Domestic Assault

Domestic assault is defined under Texas Penal Code § 22.01. Unfortunately, the offense, due to the fact it takes place in the context of family violence or dating violence, can carry grievous penalties. Prosecutors in Texas take domestic assault very seriously, so it is imperative to seek the help of an experienced domestic violence lawyer.

Domestic assault offenses can be considered either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances of the incident. If you are under investigation for domestic assault, do not wait much longer. it is essential that you have your case examined by a proven legal professional that can look after your interests.

Travis County Domestic Assault Lawyer, TX

If you have been arrested for domestic assault in TX, you don’t have to face these consequences alone. You can have an experienced Travis County defense attorney on your side, advocating aggressively for you. Allow Jackson F. Gorski at The Law Office of Jackson F. Gorski, who is a practiced defense lawyer, to fight for you.

He will keep you informed of every step throughout the process. To schedule a free consultation, contact The Law Office of Jackson F. Gorski at 512-960-4646. The Law Office of Jackson F. Gorski serves clients in Austin and Georgetown and accepts clients in other various counties including Williamson County, Travis County, Hays County, Caldwell County, Bell County, Lee County, Bastrop County, Milam County, and Burnett County.

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Domestic Assault Definition

Whenever the police arrest and charge an individual with a crime, it is vital for the individual to become familiar with the law. In Texas, Penal Code §22.01 describes the elements for domestic assault (a.k.a. simple assault). An individual commits domestic assault if they:

  • Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly cause bodily injury to another, including the individual’s spouse
  • Intentionally or knowingly threaten another, including the individual’s spouse, with imminent bodily injury
  • Intentionally or knowingly cause physical contact between themself and another person when they know or should reasonably believe it would offend or provoke that person

For example, the individual commits assault even if they swing at someone and miss.

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Penalties for Domestic Assault in Texas

Domestic assault is classified as a Class A misdemeanor. However, if the individual commits a domestic assault against someone they’re dating or living with, or a public servant such as a police officer, this crime escalates into a 3rd-degree felony.

This crime also escalates if the individual uses a deadly weapon or has prior convictions. Otherwise, a simple Class A misdemeanor assault is punishable by up to twelve months in jail and a fine of up to $4000.

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Defenses for Domestic Assault

Fortunately, everyone is innocent until a jury finds them guilty. How does the individual argue their innocence to jurors? By having their defense attorneys argue legal defenses in court. No matter how terrible a crime an individual is accused of, there are defenses available to them. Some defenses include:

  • False accusation
  • Mistaken identity
  • Self-defense

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Additional Resources

Family Violence Program – The Texas Health and Human Services’ website lists a description of family violence, legal assistance available, and other aid available for survivors in Texas. It also includes a list of shelters throughout Texas by city.

Is Your Anger Out Of Control? – The University of Texas at Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center’s website provides this article that may be helpful to anger management and prevention.

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Georgetown Domestic Assault Lawyer, TX

Accusations for domestic assault can result in serious repercussions and can result in you facing imprisonment, steep fines, and a permanent criminal record. To avoid this or reduce your chances of having harsh penalties, it is best to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. Travis County defense attorney Jackson Gorski is skilled in defending individuals facing a variety of family violence cases such as domestic assault.

To discuss all of your legal options, contact The Law Office of Jackson F. Gorski at 512-960-4646. If you reside in Austin, Georgetown, Jollyville, Lockhart, Round Rock, Kyle, Lakeway, Cedar Park, Anderson Mill, Taylor, Canyon Lake, or Seguin, TX, allow Mr. Gorski to build a strong defense on your behalf.

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