Understanding domestic violence charges and restraining orders

Not all family members and significant others get along. While this can be part of the natural ups and downs in life, when these fights escalate, they can result in serious situations. If a dispute turns physical, this could result in a domestic violence. Ultimately, this could mean one or more people facing domestic dispute charges, which could mean enduring serious criminal penalties.

When an individual is in a domestic violence situation, he or she might file for a temporary restraining order. In the state of Georgia, this is a court order that directs what an individual can or cannot do. Simply, it is piece of paper signed by a judge that states the specific terms concerning what the named person must follow. The failure to comply could result in legal consequences.

In Georgia, this document is referred to as a family violence protection order and it offers this civil legal protection for both female and male victims of domestic violence. When this order is established, it prohibits the offender from being able to contact the victim for a specific period of time. If an offender violates these terms, he or she could be jailed and face additional criminal charges in conjunction with aggravated stalking.

If you have been accused of domestic violence, it is important to understand what this charge means and how it could impact your life and relationship with the presumed victim. The major issue with these charges is that it involves a family member or a loved one. This can present many challenges in the accused's life, possibly destroying this and other close relationships. Because of that, it is essential to note ways to navigate this legal issue and how to prevent criminal consequences.

Source: Findlaw.com, "Georgia Temporary Restraining Order Laws," accessed Oct. 22, 2017

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