Experienced Attorneys for Domestic Violence Cases in San Antonio
A violent action that occurs within the home or other safe space is known as domestic violence. Domestic violence often involves a significant other, be it spouse, fiancé(e), or boyfriend/girlfriend.
A common misconception is that women are the sole victims of domestic violence. While women are often victims, men can also press charges against women spouses or partners.
Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse, carries many serious allegations that can ruin the lives of anyone accused of engaging in such activities. Actions that classify as domestic abuse include:
If you have allegedly manipulated someone to make him or her feel bad, this is known as emotional abuse. Emotional abuse is a difficult allegation, as there is often no physical evidence left behind to give conclusive proof of psychological damage.
There are still elements that a court could use to charge you with emotional abuse. Any of the following actions could qualify as abuse:
Telling the alleged victim that no one would ever want them
Telling a child about marital or relationship issues
Destruction of property
Name calling, insulting or verbally assaulting a person using your words is verbal abuse. Verbal abuse can incite emotional abuse, but can also be more direct than emotionally abusive action.
Some signs of emotionally abusive relationships that a court may look for include:
Fear of disagreement with a partner
Fear of the alleged victim spending time doing his or her own activities
The alleged victim fears that the accused will commit suicide if the victim leaves
The alleged victim claims the accused turns into different people
Spousal abuse is any abuse that may be directed at a partner or spouse with whom you are engaged in a relationship. The spousal abuse itself is not a separate charge but is a major contributing factor toward successful accusations of domestic violence. This violence can also happen during sex or in a sexual or intimate environment.
Family violence is any abuse (including sexual) that is directed not just to a partner or spouse, but to a child or children, grandchildren, grandparents and any family members which are within your home.
Penalties of Domestic Violence
If you are found guilty of alleged domestic violence, you could be charged with a first-degree felony, with up to 99 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
Some of the big deciding factors in prosecution of domestic violence include:
Your relationship to the alleged victim
If you have prior convictions of domestic violence
If it is alleged that you choked or suffocated the alleged victim
Accused of Domestic Violence?
The Law Office of LaHood and Calfas can help you. Our team has helped hundreds of people with domestic violence charges work toward getting the best results possible in their cases. We can create a defense that is designed to help you. Contact our office if you are in San Antonio and need help.