Domestic Abuse / Family Violence
Fort Bend County Domestic Assault Lawyers
Most couples learn to resolve their differences or even end their relationships without resorting to domestic assault or family violence. Sometimes, however, even good people gets so stressed out and feel so overwhelmed that they lose it even for a moment and strike out at their partner or another family member in a physical way.
The attorneys of James Sullivan & Associates are experienced in defending individuals in family violence cases. You can contact the firm and have a free telephone consultation with a trial attorney. Call 281-546-6428 to get the information you need to move forward.
Convictions for Family or Dating Violence Have Severe Consequences
Depending on the circumstances, the prosecutors can charge Assault Family Violence either as a:
· misdemeanor, or a
A Class A Misdemeanor Assault means that a person caused bodily injury (or pain) to their partner. If the person used a deadly weapon in the domestic assault, then it is a Felony Aggravated Assault. If the person choked their partner or impeded their breathing, then it is also a Felony. No matter the level of the criminal offense charged, you can expect the court to order you out of your home and have no contact until the case is resolved with your partner, spouse or family member.
Consequences for those who are found guilty of assault family violence may include:
· Jail or prison time
· Community Supervision (Probation)
· Community service
· Inability to own or purchase a firearm
· Protective orders and limitations on parenting time
· Anger management or BIPP counseling
The Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office takes accusations of domestic violence seriously. The prosecutors immediately call the alleged victim to get their statement as to what happened. The prosecutors lock in the emotional stress of the event by obtaining their immediate statement. However, facts tend to change and the importance of the incident significantly lessens frequently after a short cooling off time.
Arrested for Assault Family Violence? Contact James Sullivan & Associates at 281-546-6428.
Defending a Sugar Land Assault Family Violence Charge
Assault against a family member is very serious and can have far reaching consequences. The accused may be permanently barred from working in certain industries. The accused may be denied housing in apartment complexes. If you are charged with assault family violence, you should seek legal advice from experienced criminal defense lawyers.
The defense lawyers of James Sullivan & Associates fight to get their client’s assault family violence charges dismissed or won at trial. Other domestic assault lawyers may choose to arrange a plea bargain for their clients; however, this may not be in the client’s best interest. While it is true that a defendant who successfully completes a deferred adjudication probation will not have a conviction on their record, it is also true that if that person ever gets arrested again for assault family violence then he or she will be charged with a third degree felony and if found guilty could be sentenced to between 2 to 10 years in prison.
Negotiating a plea deal with prosecutors should be the last resort. A good domestic assault lawyer will first investigate the case, interview witnesses, analyze physical evidence and review witness statements in the offense report for inconsistencies. Such a defense attorney will also consider possible motives for making false allegations, such as jealousy, revenge or child custody issues. Even in cases of actual physical injury, it may be possible to negotiate a case dismissal with completion of a counseling program.
Need Legal Advice? Call James Sullivan & Associates at 281-546-6428.
Contact a Sugar Land Assault Family Violence Lawyer
James Sullivan graduated from the Trial Lawyers College founded by Legendary lawyer Gerry Spence and was invited to join The National Trial Lawyers organization. Sullivan has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout Texas. This is one of his many client reviews on AVVO:
I owe Jim Sullivan my life. Approximately 6 months ago I was charged with and arrested for Assault Family Violence against my wife. I was faced with losing my livelihood, good reputation, and ability to earn a living in the future. From the moment I contacted Jim he was very professional, and explained every step of the process to me. He was prompt in returning my phone calls and discussed my case with me in great detail. Most importantly, he believed in my innocence and never wavered in his defense on my behalf.Jim kept me in a positive frame of mind, and was confident that the State would have to dismiss the charges, or that I would be found Not Guilty if we went to trial. He thoroughly studied my case and compelled the State to do the right thing. On the day of the trial, the State dismissed my case without prejudice. I was so overjoyed and was overjoyed to have my life back. Jim never doubted for one minute that the outcome would be positive. I cannot thank Jim enough for his professionalism, faith in me, and relentless pursuit for justice. There should be more attorneys like him, and I would recommend his services to anyone in need of a good attorney.
–Posted by M.J. on April 30, 2014
Contact James Sullivan & Associates for a free phone consultation at 281-546-6428 about your family violence charges in Fort Bend County, Harris County, Montgomery County and Brazoria County.