Domestic Violence Criminal Defense Attorneys Fighting For Your Rights

Fort Worth Domestic Violence Lawyers

Protecting Your Rights During This Difficult Time

Domestic violence is a serious offense in Texas. If you have been wrongly accused of domestic violence, you should seek help immediately.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and fear for your safety, contact a local domestic violence shelter in Fort Worth and get in touch with an experienced attorney to understand your rights.

Types of Domestic Violence Recognized Under Texas Law

Texas state law recognizes three different types of domestic violence:

  • Domestic assault

This type of assault can be either a threat or a violent act committed against an individual that the defendant has/had an intimate relationship with and involves some type of physical injury.

An intimate relationship is defined as a relationship with someone, including a family member, roommate, child, current or former spouse, or a current or former boyfriend/girlfriend.

  • Aggravated domestic assault

Aggravated domestic assault is assault that causes a serious bodily injury. A deadly weapon is used, which could be a firearm, knife, or something else – depending on the circumstances. A serious bodily injury is defined as an injury that creates a substantial risk of death.

  • Continuous violence against the family

If a defendant commits two or more domestic assaults within a specific time frame, it is called continuous domestic violence. A conviction would be considered a third-degree felony.

What Is Considered a Deadly Weapon in a Domestic Violence Case?

In Texas, intention has an impact on what is considered a deadly weapon. Anything designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting death or serious bodily harm is considered a deadly weapon by law. Here are some examples of deadly weapons:

  • Firearms
  • Brass knuckles
  • Knives
  • Baseball bats
  • Rope

How to Report an Act of Domestic Violence in Texas

An act of domestic violence is not something that just happens randomly. It usually occurs after other controlling types of behavior has taken place. As such, the first step in reporting domestic violence is to call the police to report the event as soon as it happens or as soon as is possible. You will need to make a criminal complaint, which is often a sworn statement from law enforcement.

If you need additional support, resources, counseling, and/or assistance creating a plan to help you move out of a dangerous environment or living situation, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline. All calls are confidential and anonymous.

What to Do When Wrongly Accused of a Domestic Violence Crime

If you were wrongly accused of committing a domestic violence crime, you need to contact an attorney from our firm as soon as possible. If accused of this crime, you could face time in prison, probation, and fines.

How Our Domestic Violence Attorneys Can Help You Navigate Your Case

Acts of domestic violence unfortunately happen more frequently than most people think. Repeat offenses are also common as well with nearly 80% of women between the ages of 18 and 24 reporting being victimized more than once by the same partner. Give us a call as soon as possible if you are a victim of such abuse.

Additionally, if you have been wrongly accused of committing an act of domestic violence, you will need to call a lawyer immediately. These acts are considered felonies and you could face jail time, fines, and capital punishment.

Contact us online or give us a call at (817) 497-8148 to book an initial consultation to learn more about our domestic violence services today!

Meet Our Team 

Dedicated Legal Professionals
  • Mark M. Childress
  • Desiree A. Hartwigsen
  • Sarah E. Robbins
  • Konnor N. Lee
  • Laura E. Richardson
  • Melissa S. Mozingo
  • Amie M. Wilson
  • Kristie M. Falbo
  • Rick J. Mitchell
  • Kelsie Connell
  • Mark M. Childress Mark M. Childress

    Founding Attorney

    Honors & Awards Top Young Lawyers in Texas Tarrant County's Top Attorney's Top Attorneys – Fort Worth Magazine - 2008 TO ...
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  • Desiree A. Hartwigsen Desiree A. Hartwigsen

    Managing Attorney

    Desiree A. Hartwigsen grew up in Stephenville, Texas where she graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. During her time at Tarleton, Desiree studied abroad in London, England at Queen Mary’s University where she studied Comparative Criminal Justice.
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  • Sarah E. Robbins Sarah E. Robbins

    Senior Litigator

    Sarah E. Robbins is the newest member of the team at the Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC. She was born and raised in Colorado where she graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a minor in communications. After a visit to her uncle’s law office at the age of six, Sarah decided to follow in her uncle’s footsteps and become a lawyer.
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  • Konnor N. Lee Konnor N. Lee

    Supervising Attorney

    Konnor Lee was raised in Arlington, TX and attended the University of Arkansas , where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts ...
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  • Laura E. Richardson Laura E. Richardson

    Senior Litigator

    Raised in Westchester County, New York, by two corporate attorneys, attending law school after graduating from Dartmouth was ...
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  • Melissa S. Mozingo Melissa S. Mozingo

    Lead Litigator

    After working as a legal assistant for a year, Melissa knew she wanted to pursue a career in law. Melissa graduated from the ...
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  • Amie M. Wilson Amie M. Wilson

    Senior Paralegal

    Amie began working in family law as a receptionist in a small private practice where she was tasked with answering the telephone, corresponding with clients and court staff and handling a multitude of other administrative duties. Amie’s ability to multitask and her attention to detail lead her to be tasked with handling an overflow of paralegal work.
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  • Kristie M. Falbo Kristie M. Falbo

    Lead Litigator

    Associate Attorney Kristie M. Falbo is a Houston native who worked as a prosecutor for nine years in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania ...
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  • Rick J. Mitchell Rick J. Mitchell

    Senior Litigator

    Rick Mitchell graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2001, where he was a two-time member of the Dean’s ...
  • Kelsie Connell Kelsie Connell


    Kelsie grew up in Denton, Texas where she discovered her passion with helping others through law. Kelsie began as a legal ...
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Why Choose Us for Your Family Matters?

  • Direct Access To Your Attorney

    Our Attorneys personally handle each case themselves. You will have direct access to your attorney to be able to get the answers that you need. 

  • Transparency

    Honesty and transparency are critical in building trust with your attorney. You will always know what is going on with your case every step of the way.

  • Team Oriented

    At our firm you're not just a case number, our staff will always know the status of your case and help to make your situation more manageable.

  • Personalized Approach

    Our team understands that no two cases are the same. Your strategy will be tailored specifically to you and your family's goals.

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