Penalties for Family Violence

I’m Bill Mange. I’m board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Some people ask me what is the penalty for a first time assault family violence.

The range of punishment is up to a year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.

However, if you are accused having blocked the nose or mouth, or having impeded the airway, or having impeded the blood flow to the head, then you’re facing a 3rd Degree felony.

The range of punishment for that is not less than 2 years in prison nor more than 10 years in prison, and up to a $10,000 fine.

The most important thing to remember, even if you’re “only” looking at a Class A Misdemeanor is this: if you’re convicted, then the second time you’re charged, if you’re ever God forbid accused, then you’re looking at 3rd degree felony.

So you have a lot at risk no matter what you’re charged with when it comes to family violence.