Domestic violence is a serious charge that can result in serious penalties under Georgia law. An individual charged with domestic violence can face jail time and fines. In addition, the court will often enter a protective order which can prevent the accused from entering their own home or seeing their children. A domestic violence conviction will result in a criminal record and a damaged reputation.
In a domestic disturbance situation police officers will often make an arrest quickly in order to separate the parties and prevent any further violence. This means an arrest is often made before all the facts can be investigated.
Fortunately, it is possible to defend against domestic violence accusations in court. In many cases the accused individual can show that the alleged victim was the one who initiated the violence. Sometimes it is possible to show that the accused acted in self-defense, especially if the alleged victim was threatening them with a weapon.
Finally, it is not at all uncommon for people to make false claims of domestic violence. This can happen when the alleged victim is motivated by jealousy or revenge, or is trying to get an advantage in a child custody or divorce proceeding. A thorough investigation of the facts can often uncover the truth.
Anyone charged with a crime in Georgia has the right to an attorney. At the Law Firm of The Law Firm of Christopher T. Adams, P.C., we are committed to fighting for the rights of those accused of domestic violence. You can learn more by visiting our Domestic Violence web page.