The law firm of Christopher T. Adams, P.C., has assisted clients who legitimately need protection from physical abuse, threats of violence or stalking.
But people commonly abuse the domestic violence system, filing frivolous reports of assault to kick a partner out of the home or gain advantage in a divorce or custody dispute.
Attorney Chris Adams has represented people on both sides of domestic violence proceedings. If you need a protective order, or if you are accused of spousal abuse or violating a restraining order, call 800-582-0304 for a free consultation. Our Lawrenceville, Georgia lawyer practices in the North Metro area of Atlanta.
Domestic Violence: Victim Or Defense Representation
Either police are called to a domestic disturbance and make an arrest, or the victim of assault or threatening behavior can appear before a magistrate and ask for a temporary protective order. As a precaution, these are often granted. The alleged abuser will be escorted from the home and ordered to stay away and have no contact.
In 7 to 10 days, the court will hear arguments for continuing the protective order for six months to a year.
- If we are representing the victim, Mr. Adams prepares proof of a pattern of abuse or stalking behavior, and evidence that the behavior will continue or escalate without court intervention.
- If we are representing the accused, our job is to show that the acts never occurred or were isolated or blown out of proportion and unlikely to reoccur. Or we will argue provocation, self-defense or mutual combat.
If there was serious bodily harm or a weapon was involved, the person may also face felony charges of aggravated assault.
What Happens When You Violate Protective Orders
A protective order is a piece of paper. It won't stop a truly violent and controlling abuser. But the court order serves as a warning, and if the subject contacts, harasses or threatens the victim or vandalizes property, the person is subject to additional criminal charges, up to a felony charge of aggravating stalking.
But those who fabricate or exaggerate domestic violence claims will also use protective orders to their advantage. We have represented clients who were falsely charged with violating protective orders, and those who made contact but had no ill intent — they only wanted to see their kids, apologize to the victim or try to reconcile.
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Christopher T. Adams, P.C., will readily help victims of real abuse, and we will vigorously defend the accused to avoid being railroaded to jail or kept away from their children. Call us at 800-582-0304 or contact us online today.