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Domestic Violence in Texas and the Southwest: When To Seek Legal Aid

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Domestic violence can manifest in many ways. Physical and sexual domestic violence is punishable by law. It may be more difficult to build a case around psychological or emotional violence. If you’re a victim of domestic violence or if you’ve been charged with domestic violence, Sergio Coronado Law can help. We understand the battle you’re up against and we’re ready to provide the necessary legal assistance.


Different Types of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is defined by the use of force in domestic situations. Bodily harm, threats of causing bodily harm, or physical contact that can be regarded as offensive or provocative all fall under the definition of domestic violence.

  • Physical
  • Due to the visible injuries, this is the most recognizable form of domestic violence. If an individual uses force against a victim, causing injury, then it will be characterized as physical domestic violence. A punch, a slap, minor or major injuries all constitute as domestic violence.
  • Sexual
  • Rape, harassment, and reproductive coercion are all examples of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is one of the most common types of domestic violence.
  • Psychological or Emotional
  • Intimidating, threatening behavior or persistent insults and humiliation describe these two types of domestic abuse. Although psychological and emotional abuse can be devastating, it may not be enough to bring about a domestic abuse case. Combining evidence of psychological or emotional abuse along with other types of abuse can be used to create a domestic violence case.


Impacts of Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse impacts the lives of survivors for years after the abuse ends. Victims of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse can face many challenges when it comes to adjusting to “normal” life once again. If you’re facing domestic violence, you deserve a sympathetic ear and a strong team by your side. With proper legal assistance, your return to normalcy will proceed on a more positive track.


Penalties and Jail Time Associated with Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can be charged as a class C misdemeanor all the way to a first degree felony. Penalties for misdemeanors often lead to one year in jail along with a fine. First degree felonies, on the other hand, carry penalties of 5 to 99 years in prison with the addition of a fine of no more than $10,000. Punishments depend on the severity of the crime. If you are a victim of domestic violence, contact Sergio Coronado Law today.

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