My ex and I have history of domestic violence (Where I'm the victim) I've made at least 5 reports against him on occasions. However, we recently got into another argument that led to him jumping on my car to prevent me from leaving. He pressed charges against me accusing me of running him over. No serious bodily injury. But my windshield did break. About 2 moths prior to this incident he burglarized my apt. and went to jail. Now he wants to return the favor. He was issued a no contact order to not be within so many feet of the apt. The date I was accused he was in violation of this order. My lawyer presented this to the DA in hopes of A dismissal , but it was just another reset. Is there a possible way that it could get dismissed another way? I have 1 witness that saw him jump on the car.
Anything is possible, but the DA's in Houston don't dismiss domestic violence charges without a truckload of defense evidence. (1) Don't put details of your criminal case on the internet...some DA's scour the internet for info relating to their case that the defendant may have put up. I know this because I trained some of them to do so when I was a prosecutor. (2) If you trust your lawyer, let them take care of the situation and answer your questions. However if you've lost faith in your attorney's ability to best handle your case, perhaps it's time to shop around. Most offer free consultations, if you're inclined to, call and meet with a few this week and decide if you want to hire a new one that is familiar with Harris County criminal practice.
This person has no place in your future. Your security is of paramount importance. You should contact a Texas criminal lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that you are represented fairly at the next hearing. A reset is not necessarily bad, it is delay, though. Seek legal counsel asap. In your daily life, make sure you lock your doors, be aware of your surroundings, check-in with friends and family, carry pepper spray, get exercise & try to break your ordinary routine so that you are less easily followed.
I agree with the other lawyers answering this question. If you have not done so already, you should contact victims services (SafePlace, Texas Advocacy Project and other victims services in your area) to make sure you have a safe place to go to if your ex retaliates. If you are not in professional counseling, you should seek it as soon as possible. You need to take care of your emotional health to get through this. A mental health professional with experience in domestic violence can be a great benefit in this situation. Also, you need an experienced attorney whom you trust--if you do not already have one. Be careful of anything you post or even write. Things can be taken out of context. Assume anything you write will be seen by a Judge or the opposing lawyer unless it is a protected communication with your own lawyer. If you cannot afford an attorney, see if the County Attorney can help you--or legal aid. This is not something you should be doing on your own or "pro se".
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