Domestic Violence

Can I Be Convicted of Domestic Violence Even if the Accuser Recants in Court?

By | Domestic Violence

It is often said that Galveston domestic violence cases are “he said/she said” affairs. But there are many situations where the accuser changes her story. Sometimes the accuser is afraid of publicly confronting their abuser. In other cases, the accuser fabricated the initial allegations to “get back at” the defendant for some reason. But regardless of why or how the accuser changes her story, the question remains: How does this change affect the defendant’s rights at trial?

Appeals Court Upholds Conviction, 1-Year Sentence Despite Change in Accuser’s Testimony

You might think that if an accuser recants her story on the stand–when she is under oath–that would be enough to create “reasonable doubt” in the minds of the jury. But that is not how the criminal justice system works in Galveston and other parts of Texas. Juries may rely on other circumstantial evidence, including the accuser’s original story, and still convict the defendant of criminal charges related to domestic violence.

Here is a recent case on point, Zuniga v. State. This case began with a 911 call. A woman–the accuser–told the operator she had been assaulted by the defendant, who was the father of her children. A police officer dispatched to the scene interviewed the accuser. The officer recorded this interview, in which the accuser again stated the defendant assaulted her, using his body camera.

But testifying at the defendant’s trial, the accuser recanted. Under oath, she admitted she “lied” about the assault. Rather, she was upset the defendant had attempted to end their relationship “for good,” and out of anger she said she injured herself and called the police to get the defendant in trouble.

Despite this testimony, the jury still found the defendant guilty of “assault-bodily injury” with a finding of family violence. The trial court sentenced the defendant to one year in jail and ordered him to pay a $2,000 fine. On appeal, the defendant challenged the sufficiency of the evidence supporting the jury’s decision.

The Court of Appeals affirmed the verdict, however, explaining the jury was entitled to find the accuser’s “spontaneous” statements to law enforcement on the night of the alleged assault was “more credible” than her subsequent testimony at trial. The appeals court noted that “[i]t is not uncommon for victims of domestic violence to recant their accusations.” Ultimately, it was “up to the jury to accept all, some, or none” of the testimony offered and reconcile any conflicts as it saw fit.

Taking Galveston Domestic Violence Charges Seriously

It may seem unfair that a person could be sent to jail on the basis of recanted accuser testimony. But cases like the one above illustrate just how serious any domestic violence accusation is for the accused. If you have been charged with family violence of any kind, you need to act quickly to assert your constitutional and legal rights–starting with contacting an experienced Galveston criminal defense attorney. The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates helps individuals throughout the Galveston area deal with domestic violence allegations. Call us today at (281) 843-9776 if you need immediate assistance.

Domestic Violence and Family Pets

By | Domestic Violence

Domestic violence in the Galveston area does not just affect partners and children. The family pet may also be a target of family violence. For this reason, Texas law authorizes judges to extend protective orders to pets. A person subject to such an order may, for example, be barred from “harming, threatening, or interfering with the care, custody, or control of a pet, companion animal, or assistance animal.”

Houston Court Upholds 5-Year Prison Sentence for Man Who Cut Girlfriend’s Dog

In addition to the penalties for violating such a protective order, harming a family pet can also lead to criminal charges under the Texas Penal Code. Section 49.092 classifies “cruelty to nonlivestock animals as “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly” killing or causing “serious bodily injury” to any domesticated animal without the owner’s consent. This means that if you get into a fight with your partner and decide to take out your anger on her dog, you may be prosecuted for a felony.

Here is a recent example. In August 2018, the Texas First District Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Galveston, upheld the state-jail felony sentence of a man who previously pleaded guilty to violation Section 42.092. According to the evidence introduced at the defendant’s sentencing hearing, he “physically abused” his domestic partner for a period of two years. One evening, the defendant stabbed his partner’s dog with a kitchen knife, causing serious bodily injury to the animal.

There was some confusion as to what prompted the defendant’s attack. A pre-sentencing investigation report indicated the defendant had been fighting with his partner, and that “he threatened her with a knife” before turning his ire against the dog. But the partner later filed an affidavit suggesting the dog bit the defendant–outside of her presence–and he stabbed the animal in retaliation.

But as the First District noted, it doesn’t matter which account was true, as the defendant pleaded guilty to the offense. And since he “used and exhibited a deadly weapon” to commit the offense, he was subject to a sentencing enhancement. Ultimately, the trial court sentenced the defendant to 5 years in prison.

In affirming this sentence, the First District rejected the defendant’s argument that the sentencing enhancement was inapplicable since there was “insufficient” evidence he displayed or used the weapon against a human. Under previous decisions by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, a deadly-weapon finding does not apply “under circumstances in which the sole recipient or being against whom a deadly weapon was used or exhibited was a nonhuman.” In this case, however, the First District said the plaintiff already pleaded guilty to the deadly-weapon enhancement, and in any event the evidence suggested he did use the knife to threaten his partner in addition to her dog.

Get Help from a Galveston Domestic Violence Attorney Today

If you are the subject of a protective order, you need to obey all of its terms, including those applicable to animals. And if you are charged with a criminal act arising from alleged abuse to a family pet, you need to contact an experienced Galveston domestic violence defense attorney right away. Call the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates today at (281) 843-9776 if you need immediate assistance.

Military Spending Bill Creates Separate UCMJ Offense for Domestic Violence

By | Domestic Violence

The Galveston area is home to many U.S. military service members and their families. Although the vast majority of those who serve in uniform do so honorably and with distinction, there are unfortunately many cases where a member of the military is accused of a crime. And even when the accuser is a civilian, the serviceman is still subject to court-martial under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

On August 13, H.R. 5515 was signed into law. This is the annual bill appropriating funds for the U.S. Department of Defense. The signed bill includes a provision amending the UCMJ–effective January 1, 2019–to define domestic violence as a separate offense under military law.

According to the Military Times, the armed forces “have prosecuted such crimes in the past, but under more general justice categories such as assault.” This means that under current law, the military does not “separate domestic abuse crimes separately from other assaults in their record keeping.” So in many cases, civilian authorities are not made aware of a current or former service member’s domestic violence record.

This can have tragic consequences. Last year, a former airman in the U.S. Air Force shot and killed 26 people at a church 30 miles east of San Antonio. A court-martial previously convicted the gunman of domestic violence, but “civilian authorities were not properly notified of the crimes that would have disqualified him from buying firearms,” according to the Military Times.

This incident prompted legislators to introduce the domestic violence amendment as part of H.R. 5515. The amendment adds a new section to the UCMJ that defines a separate category of assault offenses to cover any person who “commits a violent offense against a spouse, an intimate partner, or an immediate family member of that person.” The amendment also clearly prohibits violating an existing domestic violence protection order issued by civilian authorities, or taking any action designed to “threaten or intimidate” a protected individual, including harming their property or pets.

H.R. 5515 also expands efforts to help victims of military domestic violence. For example, the law directs the Secretary of Defense to “establish a standardized expedited transfer process” for any service member who is the “alleged victim of sexual assault” or “physical domestic violence committed by the spouse or an intimate partner of the member.” This includes situations where the abusive spouse or partner is not a member of the military themselves.

Get Help from a Galveston Domestic Violence Defense Attorney Today

Whether it takes place in a civilian or military court, a domestic violence conviction can have serious consequences for your freedom and civil liberties. This is why you need to be proactive when defending yourself against all such allegations. If you need assistance from an experienced Galveston domestic violence lawyer, contact the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates to schedule a consultation with a member of our team today at (281) 843-9776.

Texas Appeals Courts Tackle Excessive Domestic Violence Sentences

By | Domestic Violence

In the zeal to prosecute individuals accused of domestic violence in the Galveston area, prosecutors and judges often run roughshod over the constitutional rights of defendants. Everyone agrees that domestic violence is a serious offense and should be punished. But any such punishment must be in accordance with the law.

Double Jeopardy

Here are two recent Texas domestic violence cases where state appellate courts identified key errors in the defendants’ respective sentencing. In the first case, Isreal v. State, the trial court violated the defendant’s constitutional protection against “double jeopardy.” More precisely, the judge allowed the jury to find the defendant guilty of three separate offenses arising from the same alleged act of domestic violence, something the Court of Appeals found unacceptable.

Prosecutors charged the defendant with attacking his on-again, off-again girlfriend following an argument. The defendant essentially confessed his guilt to the police during interrogation. At trial, the judge instructed the jury as to the following three categories of domestic violence punishable under Section 22.02 of the Texas Penal Code:

  1. aggravated family violence assault causing serious bodily injury with a deadly weapon;
  2. aggravated family violence assault with a deadly weapon; and
  3. aggravated family violence assault causing serious bodily injury.

The jury found the defendant guilty on all three counts. The Court of Appeals ruled this was a mistake, however, since the second and third charges were “lesser-included offenses” of the first charge. In other words, the defendant did not commit three separate acts of domestic violence–he committed one act against one person. It was possible for the jury to find the defendant not guilty of the first charge but guilty of the second or third counts, but not all three simultaneously.

Felony vs. Misdemeanor

The second domestic violence case, Holoman v. State, involves a slightly different situation. Here, the state accused the defendant of choking “a member of his household.” Normally, a person commits a Class A misdemeanor when they “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly cause[] bodily injury to another.” But the offense is elevated to a Class C felony if the victim is a member of the defendant’s household and the offense involves choking or the defendant has a prior domestic violence conviction.

In this case, the jury acquitted the defendant of the felony charge and convicted him on the lesser-included misdemeanor. The trial judge, however, decided to sentence him for the felony charge. This makes a big difference: a misdemeanor only carries a maximum sentence of 1 year in jail, but the judge ordered the defendant imprisoned for 25 years.

The Court of Appeals said this was improper. The jury clearly acquitted the defendant with respect to the allegation he choked his accuser. And there was no evidence introduced at trial regarding any prior domestic violence conviction. Therefore, there was no grounds to sentence the defendant for the felony.

Have You Been Charged with Domestic Violence?

As you can see, trial courts often make critical errors when handling domestic violence cases. This is why it is important to work with a qualified Galveston domestic violence and assault attorney whenever you are facing criminal charges. Contact the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates today at (281) 843-9776 if you need legal advice or assistance.

Can I Still Be Convicted of Domestic Violence If I Acted in Self-Defense?

By | Domestic Violence

Not all domestic disputes are one-way matters. There are many cases where someone is accused of domestic violence but, in reality, was simply protecting him- or herself from the abusive actions of their accuser. Unfortunately, proving self-defense in court is not as easy as you might think.

Court Rejects Defendant, Accuser’s Changing Stories Regarding Self-Defense

For example, a Texas appeals court recently rejected a defendant’s claim he “acted in self-defense” and that the evidence used to convict him of assault on a family or household member was insufficient.

The criminal charge was the result of an October 2016 incident. The defendant and the accuser were previously in a dating relationship. On the day in question, the accuser allowed the defendant into her home. She said he then “broke her television” and was “frightening her.” This led to a series of 911 calls.

When police later arrived at the scene, the accuser “showed them fresh bruises on her neck and arms,” which she said the defendant caused. In a subsequent written statement, the accuser said the defendant “grabbed her arm twice with his hands, caused her pain, and left her with bruises.” However, several months later the accuser recanted her story and signed a “non-prosecution affidavit” in which she now said the defendant “did not assault her.” At trial, the accuser changed her story again, stating she was the one who hit the defendant and that she “supposed” he acted in self-defense when he then injured her.

The arresting officer also testified at trial. He told the jury that on the day of the incident, the accuser said the defendant assaulted her. She never mentioned hitting the defendant herself or him acting in self-defense to restrain her. Nor did the defendant raise self-defense when he initially spoke to the officer. Instead, he said he had “an argument” with the accuser but that it did not turn physical.

The jury found the defendant guilty. The Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction. As the appeals court explained, there were only three possible scenarios in this case:

  • The defendant assaulted the accuser, causing her bruises;
  • The defendant and the accuser had a verbal fight that did not escalate into physical violence; or
  • The accuser assaulted the defendant and he bruised her while reacting in self-defense.

Based on the evidence presented, the Court of Appeals said the jury “could have found beyond a reasonable doubt” that the first scenario was the truth. Notably, the court pointed to the failure of either the defendant or the accuser to raise self-defense at the time of his arrest and the recording of the accuser’s 911 call, which indicated the defendant “terrified her and that she was focused on avoiding physically confronting him.”

Contact a Galveston Domestic Violence Attorney

Even in cases where you know self-defense is the truth, proving it to a jury is still not an easy task. This is why you need to work with an experienced Galveston domestic violence lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates at (281) 843-9776 if you have been accused of domestic violence and require immediate assistance.

Does an Accuser or Prosecutor’s Financial Incentives Matter in a Domestic Violence Case?

By | Domestic Violence

There is understandably a high level of emotion surrounding a domestic violence allegation. But there are also legal and financial incentives at play. For example, under the Violence Against Women Act, the federal government administers a series of grant programs designed “to develop the nation’s capacity to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking by strengthening services to victims and holding offenders accountable.” Along similar lines, federal immigration laws allow victims of crime to seek a special type of non-immigrant status known as a “U visa” to encourage them to report offenses like domestic violence.

Houston, Dallas Courts Reject Appeals of Family Violence Convictions

But if you are accused of a family violence crime in Texas, does the fact that the prosecutor–or the accuser–received such federal benefits matter? In other words, can you argue there is an inherent and unfair bias against you because of these federal incentives that the jury has a right to know about before pronouncing judgment on your guilt or innocence?

According to two recent Texas appeals court decisions, the answer is “no.” In the first case, Guzman v. State, a defendant in Fort Bend County was charged with “assault family violence.” At trial, he attempted to argue the local district attorney’s office should be “disqualified” because it received VAWA grants. He also wanted the jury to know the accuser received financial benefits under VAWA, which gave her “an incentive to testify falsely.”

The judge declined to disqualify the district attorney and did not instruct the jury on the accuser’s benefits eligibility. After the jury convicted the defendant, he appealed to the Texas 14th District Court of Appeals in Houston. That court found the trial judge did nothing wrong. The appeals court noted that nothing in VAWA “ties a grant (or the amount of the grant_ to the number of cases prosecuted.” Furthermore, the applicant failed to present sufficient evidence that the accuser was eligible for VAWA benefits, much less applied for them.

In the second case, Quiroz v. State, the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas rejected the arguments of another man convicted of assault-family violence who alleged the trial judge improperly limited his cross-examination of his accuser. More specifically, he wanted the jury to know the accuser applied for a U-visa, which the defendant claimed gave her a motive to “testify falsely that she was a victim of family violence.”

Here, the Fifth District said criminal defendants do not have an automatic right to question a witness about their immigration status. There must be some “causal connection” between their status and the testimony offered. In this case, the appeals court said there was no such connection, since the accuser’s eligibility for a U-visa was not tied to whether or not she testified in court about her alleged abuse.

Speak with a Galveston Domestic Violence Lawyer Today

Both of these cases illustrate the uphill battle domestic violence defendants face when seeking a fair trial. This emphasizes the importance of working with a qualified Galveston domestic violence attorney. If you are facing accusations and need assistance, contact the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates at (281) 843-9776 today.

How to Break the Cycle of Domestic Abuse

By | Domestic Violence

If domestic abuse has a pattern, that pattern would be the cycle. The key to ending abuse is to disrupt the cycle and using all legal means available. Read on for more information about how to end abuse—and possibly save your life in the process.

The Cycle of Domestic Abuse

According to experts, domestic abuse rarely comes out of nowhere. Instead, after the initial honeymoon phase, tension begins to build in the relationship. Your partner might insult you, try to control your movements, and isolate you from friends and family. Tension continues to escalate until it culminates in an act of domestic violence.

However, many abusers immediately plead for forgiveness and become even more attentive to their partners. The aftermath of the violence starts a second honeymoon phase—which does not last long.

Getting Off the Merry-Go-Round

Breaking the cycle takes willpower and incredible strength. It also requires facing some uncomfortable facts. That slap in the face? That is probably not an isolated incident. The drunken assaults which send you to the emergency room? Those are likely to increase in intensity.

The first step you can take: tell someone about the abuse. Make sure it is someone you can trust, otherwise they might casually tell the abuser what you told them. If there is no one you can trust, try to meet with a counselor or other mental health professional. They are professionally obligated to maintain confidentiality.

Also develop a safety plan. The only way to really end the cycle is to leave. Ahead of time, you should pull together an escape plan, which should include:

  • Ways of leaving the home in a fast, safe manner
  • Important phone numbers, such as the number to a nearby shelter
  • A bag of everyday items that you will need
  • Important documents, such as Social Security cards, birth certificates, medical records, driver’s license, and car registration
  • Medicine that you will need
  • Money, credit cards, or checks (preferably not for a joint account which your partner could close)
  • Items your children will need, if you have children

Finally, seek an order of protection against your abuser. This is a court order telling your abuser that they cannot contact you or come near you. You must request an order from the court in the county where the abuser lives. For help, you can work with an attorney, visit a legal aid clinic, or download the protective order kit available at the Attorney General’s website.

Speak with a Galveston or League City Domestic Abuse Attorney

Breaking the cycle of domestic abuse is difficult—but possible. You may have legal options that you are unaware of. To schedule a consultation with a talented Houston criminal defense attorney to discuss your case, please call the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates today, 281-843-9776.

How to Fight a Protective Order in Galveston, Texas

By | Domestic Violence

Protective orders are powerful tools. If a judge issues a domestic violence order of protection against you, you might need to move out of the house and turn over any firearm in your possession. Protective orders can frustrate your ability to take care of yourself and deter you from seeing your children. As a result, it is not unusual for a person to make rash and outright false allegations of domestic violence to get a protective order against a partner.

Fortunately, you do have options for fighting a protective order so that you can get back to your normal life. Follow these tips below.

Immediately “Lawyer Up”

You can try to fight the order on your own. But chances are you will not be very persuasive before the judge or know how to expose inconsistencies and gaps in your partner’s story. Instead, find an experienced Galveston domestic violence attorney to represent you.

Review the Protective Order

The police probably delivered it to you, which might have come as a complete surprise. When you can get a moment to think clearly, look at the protective order. It should explain the threatening or violent conduct you allegedly engaged in.

The accusations should be fairly detailed, though it is not unusual for crucial details to be missing. Remember that emergency protective orders are issued without ever hearing your side of the story, so do not be surprised if the allegations are presented in a slanted way.

Collect Evidence

Ideally, you should convince the judge at your hearing that you did not engage in the violent or threatening conduct. This is the best defense—much better than “she started it.” Simply pointing out that your boyfriend or girlfriend is also violent does not do much to convince the judge that the protective order is unnecessary.

Instead, collect any of the following:

  • The names of witnesses who observed the event. They might be able to testify that your partner actually attacked you while you tried to stop the violence.
  • Any physical evidence, such as clothing or beer bottles. Your partner might have been out of control because she was drunk.
  • Emails or letters in which your partner admits what really happened during the incident giving rise to the protective order.

Be Professional in Court

Judges, like everyone else, make snap judgments based on appearance, so look as professional as possible—neatly groomed, cleanly dressed, etc. You will also have to answer questions at the hearing. Remember to be honest and keep your answers factual. Do not engage in character assassination or vulgar language. If you need an interpreter because you do not speak English well, then ask for one.

In a Jam? Contact a Galveston or League City Domestic Violence Lawyer

Those accused of domestic violence have rights, one of which is the right to a fair hearing in front of a judge. To protect yourself, build the strongest defense possible, using high-quality evidence. If you need help in Houston, contact the skilled criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates for a consultation. We have helped many people accused of domestic violence and are prepared to discuss your options with you. Call (281) 843-9776. 

How to Extend or Modify a Protective Order in a Texas Domestic Violence Case

By | Domestic Violence

If you have a Texas protective order for your security and the safety of your family, it can be terrifying to think about what the abuser may do when the stated time period comes to an end. According to the terms included in the order, a restraining order may be in effect for a few weeks, months, or even years, depending on the situation. Even when the order is not expiring, you may live in fear due to types of misconduct by an abuser that were not specifically addressed in the order, but are now becoming an issue. You are vulnerable because police cannot take action against conduct that is not officially illegal.

Fortunately, Texas law provides a modification process for protective orders, giving you legal options to extend your protection. However, because the process to modify a restraining order can be complicated, you should discuss your circumstances with a skilled Galveston, TX domestic violence lawyer.

Types of Protective Orders Under Texas Law

There are three classifications of restraining orders in Texas, which are applicable to different situations depending on the details of your case.

  1. Emergency Restraining Order: An EPO is an order that must be issued by the court immediately after an arrest; you can also apply for one due to an incident of domestic violence where there was no arrest. You are not required to be present in court, nor do you need to give notice to your abuser regarding the proceedings. An EPO may last from 31 to 91 days.
  2. Temporary Protective Order: A court may issue a TRO for up to 20 days upon filing of a petition related to a domestic abuse situation. It can protect you from a range of abusive conduct, since the law allows a judge to direct the abuser to do or not do certain acts.
  3. General Order of Protection: This type of order can go up to two years where a court determines that violence has occurred and is likely to occur again if the abuser is not enjoined. A judge may issue this restraining order for beyond two years, but only if the abuser was the subject of two or more previous orders or caused serious bodily injury to the victim.

Proceedings to Extend or Modify a Restraining Order Terms

To make changes to the terms and conditions of a protective order, you must file a motion that includes your specific requests, such as:

  • To extend the time period as provided by law; or,
  • To include any item or acts that could have been contained in the original order.

You do have to give notice to the respondent if you petition the court to extend or modify a restraining order, but this requirement is fulfilled by sending the documents via registered or certified mail to his or her last known address.

Legal Help from a Galveston, TX Domestic Violence Lawyer

If your protective order is coming to an end or you have reasons to modify the existing terms, it is critical to consult with a dedicated domestic violence attorney. Our lawyers at Tad Nelson & Associates can assist with modifications, extensions, or any other details related to Texas restraining orders, so please call our Galveston, TX office today at 281-843-9776 to set up a consultation. You can also visit us online for more information on our services.

Technology and Stalking in Texas Domestic Violence Cases

By | Domestic Violence

Physical harm and threats are synonymous with domestic violence, but there may also be elements of stalking if you are involved in an abusive relationship. While we rely on technology and digital devices for our everyday activities, they can also provide the means for an abuser to track a victim. NPR reported in January 2018 that digital stalking is on the rise among ex-spouses who use devices to manipulate, control, and gather evidence for divorce cases; plus, abusers may employ tracking technology to locate an individual and cause harm. If you are exiting or already left an abusive relationship, you can protect yourself by reviewing your use of certain devices and eliminating those that put you at risk. You should also consider retaining an experienced Galveston, TX domestic violence attorney who can help explain legal options for dealing with a dangerous abuser.

Cell Phone and Tablet Applications

Whether or not you are aware of it, your smart phone and tablet – and the applications you install on them – can reveal your whereabouts. You can disable GPS tracking on your mobile device, but use extra caution when posting content on social media. A photo, comment, video, or other material may include a time and location stamp. Messages you send, including texts and emails, can also reveal your actions, especially if you share a cell phone or other telecommunications account with a stalker.

GPS Devices

Even if you disable tracking functionality on your cell phone and delete apps that may disclose your location, there are miniature GPS devices that can be placed almost anywhere, undetected. They are small enough to drop into your purse, a jacket pocket, or other clothing items. Worse, they can be installed on the vehicle you use, giving an abuser a minute-by-minute account of where you are and have been throughout the day.

This is a criminal act and it may be possible to press charges if you do spot these tiny devices on your car. However, the above-mentioned NPR article recounted the story of a woman who was powerless to take legal action against her ex-husband after he placed a miniature GPS on her vehicle. After their divorce, the couple still maintained joint ownership of the car. Because it was half his, the man had a right to track his own vehicle.

Laptops and Tablets: Some of the applications that you use on your smartphone are also accessible via your computer or laptop. These devices can reveal your location and online activities in the same way as your portable devices.

Discuss Stalking and Physical Abuse with a Galveston, TX Domestic Violence Lawyer

If you suspect that an abuser is using any device to track your location or otherwise engage in digital stalking, immediately cease use of your cell phone, tablet, computer, and any other device that could allow monitoring. Check your vehicle yourself or have a trustworthy mechanic in the Houston area look it over for foreign devices. Finally, please call 281-843-9776 or go online to reach the attorneys at the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates in Galveston, TX. We can tell you more about your legal options in all types of domestic violence matters, and we offer a free consultation to review your situation.