FAQs

If you have not been contacted by the police but worry that you will be, you should get legal advice right away. If you are arrested, remember to tell the police that you will not make any statements until you have a lawyer present. If you do not already have a lawyer, contact one immediately.

The key to obtaining a good outcome in a domestic violence case is to hire an experienced lawyer at your earliest opportunity. The criminal defense attorneys at Hamilton, Hull & Byrd are proud of the effective representation they provide to clients who are charged with domestic violence crimes. Stephen Hamilton, the firm’s lead trial attorney, is one of a small percentage of attorneys in Texas who are board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Hamilton, Hull & Byrd has earned the respect of judges and lawyers across Texas. Our reputation for excellence is the result of hard work and dedication to our clients. The attorneys at Hamilton, Hull & Byrd have a wide range of experience helping clients accused of domestic violence, including representation in family violence protective order hearings, criminal proceedings, and appeals. We also have a talented support staff that includes paralegals and investigators. Our team approach assures that right combination of lawyers and staff members will assist you with your legal problem.
We want all of our clients to have a full understanding of their criminal charges and of the defenses we can raise on their behalf. We prepared the Domestic Violence section of our website with that goal in mind. At the same time, it is important to understand that every case is unique. The best defense in your case can only be determined by conducting a thorough investigation of the facts and a rigorous application of the law.
The attorneys at Hamilton, Hull & Byrd will be happy to evaluate your case and to give you the benefit of our years of experience handling domestic violence cases. Call us at 800-456-7838 to learn more about the services that we can provide. With locations in Abilene, Corpus Christi, McAllen, Midland/ Odessa, Amarillo and Lubbock we are ready to help you anywhere in West Texas. 

Many people accused of domestic violence offenses do exactly the wrong thing. They only end up making a bad situation worse.
Do not try to persuade your accuser to retract the accusation or to drop charges. Only a prosecutor can drop a charge. You put yourself at risk of being charged with intimidating a victim or obstructing justice if your accuser claims that you made threats or asked her to lie to the court.
If you contact your accuser in violation of a family violence protective order or a protective bond condition, you will be charged with a crime. Even if no protective order has been entered or requested, any attempt you make to contact your accuser after your accuser calls the police puts you at risk of being arrested for witness tampering. Talk to a lawyer before you talk to your accuser or anyone else.
Any time you are accused of a crime, you need to be on your best behavior. Any new crime you are accused of committing just makes things worse. Stay out of bars. Stay away from alcohol. Do not get into arguments, particularly with your accuser’s family or friends. Keep a low profile. Wait for the accusation to be resolved before you resume your normal life. Until that happens, do everything you can to avoid situations that put you at risk of a new arrest.
Accusations of domestic violence need to be taken seriously. Before you do anything else, talk to a domestic violence attorney at Hamilton, Hull & Byrd.  Call 800-456-7838 or fill out our online Contract Us form to ask for an appointment at one of our convenient offices. We have offices in Lubbock, Amarillo, Abilene, Corpus Christi, McAllen and Midland/ Odessa Texas. 

If the police arrest you for a domestic violence offense, you should identify yourself (if asked) and you should not resist arrest. Otherwise, say nothing to anyone until you have a chance to talk to a lawyer.
If you are taken to jail, you will have a chance to contact a lawyer after you are booked. You can answer booking questions (such as your address and your height and weight) but do not answer any questions about the crime you are accused of committing. Just say “I will not answer any questions without having my lawyer present.” The police are supposed to stop questioning you as soon as they hear that phrase, but if they persist, keep saying that you will not speak to them until your lawyer is present.
You are entitled to a prompt hearing before a magistrate who will consider releasing you on bond. The magistrate might impose protective bond conditions if you are released. You should try to be represented by a lawyer before the bond hearing so that an effective argument can be made to release you on bond with conditions that are reasonable.
If you are arrested for a Texas crime of domestic violence, turn to a highly regarded criminal defense law firm for help. Call Hamilton, Hull & Byrd at 800-456-7838 to make an appointment with an experienced domestic violence defense attorney. You can also tell us about your arrest by submitting our online Contact Us form. We have offices in Corpus Christi, McAllen, Abilene, Midland/ Odessa, Lubbock and Amarillo Texas. 

If the police are investigating an accusation that you engaged in domestic violence, exercise your right to remain silent. Never talk to the police without having a lawyer present.
You have the right to remain silent even when the police do not advise you of that right. They only need to tell you about your right to remain silent if they arrest you and intend to interrogate you. Usually police want to question you before you are arrested so that they can avoid giving you a Miranda warning. Whether or not they tell you that the right exists, you always have the right to remain silent. Use it.
Do not worry that refusing to speak to the police will make you look guilty. The police already think you are guilty. They just want you to make their job easier by getting you to say something they can use against you.
Do not worry that refusing to speak to the police will make you look guilty. The police already think you are guilty. They just want you to make their job easier by getting you to say something they can use against you.
Whether you are innocent or guilty makes no difference. Too many innocent people have been convicted of crimes because they decided to talk to the police, only to discover that the police twisted their words and used them to obtain a conviction.
Your lawyer will know how to talk to the police on your behalf. Never talk to the police without talking to a lawyer first. In most cases, your lawyer will advise you not to talk to the police at all.
Put a domestic violence defense attorney between you and the police. Before you talk to a police officer, talk to one of the experienced lawyers at Hamilton, Hull & Byrd. To make an appointment, call 800-456-7838 of submit our online Contact Us form. We have offices in Abilene, Corpus Christi, McAllen, Amarillo, Lubbock and Midland/ Odessa Texas.