Georgia may see changes to domestic violence laws

Consequences for domestic violence may soon become even more significant in Georgia. A domestic violence bill recently passed the Georgia state senate and will be voted on in the Georgia House of Representatives. The bill could make the first charge of family violence battery a felony if the accused individual had previously been charged with a similar family violence act. The charge would still be a felony even if the previous incident had resulted in a plea bargain or occurred in another state.

It has been noted that the change in the law would close a current loophole.

Whether an individual is facing a misdemeanor or felony criminal charge in Georgia, it is important that they understand their criminal defense rights. The penalties and consequences of a domestic violence charge can be significant, and longer probation terms have been suggested as a future change to domestic violence laws. Concerning any criminal charges, it is important to be aware of current law and changes to the law.

The right to defend against accusations, allegations and criminal charges is always a right an individual has. There are different methods to defend against criminal charges depending on the charges, alleged evidence and circumstances of the alleged incident. A strong defense strategy will look at all aspects of the situation, including witness statements and police procedures.

Domestic violence charges can have a lasting impact in ways that may be surprising to individuals accused of domestic violence. Because criminal penalties and additional consequences related to family or housing, as well as other consequences, are possible, it is always important for individuals accused of domestic violence to be familiar with their rights and legal options.

Source: Forsyth County News, "Domestic violence bill moves to state House," Kayla Robins, Feb. 15, 2016

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