Domestic violence can range from sexual abuse to emotional abuse, and can even include cyber stalking. Those facing related charges in Texas are at risk for serious consequences.

In the previous post, it was learned that a North Texas assistant police chief was accused of domestic violence. However, a grand jury has recently decided not to charge him. The case began when the assistant chief’s wife claimed that her husband assaulted her, but has since failed to cooperate with law enforcement because of alleged inaccuracies that have been reported during the investigation.

Domestic violence charges alone, without ever being convicted, may be enough to damage one’s reputation. After the assistant chief had been charged, he was placed on paid administrative leave. The grand jury heard from multiple witnesses before coming to a verdict, and, although it was a positive outcome for the assistant chief, some may still be skeptical of his motives.

When a person is charged with a crime, like the one mentioned above, he or she must remember that they do have rights. Defendants have the right to refuse to incriminate themselves, the right to face accusers and the right to a speedy trial, to name a few. Defendants must also be aware of their Miranda Rights, which allows them the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney.

For those facing criminal domestic violence charges, seeking out a legally trained professional to defend the claim may make all the difference between a dismissed case and a case that is not dismissed. Being charged with a criminal offense may completely change life as a defendant once knew, and the right criminal defense lawyer may be able to offer support, in addition to the right legal knowledge.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, “Police chief cleared after domestic violence call,” Mar. 19, 2014