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What is Considered to be Domestic Violence in the State of Texas?


    Domestic Violence Penalties in TexasDomestic violence is one of those offenses that is extremely sensitive. The crime itself is bad enough, but the ripple effect it can leave on a family or loved one can continue for years. Domestic violence laws in Texas essentially cover any harm, either physical or threatening, done to someone within a household, someone within a relationship, and/or to a family member.

    The full legal definition gives more detail, including the feeling of “imminent personal harm,” along with “abuse by a member of a family or household toward a child of the family or household.” The law seeks to prosecute these individuals to the full extent of the law.

    Domestic Violence Penalties in Texas

    Domestic ViolenceAlthough simple assault domestic violence in Texas is a misdemeanor, it is treated much more serious than the misdemeanor label would assume. It is a “Class A” misdemeanor, meaning offenders can serve up to one year behind bars, with more if it is not their first offense. Any repeat domestic violence perpetrators can have their charge bumped up to a third degree felony, which carries a sentence of anywhere from two to 10 years.

    Aggravated assault is an automatic second degree felony, with offenders serving between two to 20 years in prison. This becomes even worse if a weapon is used and that weapon causes significant injury; this classifies as a first degree felony, meaning offenders can do life in prison if found guilty.

    Getting convicted of domestic violence also has peripheral consequences. Any person found guilty of even the misdemeanor charges will be prohibited from carrying firearms for five years. When that five years is up, the individual may be restricted to only keeping the firearm at their residence.

    Some domestic violence convictions also come with the provision that the offender stay away from the victim. This is what is called a “protective order” and can be enforced for up to two years. This prohibits the individual from going anywhere near the victim’s home, place of work, school, or any other known location.

    Domestic Violence Bail Bonds in Texas

    Just like any other crime, those who are accused and charged of domestic violence have the opportunity to be afforded bail. PCS Bail Bonds has served the Fort Worth community for over 25 years and assisted in the bail of all sorts of crimes.

    PCS Bail Bonds is proud of the bail bond services we’ve been able to provide. We’re happy with our contributions to the community and will continue to do our best to provide fast, effective bail bond services. Just call us at (817) 335-1655 or visit should you have any question about court procedures or if you or your loved one is in need of bail.

    Author: Paul Schuder

    Paul Schuder is the owner of PCS Bail Bonds and Profession Court Services (PCS). He is a lifelong resident of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Paul has over twenty years of courthouse experience, and has been in businesses involving the criminal justice system for his entire career. Paul has helped thousands of clients with their pursuit of justice and fair play. Mr. Schuder maintains high levels of respect with all the court house personnel, especially judges and attorneys. Using a close hands-on personal approach and a keen understanding of all cultures, helps people when they need it most. Add me to your G+

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