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 family members.
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
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..
When you are ready, schedule a no-cost, confidential case evaluation.