September 04, 2019

Dallas Domestic Assault Lawyer Explains - Assault Charges Work Under Texas Law

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney John Helms explains what happens when a spouse wants to drop domestic assault charges in Texas

Dallas, Texas / September 4, 2019 / -- People are often surprised to learn that it’s the prosecutor who actually brings assault charges against someone under Texas law — not the party who contacted the police.

Under Texas law, a domestic assault or event that involves family violence could mean a husband and wife, parties who are dating, or current or former members of a household. 

Although every case is different, a certain sequence of events often occurs in domestic assault cases. In many situations, the parties become involved in an argument which escalates with one party calling the police in an attempt to diffuse the situation. 

Getting Help for a Domestic Assault Case When the Prosecutor Won’t Drop Charges

When the police arrest someone for a domestic assault charge, it adds a level of complication to the situation because the case is entered into the court system and no longer under either party’s control. 

However, if or when the filing party wants to drop domestic assault charges, they might find that the prosecutor refuses to dismiss the case. 

This prosecutor's discretion is why it’s in your best interest to work with a knowledgeable Texas criminal defense and domestic assault defense attorney. You most likely won’t be able to convince the prosecutor to drop the charges against you or your spouse on your own. 

Each case is different, and there may be other options available to help you resolve your case as quickly as possible. Call the Law Office of John M. Helms in Dallas at (214) 666-8010 to discuss the options available for your case. 

About Attorney John Helms

Attorney John Helms has been a trial lawyer for more than 20 years and is a former federal prosecutor who never lost a trial or appeal. As a defense lawyer in Dallas who was formerly a prosecutor, he is uniquely positioned to evaluate cases from both sides and anticipate his opponents' moves. Attorney John Helms handles state and federal criminal defense cases in Dallas, TX at the Law Office of John M. Helms.

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