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 QuestionsWhat should I do if I am arrested?
The moment you are placed under arrest, constitutional rights protect you. The only thing you have to say is, “I want to speak with an attorney” or “I have nothing to say now.”
When you are in police custody, under the Miranda Rule, you must be informed of specific constitutional rights before you are interrogated. Your rights are:
- The right to remain silent
- The right to have an attorney present during questioning
- The right to have an attorney appointed if you are unable to afford one
Why It Is Important To Remain Silent Until You Retain An Attorney
Police do not have to read your Miranda rights, until they arrest you, and can question you before taking you into custody. Anything you say before an arrest can be used against you later in court and anything you say after arrest may be used against you if a court determines that it is not the product of police questioning.
Additionally, many police vehicles and interrogation rooms have recording devices. Even if you believe you are alone or think the only other person there is someone with whom you were arrested, you need to understand that you may still be recorded and those statements could be used against you. Your decision to tell the police that you do not want to answer any questions or speak to them cannot be used against you in trial.
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.