Domestic Violence / Protective Orders in Texas
Sadly, some couples have a history of inflicting physical or emotional harm upon the other party or other members of the household. The courts will not tolerate any family violence.
Upon proper application, the courts can enter a protective order that prohibits one person from committing family violence against another. The protective order usually goes so far as to prohibit one person from even going near the other person’s residence or place of employment. A copy of the protective order is given to the police. The “protected party” cannot waive the requirements of a protective order. Protective orders state in bold letters:
VIOLATION OF A PROTECTIVE ORDER IS PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF UP TO $4,000 OR CONFINEMENT IN JAIL FOR UP TO ONE YEAR, OR BOTH. FURTHERMORE, IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR ANY PERSON WHO IS SUBJECT TO A PROTECTIVE ORDER TO POSSESS A FIREARM OR AMMUNITION.
If you have been involved in family violence, either as a victim or as the abuser, please seek shelter and professional counseling immediately. Professional counseling can help break the cycle of violence. If you need compassionate and efficient legal help with domestic violence issues, please contact me immeidately at 713-960-9696.