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Attorneys Protecting Your Rights And Freedom Against Domestic Violence Charges

Few accusations carry the immediate stigma of being labeled a domestic abuser. Yet, because family dynamics are complex and most arguments take place behind closed doors, it is all too easy for false narratives to spread, threatening a person’s reputation as well as their freedom.

If you’ve been charged with domestic violence in the San Antonio area, contact our skilled defense attorneys at Ruiz & Associates, PLLC. As a client, you can expect personalized service and attention in addition to courtroom-ready representation. These are some of the many hallmarks of the practice that set our firm apart.

An Overview Of Domestic Violence Laws In Texas

In Texas, domestic violence is often referred to as “assault on a family member.” Under state law, domestic violence is defined as an act by a member of a family or household that is intended to result in physical harm or bodily injury, or a threat that reasonably places the other person in fear of imminent physical harm. This doesn’t just mean hitting or physical attacks; it can also include threats, emotional abuse, or other actions meant to control or hurt a family member.

The relationships that might be involved in domestic violence cases include:

  • Current or former spouses
  • Parents of the same child, regardless of marriage
  • Foster parents and foster children
  • Relatives by blood, marriage, or adoption
  • Current or former live-in partners or housemates
  • Individuals who are or were in a continuing romantic or intimate relationship

Domestic violence offenses can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Penalties for conviction can be severe, including jail time, fines, and other criminal consequences.

How Charges Can Impact Your Child Custody Or Divorce Case

Domestic violence accusations or charges alone (prior to a conviction) can have a serious negative impact on family law proceedings. While it is unclear what percentage of domestic violence allegations are false, family law disputes are a well-known reason why someone might make a false accusation.

If your spouse or co-parent has accused you of committing domestic violence, it could greatly impact your life and the outcome of your family law matter. For instance, a restraining order could force you out of a shared home and/or greatly limit your contact with your children. The accusations would also weigh heavily in a judge’s decision when awarding custody.

We Can Assist You In All Aspects Of Your Case

Our firm offers representation in criminal defense and family law. As such, our attorneys understand how domestic violence allegations can threaten both your freedom and your parental rights. They are ready to help you push back against false or exaggerated claims of domestic violence, protect your child custody rights and ensure that a judge is able to hear your side of the story.

Discuss Your Legal Options During An Initial Consultation

From our office in San Antonio, Ruiz & Associates, PLLC, serves clients throughout the surrounding areas of Texas. To schedule an initial consultation about your criminal charges and/or your family law matter, contact us online or call Ruiz & Associates, PLLC, today.