Criminal Case Results: Family Violence, Domestic Assault

  • Felony-Family Domestic Violence (Choking-Strangulation) – Case Dismissed (Day of Trial) CZE# 13532290 – 185th Dist Court (Feb, 4th 2013)
  • Assault-Family Violence: Not Guilty – CZE# 96501170 CT 10
  • Interference w/Child Custody: Case Dismissed – CZE# 10427050 228th
  • Violation of a Protective Order-Felony: Case Dismissed – CZE# 10244220, 228th (Set for Jury Trial)
  • Abandon-Endanger Child: Case Dismissed – CZE# 07417030 262nd
  • Assault-Family Violence: Not Guilty – CZE# 09172170 176th
  • Assault-Family Violence: Not Guilty – CZE# 15153180 CT 5
  • Assault-Family Violence: Not Guilty – Brazoria County
  • Assault-Family Violence: Case Dismissed – CT 5 Expunged
  • Assault-Family Violence: Case Dismissed – CZE# 10832310 CT 15 Jury Trial
  • Assault-Family Violence: Case Dismissed – CZE# 11111140 CT 1
  • Endangering a Child: Case Dismissed – CZE# 09213030 183rd (Dismissed Day of Jury Trial)
  • Assault-Family Violence: Case Dismissed – Expunged
  • Assault-Family Violence: Case Dismissed – Felony – CZE# 11027720 262nd (Pled to Misdemeanor Assault)
  • Assault-Family Violence: Case Dismissed – CZE# 12844340 CT 2 Jury Trial
  • Assault-Family Violence: Case Dismissed – Pre-Trial Motions – CZE# 15459160 CT 6
  • Violation of a Protective Order-Felony: Case Dismissed – CZE# 10623170, 228th (Set for Jury Trial)

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DEFINITIONS:

(a) FAMILY VIOLENCE: an act by a member of a family or household against another member of the family or household that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault or is a threat that reasonably places the member in fear of imminent bodily injury, but doesn’t include defensive measures to protect oneself.

(b) DATING VIOLENCE: (a) “Dating violence” means an act by an individual that is against another individual with whom the person has or has had a dating relationship and that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault, but does not include defensive measures to protect oneself

(c) “Dating Relationship” means a relationship between individuals who have or have had a continuing relationship of a romantic or intimate nature. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on consideration of:

(1) the length of the relationship

(2) the nature of the relationship

(3) the frequency and type of interactions of the persons involved in the relationship

(4) a casual acquaintanceship or ordinary fraternization in a business or social context does not constitute a “dating relationship”

 

PROTECTIVE ORDERS

I have had case after case where a person is arrested and then slapped with a protective order. Often times the accused cannot go to their home. This stays in effect even if the alleged victim wishes to drop charges. I once had a case where my client met a woman in a bar, took her to his home, discovered she was crazy, called the police and was the one arrested. She remained in his home. After bonding out he went home only to discover she was still there and perhaps unbeknownst to him a protective order had been granted. He was arrested on his own doorstep and I had a heck of a time bonding him out. (Please see case results) Both charges were eventually dismissed. Often the alleged victim is the one to contact and hire me and sometimes will follow my advice and show up in court, separately from the accused/ defendant and have a talk with the prosecutor and possibly a question and answer session with the judge. Sometimes the protective order is lifted sometimes not, and only rarely are charges for the alleged assault/family violence dropped. In the application for a protective order, the court shall find

(a) At the close of a hearing on an application for a protective order, the court shall find whether:

(1) Family violence has occurred: and

(2) Family violence is likely to occur in the future.

(b) If the court finds that family violence has occurred and that the family violence is likely to occur in the future, the court:

(1) shall render a protective order as provided by 85.022 …… applying to a person who committed family violence; and may order the person to complete a battering intervention and prevention program and counsel with a social worker and may prohibit the person found to have committed family violence from committing family violence and communicating with the person in a threatening or harassing manner or a threat made through any person to a person protected by an order, or going near the residence or place of employment or business of a person protected by an order, except through the person’s lawyer. And the order will specially delineate the minimum distance from the location. And a license to carry a firearm can be suspended.

(2) May render a protective order as provided 85.021…. applying to both parties that are in the best interest of the person protected by the order or member of the family or household of the person protected by the order. The court may prohibit any party from removing a child who is a member of the family or household from the possession of a person named in the order

(c) A protective order that requires the first applicant to do or refrain from doing an act shall include a finding that the first applicant has committed family violence and is likely to commit family violence in the future.

PENALTIES:

Violating a protective order is very serious because it is disobeying a direct order from the judge, and it is a misdemeanor on the first offense and there are additional penalties and conditions not normally given in other misdemeanor cases.

The police can arrest you without a warrant, simply by a witness statement that you went near, or threatened a person protected and you can be held in jail without bail/bond. The orders can last from 90 days up to two years.

If you are sent to prison or the county jail it can last up to one year after you get out. A conviction for a violation of a protective order is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine up to $4000. If you have 2 or more previous convictions for a violation, it is a 3rd degree felony punishable by up to 10 years TDC and a $10,000 fine, and you may not be able to own a gun for up to 5 years after your probation or sentence ends.


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