Assault

Have you committed assault against a current/past dating partner or a family member? An act of assault includes:

  • Intentionally or recklessly causing physical injury to another
  • Threatening harm on another
  • Intentionally causing physical contact with another that the offender should reasonably know that the victim would find offensive

If the offender does not have any other domestic assault convictions on his or her criminal record, domestic assault counts as a Class A misdemeanor, resulting in a fine of up to $4,000 and/or jail time of up to one year. However, the charge will upgrade to a third-degree felony if the conviction isn’t the first on the record. A third-degree felony can leave you behind bars for 2-10 years and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

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