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Collin County Domestic Violence Attorneys

Rosenthal & Wadas provides experienced and skilled legal representation for individuals who have been accused of crimes of domestic violence in Collin County. Our team has extensive experience helping members of our community get the qualified legal counsel they need and deserve. We have seen firsthand how these charges can arise and how misunderstandings, confusion on the part of law enforcement, or a single mistake can cause significant stress and strain on the life of the accused and their families.

We work hard to defend people like you who’ve been accused of crimes in Collin County, and our team is ready to sit down with you and listen to your story. An arrest never automatically means that you’ll be convicted, and with the right legal counsel, you could achieve an outcome that allows you to move on with your life and put this incident behind you.

If you were arrested for an alleged crime of domestic violence in Collin County, make sure to hire a Collin County domestic violence lawyer before speaking to law enforcement. Politely request to call Rosenthal & Wadas right away. We want to hear from you, and we’ll be ready to help you understand the charges you face and begin building a strong defense on your behalf. Don’t wait. Call us at (972) 369-0577 to speak to a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney today.

Do I Need A Domestic Violence Lawyer?

You should not plan on showing up in court and merely explaining your version of events. The prosecutor handling your domestic violence charges will be looking to get a conviction that will likely result in your imprisonment as well as you being ordered to pay thousands of dollars in fines.

Many domestic violence cases can involve dramatically different accounts of events between the alleged offender and the alleged victim. An experienced attorney is going to know how to identify any flaws in a prosecutor’s case and use those weaknesses to your advantage.

When an alleged victim’s story has issues that affect their credibility, the lawyer may be able to negotiate a possible reduction in the criminal charges. In some cases, the criminal charges could be outright dismissed.

Even if your alleged offense is a misdemeanor, you need to keep in mind the severe consequences that a domestic violence conviction can have. A conviction will appear on every background check performed on you, and people can experience many hardships because of the judgments that are made about people who have been convicted of domestic violence.

Why Choose Rosenthal & Wadas To Handle My Case?

Rosenthal & Wadas is the largest criminal defense firm in Collin County. Because of our size, clients enjoy the benefit of multiple attorneys collaborating together on their case.

Founding Partners Jeremy Rosenthal and Derk Wadas are both Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Roughly 1 percent of attorneys are Board Certified, and no other Criminal Defense firm in Collin County boasts two.

Mr. Rosenthal is a former Assistant District Attorney in Collin County and the former Chief Prosecutor for County Court at Law Two. He has almost two decades of legal experience and is a Board Member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the National College of DUI Defense and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Mr. Wadas was selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list every year between 2014 and 2018, a recognition earned by less than 5 percent of the lawyers in Texas. Also, he was named a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He has over 20 years of legal experience and is a member of the Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, Association of Federal Defense Attorneys, and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Types of Domestic Violence Cases We Handle

Texas Family Code § 71.0021 defines dating violence as an act committed by an alleged offender against an alleged victim, or applicant for a protective order, with whom the alleged offender has or has had a dating relationship, or because of the alleged victim’s or applicant’s relationship with an individual the alleged offender is or has been in a dating relationship or marriage with, and is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault or is a threat placing the alleged victim or applicant in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault. A dating relationship is defined as a continuing relationship of a romantic or intimate nature based on the length of the relationship, the nature of the relationship, and the frequency and type of interaction between the persons involved.

Under Texas Family Code § 71.004, family violence is defined as either an act by a member of a family or household against another member of the family or household intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault, or is a threat placing the member in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault, abuse by a member of a family or household toward a child of the family or household, or dating violence. The Attorney General of Texas states that family violence “is a pattern of intentional intimidation that is reinforced by violence, or threat of violence, to gain or maintain power and control over one’s partner.”

The domestic violence crimes that people are most commonly charged with in Collin County include, but are not limited to:

  • Domestic Assault
  • Assault with Strangulation
  • Continuous Violence Against the Family
  • Violation of Protective Order
  • Child Abuse
  • Kidnapping
  • Stalking

The severity of domestic violence criminal charges will depend on multiple factors, such as the nature of the injuries inflicted on the alleged victims and the criminal record of the alleged offender.

Frequently Asked Questions about Domestic Violence

Texas Family Code § 71.003 defines a family as including individuals related by consanguinity or affinity. Texas Family Code § 573.022 states that individuals are relatives by consanguinity if they are blood relatives, and Texas Family Code § 573.024 provides that individuals are related by affinity if they are married to each other, or the spouse of one of the individuals is related by consanguinity to the other individual. Family also includes individuals who are former spouses of each other, individuals who are the parents of the same child without regard to marriage, and a foster child and foster parent without regard to whether they reside together. Under Texas Family Code § 71.005, a household is a unit composed of persons living together in the same dwelling, while Texas Family Code § 71.006 provides that a member of a household is a person who lived in the home. Some individuals may be both family members and household members.
Yes. Alleged victims are not the people responsible for charging decisions. The district attorney is the only individual with the power to drop criminal charges. An alleged victim may make it more challenging to obtain a conviction if they are uncooperative with the prosecution, but you are still going to need a lawyer to make sure that the criminal charges are dismissed. In general, you should not put much faith in an alleged victim’s promise to drop charges because prosecutors will usually continue with a case even when the alleged victim refuses to support the effort.
There are generally three kinds of protective orders in Texas, also referred to as protection orders or restraining orders. When a petitioner applies for a protective order, the court will usually hold a hearing without the alleged offender present and may issue a temporary or ex parte order that remains in effect until the date of the final hearing, up to 20 days. At a final hearing, the court can issue a final protective order that may stay in effect for up to two years. Both temporary and final protective orders are civil actions usually filed by alleged victims, but another kind of protective order is the Magistrate’s Order for Emergency Protection (MOEP), also known as an emergency protection order (EPO). A criminal court usually issues an MOEP or EPO in conjunction with a domestic violence arrest.
By inhibiting or preventing someone from making such an emergency call, you could be charged or arrested with interfering with an emergency phone call. Interfering with a 911 call charges often times result when an alleged victim of domestic violence or assault, causing bodily injury to a family member, claims that they were prevented from calling the police. If you are facing the criminal charge of interfering with an emergency phone call, you should seek legal representation immediately.

In Texas, interfering with an emergency phone call is a very serious offense and is considered a Class A Misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to a year in jail and/or up to a $4,000 fine. You may also face the loss of your right to own or possess a firearm. Additionally, the charge can be enhanced to a felony if the accused has a previous conviction for interfering with an emergency phone call or 911 call.

Domestic Violence Charges in Texas

The Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) reported that there were 195,315 incidents of domestic violence in Texas in 2017 involving 212,307 victims and 207,231 offenders. This represented a 0.6 percent decrease from the 196,564 events, a 3.4 percent decrease from the 219,782 victims, and a 5.7 percent decrease from the 219,785 offenders in 2016.

TxDPS reported that 96.6 percent of domestic violence cases were assaults, with 74.8 percent being simple assault, 14.4 percent were aggravated assault, and 7.4 percent were intimidation. The 2.6 percent of cases that were sex offenses included 1.3 percent involving rape, 0.9 percent involving fondling, 0.2 percent involving sodomy, 0.1 percent involving sexual assault with an object, and 0.1 percent involving statutory rape.

Another 0.3 percent of cases involved robbery, 0.3 percent involved kidnapping, and 0.1 percent were homicide offenses. The homicide offenses included 0.1 percent relating to murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, 0.01 percent concerning negligent manslaughter, and 0.001 percent relating to justifiable homicide.

Contact a Collin County Domestic Violence Attorney Today

Were you arrested for an alleged crime of domestic violence in the greater Collin County area? Know that you don’t have to face these charges alone, and our team will be here to stand by your side and defend you to the fullest extent we can. Rosenthal & Wadas knows that you are entitled to a presumption of innocence and we’ll fight to get your charges dropped or reduced. Our attorneys can provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case as soon as you call (972) 369-0577 or contact us online to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss the charges you face and how we can help.