A Team Approach in Your Domestic Violence Case


The State of Texas takes a hard line against anyone accused of domestic violence (also called "family violence”). If police get called to a disturbance where family violence may have occurred, they will almost always arrest someone…even when the victim doesn’t want them to file charges. To make matters worse, prosecutors almost never dismiss one of these cases just because the victim asks them to!


A person accused of domestic violence learns quickly that it isn’t treated as a typical crime. It is often filed as a felony (and always filed as a felony if the person has had a similar case in the past). It creates restrictions on possessing a firearm that don’t apply to other crimes. And it applies to more people than just spouses or siblings—indeed, it can extend to any person that the accused has ever lived with, dated, had a child with, or is related to.


The Houston-based attorneys at Shellist McAlister, LLP, are two former prosecutors who act as a legal team when defending people charged with domestic violence. Don't try to resolve these matters without the help of our experienced criminal defense attorneys. The components of family assault are frequently misunderstood and there are often defensive issues that can help the accused if properly investigated.


Don't make the mistake of providing incriminating statements to police. Speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney now.

The attorneys at Shellist McAlister, LLP, work together to create powerful defense strategies in cases involving the allegations that someone:


>  Hurt their spouse, family member, or someone they were dating

>  Violated a restraining order or protective order

>  Engaged in “stalking"

>  Interfered with an emergency telephone call

>  Should have provided aid to a hurt family member but failed to do so


A conviction for domestic violence is serious. Even if the accused has never been in trouble, he or she may face up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine. A second conviction can result in up to a decade in prison and much more serious financial penalties. These convictions can really affect someone's their employment, their social reputation, and ability to interact with their children. The attorneys at Shellist McAlister, LLP understand this because they are both former Harris County prosecutors with ample experience in family violence cases.


Don't make the very serious mistake of talking to the police or the District Attorney without first speaking to an experienced criminal defense attorney. The lawyers at Shellist McAlister, LLP, may be able to get the prosecutor to dismiss the charges or negotiate a much more favorable sentence. To learn more about your legal options following a family violence arrest, contact the firm for a free consultation.


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