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Being arrested for a domestic violence offense in Georgia can result in enhanced penalties if convicted, being subject to a restraining order, and irreparable damage to your personal life and professional reputation – even after you serve your sentence. When facing serious allegations, one of the most important steps to take is hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and freedom.
At Ted Morgan Law, we are committed to helping you obtain the best possible outcome in your case. Our Columbus domestic violence lawyer has more than 23 years of trial-tested experience defending clients against serious criminal charges. We can listen to your story and your concerns, thoroughly examine your situation, and figure out all your legal options to help you either get your entire case dismissed or your charges/penalties reduced.
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Georgia Domestic Violence Laws & Penalties
In Georgia, domestic violence is commonly referred to as “family violence,” which is defined as a criminal offense involving a current or former spouses, individuals who share children together, parents and children, stepparents and stepchildren, foster parents and foster children, current or former household members (e.g., other family members, unmarried romantic partners, and roommates).
If police officers have probable cause to believe that family violence occurred, then they may make an arrest – without the victim’s consent and without consideration of the relationship between the parties. If the parties are mutually accusing each other, the police will determine and arrest the primary aggressor.
The following are the common types of family violence offenses, along with the associated penalties:
- Assault and battery – While simple assault means attempting to commit a violent injury or placing someone in imminent fear of such injury, battery means intentionally making physical contact to harm another person, or provoke or insult someone. Simple assault or battery involving family violence is a misdemeanor, which carries a maximum jail term of 12 years and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
- Aggravated assault and battery – Aggravated assault means assaulting someone with a deadly weapon or dangerous object, by firing a gun from a vehicle toward them, or with intent to rob, rape, or murder. If an assault results in a serious injury, then that is considered aggravated assault. Family violence involving aggravated assault and battery is punishable by imprisonment for up to 20 years.
- Stalking – Stalking means contacting someone in order to harass or intimidate them. Simple stalking carries a jail sentence of up to 12 months and/or a maximum fine of $1,000. However, following or watching someone in violation of a protective order is considered aggravated stalking, punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years.
- Violation of family violence protective orders – A person who violates a family violence protective order by either contacting someone or visiting them at home or in the workplace can be held in contempt of court or criminally charged. A conviction is punishable by a maximum jail sentence of 12 months and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
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