Dallas Domestic Violence Attorneys
The possible consequences of a domestic violence conviction can be life-changing. Since Dallas prosecutors will be likely to take an aggressive stance against you, it will be critical that you do everything in your power to defend your rights and protect your future. Whatever the particulars of your charges happen to be, our Dallas legal team can help you make informed decisions about what course of action will be best suited to your defense.
At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, our Dallas domestic violence attorneys understand just how much will be at stake in your case; we are dedicated to helping you fight to maintain your rights and protect your future from the potential consequences of a conviction.
Domestic Violence Charges in Dallas
Broadly describing any act of violence between occupants of a home, parents and their children, and married spouses, domestic violence charges may be further categorized as the following:
- Sexual Assault
- Violations of Protective Orders
- Domestic Abuse Allegations in Divorce Proceedings
Though the potential consequences of these charges may be severe, you will still have an opportunity to present your case and defend yourself before the court.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Domestic Violence
Does an alleged victim have the power to drop criminal charges?
Not on their own. A prosecutor alone has the power to dismiss criminal charges, and they may be willing to proceed with a criminal case even when an alleged victim is uncooperative. An alleged victim could submit an affidavit of non-prosecution, which is a legal document in which an alleged victim expresses their desire for a criminal case to be dismissed or not prosecuted. While an affidavit of non-prosecution can be helpful, it is not any guarantee that the prosecutor will abandon the criminal case.
How does a domestic violence conviction impact my firearm rights?
Texas law states that a person convicted of a Class A misdemeanor domestic violence assault or a felony domestic violence conviction involving a member of the person’s family or household is banned from possessing firearms for five years after their release from prison or community supervision.
Who is considered a family member in Texas?
Under Texas law, family members include:
- Former spouses of each other and their children
- Married or unmarried individuals who are the parents of the same child
- Foster parents and foster children (whether they reside together or not)
- Adopted children and their adoptive parents
- Two people who are dating or have dated
What can a court do in a protection order?
Protection orders can spell out any number of requirements that a court wants an alleged offender to satisfy for the protection of an alleged victim. A protection order can make an alleged offender refrain from all contact with an alleged victim, stay away from the alleged victim’s home or workplace, and relinquish possession of firearms.
Can I seal or expunge my record if I am convicted of family violence?
No. Family violence offenses cannot be expunged or excluded from public disclosure.
Dallas Domestic Violence Statistics
The Annual Summary Report: 2016-2017 for the City of Dallas Domestic Violence Task Force by the Institute for Urban Policy Research (IUPR) at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) found that, in 2016, there were 15,566 domestic violence offenses reported to the Dallas Police Department and almost 8,000 victims turned away from shelters due to a lack of space.
In 2017, 15,347 domestic violence-related offenses were reported to the Dallas Police Department and 13,378 victims were turned away from shelters because of a lack of space.
The Domestic Violence Task Force Annual Report published in October 2018 reported that there were 32 homicides by intimate partners between 2014 and 2018, and 75% of the homicide victims were killed in their homes (71% of the homicide victims were killed with a firearm). There was an average of 19 domestic violence arrests a day in Dallas during the same timeframe.
Additionally, the report stated that there were 219 protection order violations between June 1, 2017, to May 31, 2018.
The report also stated that there were 1,283 aggravating factors in criminal cases for domestic violence in 2017-2018, which was a decrease from the 1,366 aggravation factors in domestic violence criminal cases for 2016-2017.
The numbers for aggravating factors in domestic violence cases for 2017-18 include:
- 96 for continuous family violence,
- 581 for impeding breathing, strangulation, or suffocation
- 438 for assault
- 28 for stalking
- 68 for misdemeanor violation of protection order
- 72 for felony violation of protection order
Families to Freedom, Inc. reported that the 29,905 family violence calls to the Dallas Police Department Family Violence unit in 2015-2016 were the highest in five years. There were also 2,029 felony domestic violence cases before a Grand Jury and 4,011 domestic violence cases filed in Dallas.
According to Families to Freedom, Inc., Dallas also saw 178 violations of protective orders and 158 women killed by domestic violence during that same time period
Consult with a Domestic Violence Attorney in Dallas
If you have been charged with domestic violence in Dallas, you should speak with one of the Dallas domestic violence attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter to begin developing a comprehensive legal defense. To begin discussing the particulars of your case with one of our Dallas criminal defense attorneys, please call our Dallas offices at (214) 845-7007 today.