An impassioned atmosphere surrounds family violence. Advocacy groups and increased media coverage have drawn 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 may be a former spouse, a co-parent, parents, children, stepparents, stepchildren, foster parents, 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; your right to vote or possess firearms, or possibly even jail time. If kidnapping or assault with a weapon are 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. A Cherokee County family violence lawyer can also assess your case, answer questions, and help you minimize the impact of the allegation. Reach out to us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your defense options.