Beaumont Domestic Violence Lawyer
Dustin Galmor is one of Beaumont’s leading domestic violence lawyers and will make every effort to fight the allegations against you and help you avoid serious punishments and consequences to your alleged domestic violence charge. Contact us today for a free consultation so we can discuss your alleged family violence charge and determine which options will be most effective in your case.
Definitions of Domestic Violence
In most cases, family violence or domestic violence situations involve terms that are unfamiliar to the majority people and vary from those used other criminal proceedings. As defined in Chapter 71 of the Texas Family Code, many of these terms are listed below.
Types of Domestic Violence Offenses
Some of the more common family or domestic violence offenses in Beaumont can include, but are not limited to the following:
Texas Penal Code 42.072 defines stalking as repeatedly and knowingly engaging in conduct targeted at a specific person:
- That they perceive as threatening
- That causes them to be afraid they will be seriously harmed
- That would cause a reasonable person to fear injury or death to herself or her family members
This offense can also include cyber-stalking, which is defined as communicating with another person through e-mail or other electronic means strictly to harass that person.
According to 22.04 of the Texas Penal Code, an individual can be charged with child abuse if they intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or with criminal negligence cause any type of serious bodily harm or injury to a child or elderly adult.
Punishments for Domestic Violence
Chapter 12 of the Texas Penal Code defines the general penalties to the majority of domestic violence offenses in Beaumont. These penalties can vary due to the following factors:
The statutory penalties for family/domestic violence in Beaumont are as follows:
Additionally, according to Texas Penal Code 25.11 anyone who commits continuous violence against a family or household member can be convicted of a 3rd degree felony offense. Contiguous violence is defined as committing a family violence offense two or more times within a 12 month period.
Resources for Domestic Violence Victims
If you or someone you know is having substance abuse problems and are in need of rehabilitation, contact one of the facilities below for screening and assessment.
Family Services of Southeast Texas – Strengthening and empowering families through accessible counseling services, shelter services, education and advocacy.
Franklin House – is primarily funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Department of Criminal Justice and Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. We are also enrolled as a Medicaid provider.
211 – Family Violence Unit – Investigates reports of violence committed by family members, spouses, relatives, or others living with victims. Provides referrals to the Women’s Shelter, Victim Assistance, Batterers Treatment Program and other appropriate agencies.