Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys in The Woodlands Challenging the Prosecution’s Case Against You
Many people associate domestic violence with physical abuse exclusively. On the contrary, domestic violence or assault comes in many shapes and sizes, from physical to psychological to financial and emotional. The most common criminal cases are domestic assault, aggravated assault, and violence against family members.
Anyone can carry out acts of violence, though domestic violence is specific to violent acts by people with a relationship to each other, such as a spouse, ex-spouse or ex-partner, parent of a child, child of an ex-spouse, or foster child or other blood relatives.
What are Examples of Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is abuse that intentionally or maliciously harms another person. The most common type of domestic violence is physical abuse, though other examples include:
- Psychological abuse
- Financial abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Technological abuse
Outside of physical abuse, other forms of domestic assault might be present on their own—or accompany physical abuse. For instance, an abuser might use fear, blackmail, and threats of violence to control a victim.
When an abuser is persistent in exercising physical abuse or other forms of violence or other family members are aware of it, victims often seek legal help. If you have been charged with domestic violence, it’s time to pick up the phone and get legal help before it’s too late.
Contact Morgan Bourque Attorney at Law, to speak with our experienced criminal defense attorneys: 713-766-3733.
How Can Non-Physical Abuse Be Proven in Court?
Physical abuse is often more straightforward as there are visible signs such as bruises, bumps, injuries, and medical records showing consistent violence. Judges usually respond better to physical evidence, too. In non-physical abuse cases involving financial, sexual, emotional, or technological abuse, criminal defense attorneys must be savvy in using anecdotal evidence to build a case.
This might include pulling texts and emails, showing patterns of non-physical abuse or behavior, sharing personal items such as a journal or diary, or consulting a neutral third-party, such as a therapist specializing in multiple types of abuse.
Suppose you have been accused of non-physical domestic violence. In that case, it’s essential to consider the help of an experienced domestic violence defense lawyer that’s helped successfully defend clients in non-physical abuse cases.
What Evidence is Collected in a Domestic Case?
Domestic violence cases can be challenging to prove without the support of strong witness testimonies and enough evidence to prove wrongdoing. Many situations involve incidents that happen in private without any witnesses or individuals other than the victim and the accused person.
The prosecution will likely use evidence like the below to secure a conviction, while our attorneys will use different angles to poke holes in the case.
- 9-1-1 recordings
- Visible injuries photographed by law enforcement or other family members
- Police reports
- Testimonials from family members, neighbors, co-workers, and other witnesses
- Physical evidence at the scene, including torn clothing, broken furniture, or items around the home
- Medical reports
We can help you understand how the prosecution might use the evidence against you to win the case and how we will fight against it.
How Can a Domestic Violence Defense Attorney Help Me?
Texas domestic violence laws allow for assault charges, and the prosecution will use this to its advantage. With an allegation, whether domestic assault, aggravated domestic assault, or continuous violence against the family, the accused can face anywhere from a year to 99 years—or life in prison—and fines up to $10,000.
Domestic violence charges take a toll on family relationships and lead to other consequences, such as eviction, job stability, immigration status issues, and much more. As the prosecution works to secure a conviction, we will pose challenges and find opportunities to secure a dismissed or reduced sentence.
Contact our domestic violence attorneys with Morgan Bourque Attorney at Law, to discuss the details of your case and how we can best support you: 713-766-3733.