El Paso Domestic Violence Attorneys
In recent years, family violence prosecutions have surged in Texas, especially in El Paso, to the point where they have become the most overcharged offense in our professional experience. Punishments for these offenses can range from a class a misdemeanor — which is punishable by up to one year in jail — to a felony of the third degree, which is punishable by up to ten years in prison.
At the Law Office of Aaronson and Norris in El Paso, we regard family violence cases as deserving particular priority in our practice because the District Attorneys Office does not effectively prioritize them. Simple assaults that do not result in serious bodily injury are ordinarily classified as misdemeanors when not resolved privately between the parties. But, if committed by parents, children, lovers, or roommates, they are now made felonies if they occur more than once in a year or involve allegations of strangulation, whether or not any serious bodily injury results.
In many cases, the complainant, after having first reported the incident to the police, wants to drop the charges. Unfortunately, the District Attorneys Office does not ordinarily accede to the complainant’s wishes, regardless of the circumstances, and proceeds with the prosecution anyway.
Defense against Domestic Violence in Texas
We are committed to the defense of all people charged by the government with crimes in El Paso, including those accused of family violence assaults. But, at the Law Office of Aaronson and Norris, we consider the failure of responsible prosecutorial discretion to be a problem in particular need of resistance from the defense bar. Domestic violence is undoubtedly a serious social problem in Texas and throughout the country, and it deserves serious attention from law enforcement and prosecuting attorneys. But we do not think that the law should intervene in private quarrels that do not result in injury significant enough to merit criminal prosecution.
We therefore welcome in our law practice all who have been accused of family violence, and pledge ourselves to their complete defense, consistent with the evidence and the interests of justice.
Contact a pair of El Paso Family Law Lawyers for help!
Seeking the representation of El Paso Family and Domestic Violence Attorneys from the Law Office of Aaronson and Norris can help clients who are facing divorce, child custody/protection and property distribution in Texas. Give us a call today for immediate professional assistance!