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If you have been accused of committing domestic violence in Plano, do not hesitate to contact an experienced defense attorney immediately to discuss your legal options. Lanzillo Law, PLLC is led by a passionate lawyer who has only ever worked on the side of the defendant. He is personally and professionally committed to the cause of the accused, and he has the extensive trial experience to know the most optimal strategies for your courtroom defense. Whether you have been accused of domestic assault or violating a protective order, Lanzillo Law, PLLC is here to defend you.
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What Is Domestic Assault?
Domestic violence is violence committed against a family or household member, such as a former spouse or other relative by blood or marriage.
Domestic assault is when someone does the following to a household or family member:
- Purposely or carelessly causes bodily injury
- Intentionally threatens another with imminent bodily injury
- Intentionally engages in provocative or offensive contact
For instance, domestic assault can be hitting, kicking, choking, slapping, or threatening to do any of these types of harm. Domestic assault in Texas also includes reckless behavior and provocative or offensive conduct, such as pushing someone without initially intending to injure them. Domestic assault can also include getting in someone's space or pushing up against them in a sexually suggestive way.
In situations where the offender allegedly committed aggravated domestic assault that caused serious bodily injury to another or that involved the use or exhibition of a deadly weapon, the offense is considered aggravated domestic assault. “Serious bodily injury” is harm like broken bones, loss of limbs, or injuries requiring surgery or hospitalization.
Penalties Upon Conviction
Domestic assault is penalized as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances.
- Class C misdemeanor: Domestic assault involving threats of harm or provocative or offensive contact is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500
- Class A misdemeanor: If the alleged victim suffered bodily injury, the offense is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine
- Third-degree felony: A domestic assault involving injury is a third-degree felony if the defendant has any prior domestic assault convictions or the offense involved strangulation or suffocation; this carries penalties of two to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine
- Second-degree felony: General offenses of aggravated domestic assault are second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and $10,000 in fines
- First-degree felony: Aggravated domestic assault involving a deadly weapon and that causes serious bodily injury to the alleged victim is a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years or life in prison and a $10,000 fine
All individuals convicted of domestic violence will lose the right to possess firearms. These are typically lifetime bans.
Violating a Protective Order
Violating a family protective order is also a serious domestic violence offense. Such a violation can occur in several different ways, depending on the terms of the order.
For legal support to face your domestic violence accusations, contact Lanzillo Law, PLLC. Attorney Lanzillo is committed to fighting for defendants and has the trial experience and skill necessary to strategize your way through court.
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