Few accusations can cause more lasting damage than domestic violence. The accusation can change the life of an individual or family forever. After an accusation of family violence, the police will almost always choose to make an arrest. After that, a couple can lose control over how the charges are handled. Police departments and prosecutors regularly prosecute cases even when the person who called the police no longer wants to move forward with the charges. Even worse, domestic violence cases carry an affirmative finding of family violence which makes the criminal record unsealable and impossible to clear from a criminal history.
The consequences of an affirmative finding of family violence are multiple:
Unfortunately, this makes affluent clients susceptible to accusations that are financially motivated. At times, they can be encouraged by attorneys or counselors to include such allegations as part of a divorce.
However, great legal representation can help avoid or mitigate these outcomes.
Kendall Castello and Messina Madson were the chief and deputy chief of the Dallas County DA’s Family Violence Division and now regularly represent professionals who are accused of domestic violence crimes. With more than 30 years of combined criminal experience and 300 trials between us, we have handled hundreds of these cases as prosecutors and defense attorneys, and we know how to analyze and defend them. Understanding the prosecutor’s mindset and the weaknesses of these types of allegations, our firm has achieved great results in many cases—including dismissals and no-bills—often keeping the allegations from ever becoming public.
Madson Castello, PLLC, is committed to providing extensive, personalized attention to every client. Unlike firms that depend upon high volumes of cases, we choose to work with few clients for exceptional results. We use our extensive experience as both prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys to zealously fight for our clients. If that sounds like what you are looking for, we are an ideal firm.
Class C Assault Family Violence – offensive contact with a family member
Assault Family Violence – Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes pain to a family member
Violation of a Protective Order – A non-assaultive violation of a protective order
Assault Family Violence Enhanced – An assault family violence with a previous affirmative finding of family violence
Violation of a Protective Order – An assaultive or stalking violation of a protective order
Assault Family Violence Impeding – Assault family violence by impeding the normal breathing of circulation of the blood of a person
Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon – Assault Family Violence (see above) 1) using a deadly weapon OR 2) that causes serious bodily injury
Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon – Assault Family Violence (see above) 1) using a deadly weapon AND 2) that causes serious bodily injury
Murder – Intentionally or knowingly causes the death of another person
When you are accused of a criminal offense, nothing speaks louder than the results an attorney earns. Here are a few examples of results we have received in recent cases:
Assault Family Violence Impeding – A decorated veteran and successful businessman accused of crime by his wife who was a medical doctor, shortly before she filed for divorce. We successfully challenged the case through the grand jury with polygraph results, illustration of her financial motivation to make the accusation, and his exemplary past relationships and military record. Case was initially reduced to a misdemeanor by the grand jury and later dismissed and expunged while complainant continued to press for full prosecution.
Assault Family Violence Impeding – A highly successful businessman accused of crime against his wife. She initially files for divorce. Through extensive work with client’s divorce attorney, we were able to help client address his issue with alcohol and begin intensive marital counseling. The marriage was eventually reconciled and the case dismissed and expunged.
Violation of a Protective Order – Business executive with significant addiction issue shows up at his former home in violation of a protective order while highly inebriated. We were able to negotiate a conditional dismissal based on proven sobriety and an anger management course. Case was dismissed and will soon be expunged.