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By Brooke Price

Economic stress, job uncertainty, trouble finding childcare, and weeks of social distancing create situations for anxiety and tension. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, relationships with loved ones are being challenged in new ways.

Officials in cities with high numbers of reported cases are anticipating, and in some places seeing, a rise in domestic violence and family violence calls. According to the Statesman, “compared with the same period last year, the SAFE Alliance, which operates emergency shelters and provides services to domestic abuse victims in Central Texas, saw a 15% increase in calls.”

Governor Abbot declared a state of disaster in Texas on March 13. According to Tex. Penal Code § 12.50, punishments for certain crimes are being enhanced. This means if you commit a crime in a disaster area, your punishment may be elevated to the next higher category. If an assault charge is normally a class A misdemeanor, the minimum term of confinement for the offense is increased to 180 days.

If you have been charged with a domestic violence or family violence offense it is important to have proper legal representation. With over 25 years of combined legal experience, Price & Wiggins, P.C. can properly represent you and advise you of your rights. Without proper legal representation, you could be facing these serious consequences alone.

Our office remains open and working during this unprecedented time. We are available to discuss your case by phone or video conference.

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