In Georgia, domestic violence is considered “family violence.” Georgia law defines domestic violence as physical, emotional, or sexual abuse enacted by one family member on another, meaning the law protects all family members and intimate partners, not just spouses.
Family members can be charged with domestic violence for committing acts of abuse against anyone within a household. Parents, grandparents, children, aunts, uncles, cousins, and siblings can be either victims or perpetrators of domestic violence.
Yes. In Georgia, the state takes the case as soon as charges are filed. Even if the accuser wants to drop charges, it is up to the state to decide.
Some cases of domestic violence are charged as felonies, but it depends on the specifics of the case.
Domestic abuse is also called domestic violence or, in Georgia, family violence. Domestic abuse means mental, emotional, financial, psychological, or sexual abuse carried out by one family member against another. Family members can include spouses, intimate partners, siblings, parents, children, or anyone living in the same household.
When domestic abuse is physically violent, it is considered assault or battery. There are a few sub-classifications of assault or battery, including:
Many different actions can be considered domestic violence in Georgia, including:
To be charged with domestic violence, the victim and the person accused must be in a legally defined relationship. These relationships can include:
Additionally, the Family Violence Act in Georgia defines the following offenses as domestic violence:
Penalties for domestic violence in Georgia can include time in prison, fines, probation, community service hours, restraining orders, and educational classes.
Fighting back against domestic violence charges involves significant investigation. A good lawyer will interview witnesses, collect evidence, and review police and witness testimony. Based carefully listening to your side of the story and collecting evidence, your lawyer will build a strong defense. Some frequently used defenses for domestic violence include:
At The Claiborne Firm, we are known for fighting against unfair treatment in the legal system. We can afford to give each client the attention they deserve because we only take the cases that matter. Then, we mount an aggressive defense in court by coming up with creative defense strategies. We will never back down from a challenge.
If you are facing domestic violence accusations, schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation with us or call us at (912) 236-9559 today.
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