Fort Worth Domestic Violence Lawyer
Youngblood Law, PLLC protects victims of domestic violence by helping them obtain protective orders.
Domestic Violence in Fort Worth
Intimate partner violence is a much bigger problem than many people realize. In Texas alone, 40.1 percent of women and 34.9 percent of men will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Unfortunately, domestic violence often escalates and can be deadly. If you have been abused, contact a Fort Worth domestic violence lawyer today.
Youngblood Law, PLLC strives to protect victims of domestic violence. We accomplish this by obtaining protective orders and exploring other options. Contact us today to begin the process.
What Is Domestic Violence?
Texas law states that someone has committed domestic violence if he or she intentionally or knowingly:
- Causes bodily injury
- Threatens to cause bodily injury
- Places a victim in fear of imminent injury
- Causes contact with someone while knowing the individual will find it offensive or provocative
Family And Dating Violence
Family and dating violence are both forms of domestic violence. Family violence refers to actions taken against a member of the person’s household or family. This can include the spouse, child, sibling, and other household members. Dating violence is defined as violence against someone the person is dating. For example, if you are dating someone and that person causes bodily injury, he or she has committed dating violence.
If you are the victim of family or dating violence, you can file criminal charges against the perpetrator. In addition, you can apply for a protective order. Your Fort Worth domestic violence lawyer will discuss all of your options and then create a plan to keep you safe moving forward.
Your Fort Worth domestic violence attorney will likely begin by filling for a protective order. Unlike a restraining order, judges have a great deal of discretion when determining what to include in protective orders. Also, protective orders are enforced by law enforcement, while restraining orders are only enforced by the courts.
Your attorney will review your situation to determine what needs to be included in the protective order. Some options include forcing the abuser to leave the marital residence while also stopping all contact and communication. The judge can also prevent the abuser from going near your kids and their schools. In addition, the abuser can be denied the right to own a firearm and more. Judges typically grant protective orders for up to two years, although they can last longer. In fact, some protective orders are in effect for the entirety of the abuser’s life.
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What If The Abuser Violates The Protective Order?
The state of Texas takes protective order violations very seriously. Contact law enforcement if the abuser violates the order. The officers can choose to arrest and charge the abuser. If the abuser continues to violate the order, he or she can be charged with a felony. While law enforcement typically handles these matters, you can also reach out to your Fort Worth domestic violence lawyer. Your attorney will advocate for you to ensure you receive the protection the judge granted in the order.
Evidence Required For Protective Orders
Your Fort Worth domestic violence lawyer will present evidence to support your petition for a protective order. This can include police reports, criminal charges, photographs, medical records, and more. In addition, the attorney will present evidence to show that the abuser still poses a risk to your safety. If you are unsure if you have enough evidence to prove domestic violence, speak to an attorney. You might not be aware of the amount of evidence you already have, even if you did not contact the police.
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