Rules to Follow if You are Facing Domestic Violence Charges in Texas

Being convicted of domestic abuse in Texas can have serious repercussions, including damage to your personal and professional reputations, facing a permanent criminal record, experiencing difficulty finding a job, and, being subjected to potential jail time and harsh monetary fines and penalties.  With this in mind, it is important to speak with a qualified domestic abuse attorney to help you.  Only an attorney who knows the judges, prosecuting attorneys and the applicable court system is in the best position to fight for your rights and potentially have your case lowered (if not dismissed).   During the time that you are trying to find the right attorney, it is important to consider some helpful rules when facing domestic abuse charges.  Following these rules can help avoid further complication and also, potential legal mistakes that can ultimately cost you your freedom.  These are:

  • Rule #1.  Realize that no matter what you say, there is likely nothing you can do to convince the prosecutor that the alleged abuse did not occur.  With this in mind, it is important to consult with an experienced domestic abuse attorney to review your case and advise you of your legal options.
  • Rule #2.   Do not expect your case to be dismissed, even if your accuser has a change of heart.  Due to strict Texas public policy laws against domestic violence, a prosecutor will likely not drop your case even if the alleged victim recants his or her story.  For example, Texas’ “no drop” policy as well as a prosecutor’s need to meet certain case quotas, receiving an outright dismissal of your case is highly unlikely.  It is critical that you speak with an attorney who can review your case and review the scope of defense strategies that effectively address your charges.
  • Rule #3.  Do not talk to your prosecutor without having your attorney present.  Everything you say and do can be used against you when speaking with a prosecutor.  That is why it is important to remain silent and to have your attorney by your side when speaking with anyone who can use information to potentially incriminate you.
  • Rule #4.  Never try to reason with a prosecutor.  This also includes making sure that your loved ones avoid doing so on your behalf.  Unknowingly, things people say, even in your defense, can not only be used against you in court, they may also be recorded.  Only an attorney who knows the criminal system both inside and out can put you (and your witnesses) in the best position to cooperate with the prosecution without incriminating yourself.
  • Rule #5.  Do not represent yourself.  Understandably, legal fees can be expensive. However, a domestic abuse case, without effective representation, can cost you a lot more than just money.  You could face a litany of serious consequences, including extended jail time and the inability to see your children.  Don’t take unnecessary chances.  Even if you have to borrow money from friends or family, it is always a good idea to have a qualified criminal defense attorney to ensure that your rights are protected from day one.

If you are currently facing domestic violence charges in Texas, it is important to work with a seasoned criminal defense lawyer to represent you.  For more than three decades, our office has successfully defended thousands of people located throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area in all types of criminal matters – regardless of how challenging or complex.  If you would like to speak to Mr. Pettit about your case, contact our firm today by calling 214-521-4567.  We accept most major credit cards and provide bilingual services in Spanish.


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