Atlanta Domestic Violence Lawyer
Minimizing Repercussions of a Family Violence Charge
Domestic violence is defined under Georgia law as any form of violence
that is brought upon by one family member to another, such as parents
and children, step or foster parents and children, grandparents, aunts
and uncles, and can also extend to other members who have lived or are
currently living in the household. These acts may be coercive, abusive,
threatening, or the individual accused may use force. It may also mean
emotional or economic abuse.
If a family member has notified authorities, claiming that there is domestic
violence in your home, law enforcement may interrogate you in an attempt
to admit to any wrongdoing. Domestic violence charges are taken very seriously
by law enforcement, which means you could face any number of penalties,
which will depend upon the level of accusation, if there were injuries,
and how severe those injuries were. That is why you must make it a priority
to protect yourself.
Call an Atlanta domestic violence attorney from our firm behind you today so
that we can begin crafting your defense!
Family Violence Cases We Handle
Georgia defines domestic violence as an act of "family violence,"
portecting against sexual, physical, or emotional abuse experienced from
Here are common examples of family violence:
- Assault and battery
- Sexual assault
- Child abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Economic abuse
Punishment for Domestic Violence in Georgia
The punishments for family violence acts are often much more severe than
in cases where violence is committed between strangers. Not to mention,
there may often be an emotional element involved between family members
that may be damaging to one another's trust.
In the some situations, family members can request to have a courts order
a restraining order on the family member. Alleged offenders could be forced
to stay away from family members, cease communication, and could even
lose custody of your children. Additionally, for a felony or misdemeanor
domestic violence charge, the penalties you face may include jail time,
probation, classes for anger management, fines, or community service.
Misdemeanor domestic violence:
- Hundreds of dollars in fines
- Up to 1 year in jail
Felony-level domestic violence:
- Thousands of dollars in fines
- Between 18 months – 3 years in prison
Handling False Domestic Violence Claims
Inaccurate domestic violence claims can be detrimental to another person’s
criminal record and may affect that person’s life forever.
Domestic violence claims can include anything involving:
- Criminal harassment
No matter what the claim may be, it is best to handle the situation by
retaining an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer to
make sure your rights are protected. Below is a list of different approaches
you may want to consider when handling a partner’s inaccurate domestic
violence claims or threats.
1.If the two of you are unmarried but share a dwelling…
Contact an Atlanta domestic violence attorney to discuss the different
ways you can have your partner removed from the home. Additionally, seek
help or advice from a law enforcement agent if your spouse has threatened
to make false claims against you. This may save you from an unnecessary
arrest or holding.
2.If you two are married…
Get in touch with a lawyer to decide the safest way to end the marriage.
In doing this, you have a better chance of safeguarding your rights, despite
what your partner may claim or threaten to claim.
3.If you are married but are apprehensive about terminating the relationship
due to reasons such as shared children…
Contact a knowledgeable Atlanta domestic violence lawyer to discuss how
you can protect yourself from false allegations without jeopardizing the
custody of your child.
Law enforcement officers are trained to protect people. If a person claims
they were harmed, officers will usually do anything possible to ensure
that person’s safety, especially if children are involved.
In fact, nearly 700,000 wrongful arrests occur annually due to inaccurate
domestic violence claims. Although you may not be convicted, a domestic violence claim can have
significant effects on your life immediately and until your case is handled properly.
Hire a Former Prosecutor
Our lead attorney's experience as a former prosecutor for the U.S.
Department of Justice has given our firm the insight to take on any number
of challenging cases. Remember that while domestic violence charges can
resolve in court, the best way to obtain complete protection from your
charges is to hire The Law Offices of Howard J. Weintraub, P.C..
Accused of domestic violence? When you are ready,
schedule a no-cost, confidential case evaluation.