Family violence, also known as domestic violence, is a serious offense in the state of Texas. Three common types of domestic violence include domestic assault, aggravated domestic assault, and continuous violence. A domestic violence act may or may not involve merely physical contact; in some cases, verbal threats can constitute violence.
Domestic assault is an act of violence against a victim who is in an intimate relationship with the defendant. This violence can include only a verbal threat. These relationships must be proven in court and also have their own classification. Aggravated domestic assault is a step further than domestic assault, involving the use of a deadly weapon by the accused. Serious bodily injury to the victim is also deemed “aggravated domestic assault” in the state of Texas. Finally, continuous violence refers to the defendant being involved in two or more domestic assaults.
The types of relationships that can be involved in a domestic assault are as follows:
- Parent of your child
- Current or ex-spouse
- Current or ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend
- Child of current or ex-spouse
- Foster child or parent of a foster child
- Other blood and adopted relatives
Under Texas law, a defendant with a first-time conviction may receive fines and penalties, including a Class A misdemeanor, which can land you up to a year in county jail or a fine as large as $4,000 (or both). However, if a defendant has prior convictions, that can may lead to a higher level of punishment of a third-degree felony. You have typically three years to report a domestic violence case under Texas’ statute of limitations.
What To Do If You’ve Been Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges
If you have been arrested and charged with domestic violence, (or if you’re a victim of domestic violence yourself) do not panic. Gather up all the relevant information regarding your identity and your arrest in question and contact a bail bond company right away. ASAP Bail Bonds is the bail bond company you need to get you out of jail pronto.
At ASAP Bail Bonds, we believe that regardless of your guilt or innocence or even the nature of your charge, nobody deserves to spend time in jail longer than they absolutely have to. With regards to domestic violence, these cases are particularly thorny, since in many cases the only witnesses to the act of domestic violence are the participants themselves.
Moreover, just because there was physical contact doesn’t necessarily mean that it was an act of domestic abuse. Some parties have acted in self-defense during an altercation or to protect other family members – only to be mistakenly arrested and taken for abusers when the police arrive. Sometimes these parties have been victims of domestic violence for many years and finally snapped, standing up to their abusers. Unfortunately, that could lead to misunderstandings on only partial information.
No matter the circumstances of your domestic violence situation – whether you’ve been accused as a perpetrator, ASAP Bail Bonds can help you out. We are experts on many types of bail bonds, from simple cash bail bonds to surety bonds to federal bail bonds. We are available 24/7 through our call center, so call us today to begin the bail bond process and get you the help you need.