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Texas Charges: Is It Family Violence or Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence affects over 200,000 victims each year in Texas alone. Our state has strict laws against offenders who commit acts of domestic violence, but not all domestic violence charges are the same.

If you have been charged with violent crimes that happened in your home, get to know the difference between charges like “domestic violence” and “family violence.” The more you know about the charges you face, the better equipped you will be to fight these charges and walk away without penalties.

What Is Domestic Violence under Texas Law?

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What’s the Victim’s Role in Getting Texas DV Charges Dismissed?

Celebrity chef Grady Spears was recently arrested for assaulting his wife after police arrived on the scene due to a domestic violence complaint and found his wife covered in bruises. His wife stated at the scene that Spears had hit her multiple times.

However, Spears’ wife says that he had been taking medications for his back pain and potentially for other health conditions, but stopped taking the medication as directed. She contends that that is why the assault occurred.

She also stated that he is a “loving husband and father” and is “devastated by the allegations against him.” Spears’ case is still pending, but his wife’s statements may well be helpful in getting his case dismissed. [...]

What to Expect If You Are Charged with Domestic Violence in Texas

If you are facing charges of domestic violence in Texas, learning more about the laws and potential penalties can help you understand how to get the best chance at a positive outcome.

Domestic Violence and Relationships

In order for something to qualify as an act of domestic violence, there must be an intimate relationship between the offender and the victim.

Examples include the following:

  • Person related by blood or marriage
  • Spouse or former spouse
  • Dating partner or former dating partner
  • Parent of the offender’s children
  • Parents
  • Children
  • Foster parents
  • Foster children
  • Members of the same household

A skilled Texas criminal attorney will be able to explain how charges apply in your situation. [...]