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Houston Domestic Violence Attorney Lloyd S. van Oostenrijk


Domestic violence affects more than a million people each year in the United States.  As a result, law enforcement officials take domestic violence allegations very seriously.  Unfortunately, this can also lead to situations where emotional arguments result in unfair or unfounded allegations of domestic violence, thus placing the person accused in danger of suffering permanent consequences.  Also, domestic violence allegations often arise just before a divorce or other family law proceeding is initiated, thus complicating the civil case as well.

As an experienced criminal-defense attorney, I realize that domestic violence may take many forms but that even a minor incident can lead to arrest and prosecution.  Because a domestic violence conviction–or even deferred adjudication probation–can cause serious professional, personal, and financial consequences, it is imperative that you not just hire any criminal-defense attorney but one who is willing, if necessary, to take your case to trial.

Under the Texas Penal Code, conviction for one of the following charges may carry an affirmative finding of family violence.  Even a misdemeanor conviction with such a finding will permanently bar a person from ever owning or possessing a firearm or ammunition.  Those charges include:

  • Assault
  • Assault Causing Bodily Injury
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Terroristic Threats
  • Stalking

While interference with an emergency phone call is often charged along with other family violence charges, it does not necessarily carry an affirmative finding of family violence.  If you find yourself charged with domestic violence, call me today at 713.665.4400 to schedule an initial consultation.

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