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Experienced Legal Advocacy Against Domestic Violence Charges 

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 severe allegations, hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and freedom is one of the most important steps.

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 concerns, thoroughly examine your situation and determine all your legal options to help you dismiss your entire case or reduce your charges/penalties. 

Call Ted Morgan Law today at (706) 622-6255 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our domestic violence attorney in Columbus!

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 spouse, individuals who share children, 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 consideration of the relationship between the parties. If the parties mutually accuse 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 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.

Defenses Against Domestic Violence Charges 

Navigating a domestic violence case requires a strategic defense. Our experienced attorneys at Ted Morgan Law are well-versed in crafting effective defense strategies tailored to the unique circumstances of each case. Possible defenses against domestic violence charges include:

  • Self-Defense: If the accused can demonstrate that the alleged actions were in self-defense, it may serve as a viable defense.
  • False Accusations: In some cases, individuals may be wrongly accused of domestic violence for various reasons. Proving false accusations is a critical aspect of the defense.
  • Lack of Evidence: Challenging the prosecution's evidence and highlighting any lack of credible proof can be a key defense strategy.
  • Consent: Establishing that actions were consensual and not coercive or abusive can be a defense, particularly in cases involving sexual assault allegations.
  • Miranda Rights Violations: If law enforcement fails to properly inform the accused of their Miranda rights during the arrest, it could impact the admissibility of statements made by the accused.

Contact Our Columbus Domestic Violence Attorney Today 

When facing domestic violence charges in Columbus, Georgia, it is imperative to have a skilled and dedicated legal team by your side. At Ted Morgan Law, our attorneys protect your rights and provide the aggressive defense you deserve. We understand the sensitive nature of domestic violence cases and approach each case with the diligence it demands. 

Contact Ted Morgan Law today to meet with our domestic violence lawyer in Columbus!

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