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Understanding domestic violence charges and related orders

Domestic violence is a complicated issue that includes more than the initial charge. It often includes restraining or protective orders as well. You should be familiar the facets of a domestic violence charge in Texas in order to protect yourself from further allegations. Here at R. Todd Bennett, we understand the complexities of these charges, and we want to help our clients receive fair and honest treatment throughout the investigation.

A domestic violence charge could be either a misdemeanor or a felony. If it is not your first charge, it will probably be classified as a felony. It will also be considered a felony if it is alleged that you inflicted serious bodily harm. If the alleged attack resulted in bodily harm, you will likely be charged with a misdemeanor. You could face a year of jail time, even for the first misdemeanor offense.

You should also know the difference between restraining orders and protective orders, depending on your individual case. According to the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, protective orders tend to be more extensive, and violations of the order may result in severe punishment from the court. This order could prohibit you from contacting your accuser in any way, and you may have to move out of your home for the duration of the trial. Protective orders vary depending on the situation. It is important to know exactly what the order entails, so that you do not unintentionally violate its terms. Even someone who is still in a relationship with you or living with you could file for a protective order. He or she could also request it even if no physical violence has taken place.

More information about domestic abuse accusations can be found on our web page.

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