In Texas, varying circumstances could constitute domestic violence. These criminal acts are connected to an intent to do bodily harm. These actions could also include provocative or sexual contact that is unwanted. Local criminal attorneys provide legal assistance for any individual who is facing a domestic violence charge.
Identifying the True Victim
When officers arrive on the scene, they may not identify the true victim. Too often they establish that the victim is the individual with the most severe injuries. When this occurs, individuals are accused falsely of these heinous crimes.
An investigation of these crimes could determine the true victim. However, if this victim doesn’t come forward and file a report against their attacker, their attacker could present false evidence to shift the blame onto them. Individuals who are the true victims should discuss their attacks with their attorney and acquire evidence to support their claim.
When a Protection Order Has Been Issued
A protection order is issued by the court to prevent further attacks. The order prevents the identified attacker from visiting areas such as the victim’s home and office. If the victim is a child, the court may include their school as a restricted area.
If the individual has a history of drug and alcohol abuse, these actions could be included as prohibited actions. If the individual is found under the influence of these substances and around the victim they violate the court order.
Reviewing Further Violations
At any time that the defendant violates the protection order they are subject to additional charges. Each violation is considered a separate act and accumulates a separate charge. When the victim reports violations of this order, law enforcement officers are required to arrest the defendant on site. The accused is required to attend a separate court hearing or trial for each individual charge.
In Texas, domestic violence is classified as violent actions against a household member, relative, or former romantic partner. The classification does include child who live in or once lived in the same household as the defendant. Anyone who is facing a domestic abuse should contact an attorney to acquire legal representation immediately.