Bexar County Family Violence Defense Lawyers
In Texas, the charge of family violence applies to any act of violence against a member of your family or household from pushing, to shoving, to assaults causing serious injury or death. You can be charged with domestic or family violence and subject to a restraining or protective order even if there is no visible sign of injury to the victim. If the victim tells police that you caused him or her pain, then you could go to jail (additional information on domestic violence).
If you have been charged with family violence in Bexar County or the San Antonio area, our lawyers offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case, the possible consequences and possible defenses.
Consequences of Family or Domestic Violence Conviction
Few people understand the consequences of a family or domestic violence conviction:
- You can be barred from owning a handgun or hunting rifle.
- If you are a man accused of assaulting a woman or a child, family violence is considered a “crime of moral turpitude,” which can make it harder to get a job.
- If you are not an American citizen, you might be deported.
If you plead guilty to family or domestic violence, you may be granted probation. However, the next time a member of your family or household accuses you of violence, you may be charged with a felony.
Many people think that if the victim does not wish to press charges, the state will drop the case. However, this is not true. The district attorney in Bexar County has a no-drop policy, which means that the state can go forward with the case even if the victim refuses to testify.
Former Prosecutors Who Understand the System
Christine & Mario Del Prado were both prosecutors with the Bexar County family violence unit which handles cases of abuse against family members. With more than 42 years of combined experience prosecuting and defending family and domestic violence cases, they understand these cases from both sides. They will put that experience and understanding to work in order to better defend you.
Attorney Mario Del Prado is Board-Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been a speaker before the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association on family violence.
Mario Del Prado is an experienced, Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist.
Mario Del Prado is one of a handful of criminal defense lawyers in Bexar County who is both Board Certified and qualified to handle cases where the death penalty is involved.
Certified Criminal Law Specialists have experience in the preparation and trial of serious criminal matters. They have extensive knowledge of state and federal constitutional law, evidence, procedure and penal laws involved in these matters.
Only lawyers who are Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization have the right to say they are experts in a particular area of law.
Free Lawyer Consultation
To schedule a free consultation to discuss your family violence case with an attorney, call 210.698.3533 or fill out the contact form on this site. Hablamos español.