What You Can Expect If You’re Accused of Domestic Violence in Georgia
Dealing with allegations of domestic violence is never easy, especially if you have been wrongfully accused. Knowing what to expect after being accused of domestic violence can help you to keep your cool and avoid making the situation any worse with your actions.
With this in mind, the following is an overview of what you can expect to happen if you are accused of domestic violence in Georgia.
The early phases of a domestic violence case involve a lot of turbulence and uncertainty. When police first arrive to the scene, they will decide which person’s story they want to believe and will often err on the side of the accuser. Georgia does not have mandatory arrest laws for domestic violence cases, but police officers can take it upon themselves to make an arrest — and many times do.
If you’re placed under arrest, you could have a temporary protection order issued against you that prevents you from making any form of contact with the alleged victim. You might also need to find temporary housing while the case is in progress. A more permanent protective order could be issued as you wait for the case to proceed.
You will also likely have little input as to whether the charges get officially filed. This can be understandably frustrating. Prosecutors decide whether or not to press charges based on their review of the evidence, even if the victim does not wish to move forward.
If the offenses you are charged with are felonies, you could face very serious penalties, including incarceration. You would also be restricted from buying or owning firearms if convicted.
These are severe allegations that can completely upend your life and, if you have children, affect your relationship with your kids. It is therefore important to retain the services of a skilled criminal defense attorney rather than attempting to talk your way out of the situation yourself.
If you have been charged with domestic violence in Georgia, seek the skilled legal counsel of a criminal defense lawyer right away. Call the Law Offices of Melvin S. Nash at 770.422.0878 or contact us online.