Will Family Violence Cases Have a New Serious Consequence?

Criminal defense attorneys throughout Texas advise their clients about the consequence of a conviction for every criminal offense. This is a necessary part of our justice system to ensure that people know the consequences of a conviction before deciding how to resolve their cases. In addition to the possibility of incarceration, fines, and fees, a person convicted of an offense involving family violence could lose the right to vote and/or to bear arms. Additionally, the conviction could be used as evidence in a later divorce or custody proceeding.

Prior to the end of the 2013 legislative session, the Texas House passed a bill, which requires the State of Texas to create and maintain a database of offenders who have committed offenses involving family violence. This database is available to any member of the public.

The Texas Senate did not vote on this bill before the legislative session ended. It seemed the bill would have to wait until next session to see whether this bill would become law. However, on May27, 2013, Governor Perry called a 30 day special meeting of the Texas House and Senate. With only one item on the agenda so far, the State database for individuals convicted family violence can be added to the agenda.

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