What to do if charged with domestic violence

On Behalf of | Feb 11, 2022 | Firm News

Many times domestic violence charges come down to a story of one party’s word versus the other.

Some instances involve a misunderstanding or argument that got out of control while others are a result of a pattern. Either way, if you face charges for domestic violence, understanding what you are up against is essential.

Contact someone who can help

Whether you believe that your actions warranted the charges filed, you could still require legal counsel. Consider contacting an attorney to assist you as you navigate this complex process. If you attempt going through the legal system without representation, you could risk unknowingly getting yourself deeper into trouble.

Know what constitutes domestic abuse

You may feel confused as to why you stand accused of domestic abuse when you never physically harmed your partner. Under Georgia law, behaviors other than physical violence constitute domestic abuse. Those actions include controlling or manipulative behavior, financial abuse and property damage.

Respect protective orders

If a court issues a Family Law Protective Order, you must follow it. This could mean that you can no longer contact your spouse or partner and that you must leave the home you share. Further, a court may grant temporary custody and child support orders. Failure to comply with the terms of a protective order can result in a fine of $1,000 and as much as one year in jail.

Any criminal charges filed against you are serious. Follow your lawyer’s advice and all court orders to keep yourself from further legal repercussions.