An accusation of domestic violence or assault can be difficult to overcome. Once a charge is filed, it is no longer up to the alleged abuse victim as to whether charges will be filed or not. The prosecutor takes over, using all of the resources at their disposal. This may all seem overwhelming and the cost of a conviction is high, including the right to custody of your children and visitation. Working with an experienced Texas domestic violence attorney dramatically increases your chance of a successful defense. Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Scot Courtney is highly qualified to represent those accused of domestic abuse. His qualifications and experience level the playing field. When combined with his determination and commitment to each individual he works with, Scot is a formidable legal ally that can be counted on for complete representation.
The Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction
Domestic violence charges are considered to be a crime of “moral turpitude.” This basically means that domestic violence is defined as an “act of baseness, vileness, or depravity” and contrary to community standards. This goes beyond simply how you might be viewed by the rest of the community. The law could view conviction of these crimes as reason to revoke state licenses such as teaching credentials, licenses to practice law, or other professional licenses. In some cases, crimes of moral turpitude can also lead to deportation from the U.S. When you add these penalties to the fact that you may lose custody of your children, spend time in jail, and pay significant fines, it becomes paramount to do everything in your power to fight conviction. A plea may seem the best avenue to put an allegation behind you. To make a decision without qualified legal counsel may end up costing you far more than you know. We can help. Contact our office immediately.
A Domestic Violence Charge Can’t Simply “Be Dropped”
When domestic violence allegations are made, they can’t be dropped by the accusing party. Accusations made in the heat of an emotional moment can start a cycle where the person accused of abuse becomes the victim. The District Attorney decides whether charges are filed or not and will base their decision on a number of factors, including if there have been previous acts of domestic violence. Other factors determine if the charge is a misdemeanor or felony. Verbal threats can be extremely damaging in domestic cases, regardless of actual physical abuse. Aggressively challenging allegations is the best way to avoid a conviction or plea bargain that can follow you for the rest of your life.
Experienced Domestic Violence Lawyer & Protective Order Defense Attorney
The legal system can often be manipulated by those with an agenda. This is especially true in the area of domestic violence. The first thing to do following an investigation or arrest is to hire an experienced domestic violence lawyer. Scot Courtney has focused on criminal defense and domestic violence law for more than 2 decades. An undivided focus is necessary in these matters because the implications of conviction can last a lifetime. Allegations of domestic violence are embarrassing, but having a conviction on your criminal record may compromise your ability for employment and other hopes in the future as well as take away valuable rights.