While assault, battery and threats of violence are already illegal in Harris County, Texas, the penalties and collateral consequences are more serious when the crime occurs between two people related by blood or marriage or who were previously in a romantic relationship.
The designation of a domestic relationship is usually defined to include a boyfriend and girlfriend, a husband and wife, gay or lesbian couples, a mother and father who have a child in common, or family members closely related by blood or marriage (particularly parents, children and siblings).
Many domestic violence cases also involve filing for a petition for protection (often called a "restraining order" or "injunction") against domestic violence.
Criminal charges can follow an allegation of a violation of an injunction for domestic violence. Related charges include stalking, cyberstalking and harassment.
Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
TCDLA has a proud history of supporting and educating criminal defense lawyers in the the state while advocating for the rights of the accused. Many of the top criminal defense attorneys in Texas are active within this organization.
The HCCLA was established in 1970 to support criminal defense attorneys practicing in Houston and Harris County, TX. Today the organization has grown to more than 400 members. The Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association provides networking opportunities and quality CLE seminars to its members. Many of the top local attorneys fighting to defend clients on misdemeanor and felony charges throughout Harris County, Texas, belong to this respected organization.
Houston Lawyer Referral Service - The HLRS is a non-profit service established in 1958 by the Houston Bar Association and nine other local bar associations. More than 200 local attorneys participate in the community based service that helps individuals and businesses find an attorney in the greater Houston Metropolitan area including Harris County, Montgomery County, Fort Bend County, Brazoria County and Galveston County.