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Texas judge charged with family violence assault in Dallas

A Texas district judge was arrested and charged with family violence assault overnight Friday, NBC 5 has learned.

Early Saturday morning NBC 5 received the mugshot for Judge Carlos Cortez, who was booked into a Dallas jail at about 4:30 a.m.

According to a Dallas police report, Cortez and his girlfriend of 13 months got into an argument over the location of a child's medication while at an apartment on McKinney Avenue.

While talking with police, the woman told officers that they had been drinking alcohol for several hours. The woman then told police that Cortez grabbed her by her throat several times, dragged her by her hair to a balcony and leaned her over the edge while verbally threatening to kill her.

The woman, identified in the report, displayed several marks on her neck to officers before being examined and treated.

According to the report, a juvenile witnessed the entire incident.

Earlier this month, a DallasNews.com report said Cortez has spent more than three years and $135,000 in legal fees fighting to keep certain aspects of his private life from the public.

Cortez, who was arrested and charged in the family violence case, bonded out shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday.

Cortez has presided over the 44th State Civil District Court in Dallas County since 2006.  Earlier this year, Cortez, a Democrat, filed for re-election in the 2014 race, according to the TCJL PAC.

NBC 5's Eric King and Ray Villeda contributed to this report.  An initial version of this story reported that Cortez had been in elected office since 1996 instead of 2006, we regret the error.