Woodstock Domestic Violence Attorney
An impassioned atmosphere surrounds family violence. Advocacy groups and increased media coverage have drawn the attention to the issues surrounding.
Legislatures in Georgia and states across the nation have taken action, resulting in pervasive policies and avid prosecution. With strict enforcement of Georgia’s Family Violence Act and new laws, you may find yourself charged with domestic violence even if the victim was unwilling or refused to bring action against you.
According to Georgia law, acts of domestic violence include any felony, battery, simple battery, simple assault, assault, stalking, criminal damage to property, unlawful restraint and criminal trespass between certain persons. You do not have to be married to someone to be accused of family violence. The accuser’s relationship may be as a former spouse, a parent of the same child, parents and children, stepparents and stepchildren, foster parents and foster children or someone living or formerly living in the same household.
When facing a family violence allegation, retaining a lawyer as soon as possible is your best course of action. Penalties for conviction may include loss or restriction of visitation rights, if you are divorced and do not have custody of your children, of your right to vote, to possess firearms, or possibly even in jail time. If kidnapping or assault with a weapon were an aspect of the domestic violence accusation, you may even face felony charges.
When you are accused of family violence an experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and explain the legal options available to you. At the Ghanouni Teen & Young Adult Defense Firm, located in Woodstock, we represent clients throughout Cherokee County and surrounding municipalities. We are dedicated to ensuring that each of our clients has full protection of the law.
Please call our office today at 770-720-6336 to arrange an initial consultation at no cost to you.
Frequently Asked QuestionsIsn’t a warrant required for the police to search me?
In general terms, a warrant is required for police to initiate a search. If a police officer comes to your home, a warrant will be required to take you into custody. However, if the officer has reason to think you might run, destroy evidence or harm someone else, he can arrest you at home without a warrant.
If an arrest takes place somewhere other than your home, the following circumstance dictate that a warrant is not necessary for search:
- Consent – While you are not required to consent to any police searches, a warrant is not required if you consent to a search of your body, your vehicle, or your home. You always have the right to say no to search and make the police get a warrant or use their discretion to search, which can be challenged in court
- Searches incident to arrest – When making an arrest, a law enforcement officer is permitted to search your body and/or clothing for weapons or other contraband.
- Vehicle searches – If you are in a vehicle and are stopped for questioning, the police still need probable cause to conduct a complete vehicle search that includes locked trunks, glove or other compartments.
- Exigent circumstances – Searches may be conducted if there are “exigent circumstances,” for example, if the officer believes evidence may be destroyed unless he takes immediate action.
- Plain view – When police see an object that is in plain view, a search warrant is not needed.
How we help You
We help to minimize the impact that the accusations against you have on your life by creating a customized plan that best serves you.
We do not offer one size fits criminal defense.
We help protect the futures of Georgia teens and young adults accused of crimes.