My question involves criminal law for the state of: Texas
Hi, These are the facts I am hoping to get an answer to. And thank you in advance!
In Nov. 2006 My EX fiancee and I had a horrific argument over an alleged affair (him). Alcohol was involved. I no longer drink-that night was my last night of ever drinking alcohol. Anyway, he left our apartment implying he was going to "her" home to sleep with her. I am a very passive person, but I lost it. I had financially taken care of this sociopath for 5 years. I am ashamed to say, I took out scissors and cut up almost all of the clothes I had purchased for him-over a thousand dollars worth(guessing-no receipts and I'm not sure how the police came up with that number). I took them and his laptop and threw them over the ledge of the patio. Enter the ex fiancee. 6'4 bad temper-he beat me so badly for almost 2 hrs. I believed that he was going to kill me. Long story short-he went outside to retrieve his things and I called 911. The police came, made a report but talked me out of pressing charges because they explained that LEGALLY I would be charged with a felony for criminal mischief and he would be charged with battery-misdemeanor. Neither of us pressed charges. At the time, I did not know that choking someone, in some states carries a higher penalty. So, 2 questions. In the state of Texas what are the laws on choking/strangulation and statute of limitations on filing criminal charges (and does it matter that I did not mention that?) 2nd question... How long does he have to file charges against me for criminal mischief?
Thank you so much!