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I live in Texas. What factors would make a case be considered "Family Violence"?

El Paso, TX |

I had an altercation with my sons aunt and his step grandfather. Me and my sons mother were never married. I had to defend my self against the Aunt and the step Grandfather. They called the police. The police considered the case to be " Family Violence". After looking at Texas law Ch 71 on the definitions of family violence, as far as i can see, This case shouldnt be considered "Family Violence". What factors would make this a family violence case?

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Attorney answers 3


At first glance I think you are correct. If this is the case, and the D.A. accepts the charges you have a good argument for why it shouldn't apply. There is an argument to be made however, Section 71.003 defines "family" as 'parents of the same child, regardless of marriage,' and in that same section allows the definition from Tex. Gov't Code 573.004 which extends it further to relatives. They could always change the charge to Assault, also. I suggest talking to a local attorney for a more thorough answer. Good luck.


I agree with the previous answer that you should contact an attorney to determine your best course of action. Any time violence is involved, you should always seek help to make sure no one else is hurt any further.


Please consult a Criminal Defense attorney in your local area. Many attorneys, like myself, give a free initial consult and can give you clearer guidance based on all the specific facts of your case. Take all documentation with you for review by any attorney you contact, you will get a better assessment of your possible options and outcomes.

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