Without a reputable lawyer on your side, you run the risk of serious consequences:
A first offense of domestic assault is a class A misdemeanor, which can bring up to a year in county jail and a $4,000 fine.
A second domestic violence conviction can be a third-degree felony, which means up to 10 years in the state penitentiary and a $10,000 fine. You can be convicted of a third-degree felony regardless of whether you were arrested for or convicted of prior assault. For this reason alone, it is important to retain an attorney if you face any charge of domestic violence.
The most serious penalty for a domestic violence case in Travis County is a first-degree felony, which can carry up to 99 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Because your freedom and assets are at stake if you are convicted, you need an attorney on your side.
When determining which type of penalty they will issue, the court will consider:
- Your relationship to your accuser
- Any history of domestic violence convictions
- The nature of the alleged act of violence