We Have the Experience and Legal Advocacy Skills Necessary to Fight Criminal Assault Charges, including Family Violence Assault Charges

Serving the Families of North Texas Including the Lewisville, Denton, and Frisco Areas

Fist punching and breaking glassAssault crimes are some of the most commonly charged crimes in Denton and North Texas. The Texas Penal Code defines many types of Assault crimes with varying degrees of severity, classifying some as misdemeanors and some as felonies. Included in this list of Assault crimes are those related to family violence (often referred to as domestic violence).

Family Violence Assault Charges

Many of our clients face various family violence criminal charges, including Assault of a Family Member and related offenses. Unfortunately, far too many simple misunderstandings between spouses, unmarried couples, and other family members escalate into serious arguments and fights. A civil conversation can quickly spiral into a situation where threats are made and objects start flying. Physical violence may erupt, such as pushing, shoving, hitting, and more.

During one of these domestic violence incidents, a person may contact law enforcement for a number of reasons, including fear of safety, anger, spite, and more. Once contacted, Texas law requires officers to arrest and charge someone with a crime of family violence (even if there are no signs that an incident occurred, no signs of injury, and even if the accuser recants his or her allegations). This is because public policy dictates that allegations of family violence must be treated very seriously, and law enforcement is guided by the principle of “better safe than sorry.”

In many cases, arrests are necessary and truly warranted. Unfortunately, in other cases, untrue accusations based on ulterior motives or made in the heat of the moment result in unnecessary arrests and charges. It is a sad reality that many baseless claims of domestic violence overshadow the very serious, legitimate domestic violence incidents that true victims encounter.

Accusations, Arrests, and Charges

An accusation of criminal Assault- let alone a conviction – may negatively impact your life in countless ways. If someone has accused you of Assault, especially Assault of a Family Member, it is important to be proactive and contact The Law Office of Gregory C. Goline, PLLC right away. This type of situation can escalate quickly; and you do not want to be caught off guard.

What Not to Do

Despite feeling incredibly anxious and/or scared to death about what Assault charges actually mean,  it is important to keep your wits about you and not do something you might regret.

Here is a brief list of what you should definitely NOT do if you find yourself unexpectedly arrested for the alleged commission of Assault (particularly related to family violence):

  • Do NOT freak out;
  • Do NOT in any way, shape, or form retaliate against anyone who accused you of assault or other awful things;
  • Do NOT try to talk it over with the person who accused you of assault;
  • Do NOT go near the accuser.

Doing any of these things may severely jeopardize your case and may result in another arrest and additional criminal charges.

Assault Crimes as Defined by the State of Texas

The Texas Penal Code identifies state crimes that may be charged to individuals in the State of Texas. The Code also sets forth the elements of each crime.

The Penal Code provides that assault may be defined as follows:

  • Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury to another, including the person’s spouse;
  • Intentionally or knowingly threatening another with imminent bodily injury, including the person’s spouse; or
  • Intentionally or knowingly causing physical contact with another when the person knows or should reasonably believe that the other will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.

As with many other Texas crimes, assault crimes may be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the specific allegations.

Family Violence Assault Crimes

In Texas, Family Violence Assault Crimes are assault crimes specific to domestic violence situations. Some Family Violence Assault crimes that we routinely handle include the following:

  • Assault to a Family Member (Causing Bodily Injury)
    • This offense is classified as a Class A Misdemeanor
  • Assault of a Family Member by Impeding Breath (i.e., choking)
    • This serious offense is a 3rd Degree Felony
  • Assault of a Family Member (by someone with a prior assault)
    • This crime is a 3rd Degree Felony
  • Assault of a Family Member (by someone who committed this crime two times within 12 months)
    • This crime is a 3rd Degree Felony

**Note: We have the experience and training to understand just how important it is for us as Assault and Family Violence Assault crime defense attorneys to be familiar with the meaning and definition of every word and phrase contained in your charges as well as the laws of the Penal Code. During case preparation, we also research all new, relevant caselaw that may clarify or provide additional guidance.

Let Our Experience, Specialized Knowledge, and Successful Track Record Work for You

At The Law Office of Gregory C. Goline, PLLC, we have significant experience representing clients charged with all types of Assault crimes – including sexual assault crimes, family violence assault crimes, and other assault crimes intertwined with existing family law matters.

Our legal team has a very good track record in obtaining many dismissals of Assault crimes, particularly those related to family violence. We know your available options; and, if appropriate, we will advocate for the dismissal of your case.

At The Law Office of Gregory C. Goline, PLLC, we let our vast experience and our sharp legal skills speak for themselves each and every time we handle any type of matter for our clients. That being said, we are proud of our firm’s accomplishments. We work hard to maintain our reputation as a good criminal defense firm with reasonable, compassionate, experienced, and highly-skilled criminal defense lawyers who can be quite tenacious if necessary.

Contact Us Today

Call our firm today at  (940) 465-9872 to schedule a complimentary initial consultation, at which time we can discuss your case and answer any questions you may have about us and our approach to our cases. Let us help you fight a conviction and protect your legal rights.