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Continuous Family Violence law increases possible jail sentence

Posted on January 19th, 2011 No Comments

A new Texas law adopted in September 2009 created “continuous family violence” as a separate offense than domestic abuse.  To be charged with continuous family violence prosecutors must have evidence of at least two incidents of domestic abuse within a 12 month period.  Individuals convicted of continuous family violence receive a third-degree felony, are subject to a 2 to 10 year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine.

A Montgomery County man was recently the first to be convicted of continuous family violence in Texas.  Bobby Joe Duke, Jr. was brought to trial for continuous family violence despite the fact that his girlfriend, the victim, would not testify against him.  Two witnesses, including one police officer, photographic evidence and police accounts were enough to convict him.

If you have been accused of domestic abuse in Houston and would like to speak with an experienced and compassionate criminal defense attorney, contact the Houston domestic abuse lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer P.C. at 713-222-0400 today to set up an appointment.