Domestic Violence & Family Assault

Domestic Violence

Most assault charges involve family members or dating relationships. Emotions run high, things are said and done, and the police are called. Sometimes an argument is just an argument. However, once the police are called, a conflict that might have been resolved in counseling becomes a criminal case. The allegedly assaulted person cannot just have the case dropped at her (or his) whim. Because of numerous very public trials involving wife-beating celebrities, there appears to be a zero-tolerance policy toward family assault. A call to 911 sets a series of events in motion that are quickly outside of the control of the people engaged in the dispute. Because most people charged with domestic assault have seldom or never had a previous criminal charge, they don't understand what will happen after a call is made to the police.

Michael Threadgill has extensive education and experience representing people charged with domestic violence, family assault, battery, and other assault charges. In fact, family violence is one of the major focus areas of his firm. Contact his Sugar Land office to schedule an initial consultation.

The consequences of a domestic violence conviction can be far-reaching. Get immediate legal help. Has your partner filed for a protective order? Mr. Threadgill will defend you in court before the protective order becomes permanent. Do you hunt? A family violence conviction will prevent you from legally owning a gun. Mr. Threadgill will thoroughly investigate and prepare your case—and fight hard to protect this, and your many other rights, your freedom, and your family.

Mr. Threadgill can help you understand the difference between a misdemeanor or felony assault charge, the potential consequences of a guilty plea or conviction, as well as potential defense strategies. With his experienced and zealous defense, you stand a chance to have the charge reduced or dropped. For sound advice and defense after an assault or domestic violence arrest, contact his Sugar Land office to schedule a free initial consultation.

In Most Cases, the Alleged Victim Cannot Simply “Drop the Charges.” Calling the police in connection with a family violence allegation typically sets off the following series of events:

  • An arrest is made
  • Bail is set (often high) and a no-contact order is issued
  • The accused person is not able to return home
  • Family life and children are affected

The State’s Decision, Not Your Family Member’s

Once the situation has calmed down, it's common for the alleged victim to want to drop the charges and try to get family life back to normal. But the decision is no longer in her (or his) hands. Domestic assault charges are filed by the State of Texas, and in most cases the prosecutor will refuse to drop the charges simply because the accusing family member wants to.

Understandably, domestic assault charges are brought by the State to protect truly battered spouses from being bullied into changing stories. The unfortunate result of this policy, however, is that innocent people are arrested, jailed, and kept away from their families.

Talk with a Lawyer As Soon As Possible

The assault defense lawyer, Michael Threadgill, can help you understand the criminal process in Texas domestic violence cases. He has often been successful stopping charges from being filed, getting charges dismissed, getting charges reduced, and securing acquittals at trial when necessary. However, the success of your case requires prompt intervention.

What Happens If I'm Convicted of Domestic Abuse?

The Fort Bend County DA’s office takes family violence very seriously. The district attorney's office maintains a grant-funded division dedicated exclusively to prosecuting domestic abuse cases. This means they’re putting a lot of resources toward convicting you. If you have been accused of domestic abuse, you need a Sugar Land, Missouri City, Richmond, Rosenberg criminal defense lawyer who can stand up to such opposition with formidable resources of his own. You need The Law Office of J. Michael Threadgill.

Texas Laws on Family Assault are Harsh

A misdemeanor assault conviction can result in up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Probation may be available but unlike probation in some other criminal cases, information on a domestic violence charge IS always available to the public. It is not kept private. Your arrest, plea or conviction will be on your criminal record for the rest of your life.

  • That can affect your ability to find future employment.
  • It can stand in the way of obtaining security clearance or getting a professional license.
  • If you were trying to rent an apartment, your prospective landlord will see the assault charge.
  • It will prevent you from buying a handgun or hunting rifle.

Get Prompt, Aggressive Legal Help for Any Family Violence Charge

Whenever possible, don't plead guilty to a domestic assault charge. Contact a Fort Bend criminal defense lawyer at The Law Office of J. Michael Threadgill, for a free initial phone consultation.

Sometimes your case may be reduced or dismissed without trial. Some involve a detailed affidavit of non-prosecution from the complaining witness that serves to raise a legal defense. (Remember that her/his willingness simply to drop the case is not ordinarily enough.) Others may also involve you taking an anger management class while the case is pending. Still others require nothing short of attacking the alleged victim’s credibility through an investigation aimed to expose the complete falsity of her (or his) family violence allegation. Whichever tactic is called for, know that Mr. Threadgill stands ready to fight for you, even proceeding to trial with you to protect your rights when necessary. For sound advice and defense after an assault or domestic violence arrest, contact his Sugar Land office to schedule a free initial consultation.

Domestic Violence Defenses

There is no other area of the law more prone to false accusations than domestic violence. Many times, a spouse or partner may accuse someone of a domestic violence act for their own personal gain. This may be due to a pending divorce or child custody suit. When an officer is called to the scene of a domestic disturbance, they are prepared to make an arrest and rarely investigate the situation fully or properly determine who the aggressor actually was. This can lead to the law enforcement officer making a number of possible mistakes. In these situations, it is vitally important to seek the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Michael Threadgill.

Consequently, possible defenses that Mr. Threadgill may consider include (but are not limited to):

  • Actual innocence: the defendant did not commit the crime(s) he is accused of. This is often proved by attacking the credibility of the accuser.
  • Self-defense: a person is justified in using force against another when and to the degree the act reasonably believes that the force is immediately necessary to protect the actor against the other’s use of unlawful force. Self defense is not a defense if the other person is simply verbally provoking you.
  • Defense of third person: the defendant reasonably believes that his or her intervention is necessary to protect a third person. A domestic violence conviction can impact every facet of your life, including your employment opportunities, professional licensing, and your access to your children. In addition to the serious criminal penalties, the stigma of being accused or convicted of these types of crimes can follow you for the rest of your life.

Whenever possible, don't plead guilty to a domestic assault charge. Contact a Fort Bend criminal defense lawyer at The Law Office of J. Michael Threadgill, for a free initial phone consultation.

If you have been arrested on domestic violence charges, or if you are currently living in a household experiencing domestic violence, you may have questions about the following areas of law:

  • Restraining / Protective Order Hearings
  • Domestic Assault
  • Domestic Battery
  • Child Abuse