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In Georgia, accusations of domestic violence include accusations of physical harm, threats, and emotional or financial manipulation among family or household members.

Our law firm is dedicated to defending individuals accused of these serious offenses, providing expert legal representation through the complexities of the justice system. We aim to ensure a fair trial, protect legal rights, and achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.


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Domestic Violence in Georgia

The state of Georgia classifies domestic violence as ‘family violence’. Family violence involves abuse among family members, partners, or other defined relationships. It typically arises when one individual exercises control and power over another through physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.

Domestic violence in Georgia (Georgia Code Title 19, Chapter 13, Section O.C.G.A. § 19-13-1) is legally recognized as any felony, battery, simple battery, simple assault, assault, stalking, criminal damage to property, unlawful restraint, or criminal trespass between past or present spouses, parents of the same child, parents and children, stepparents and stepchildren, foster parents and foster children, or other persons living or formerly living in the same household.

In Georgia, domestic violence isn’t limited to physical harm but also includes threats, emotional abuse, and financial control.

Penalties for Domestic Violence in Georgia

Someone charged with domestic violence faces significant legal consequences, which can vary based on the severity of the charges and any previous offenses.

Criminal Penalties: For a first offense of simple battery, which is typically charged as a misdemeanor, the penalty can include up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. If the offense is escalated to aggravated battery or it’s a subsequent offense, it could be charged as a felony, potentially resulting in up to five years in prison and substantial fines, sometimes as high as $10,000.

Protective Orders: Courts can issue Family Violence Protective Orders, which may include provisions such as evicting the accused from their home, prohibiting contact with the victim, or requiring the accused to provide alternate housing for the victim and any children involved. Violating these orders can lead to additional criminal charges, including aggravated stalking.

Long-Term Consequences: A domestic violence conviction can lead to a permanent criminal record, which may affect future employment, housing opportunities, and social relationships. Convicted individuals might also lose their right to possess firearms, and their parental rights, such as custody and visitation, can be significantly impacted.

In addition, an individual convicted of domestic violence charges can face the following ramifications:

Loss of Rights: A conviction for a domestic violence offense can lead to the loss of certain civil rights, such as the right to possess firearms.

Impact on Child Custody and Visitation: Domestic violence convictions can significantly affect custody and visitation rights, potentially limiting an individual’s access to their children.

● Probation and Mandatory Programs: Offenders may also be placed on probation and required to attend anger management classes or other court-mandated programs.

Permanent Criminal Record: A conviction will result in a criminal record, which can adversely affect future employment opportunities, housing applications, and more.

The severity of these consequences underscores the importance of legal representation if charged with domestic violence in Georgia.

If faced with such charges, consulting with an experienced attorney is crucial to understand all legal options and rights.

Contact Vic Wiegand for Defense Against Domestic Violence Charges

If Charged with Aggravated Assault, Call Vic Wiegand, Cumming, GA, Criminal Defense Lawyer

Facing charges of domestic violence requires a skilled defense attorney who understands the complexities of such cases. The Law Office of Vic Wiegand, Esq., located in Cumming, Georgia, offers comprehensive criminal defense services, specializing in cases from simple assault to serious felony aggravated battery. Serving clients throughout Forsyth County and nearby areas, including Dawsonville and Dahlonega, our law firm is dedicated to protecting your rights.

With nearly 25 years of experience in Criminal Defense Law, Attorney Wiegand has a deep familiarity with the Forsyth County Court system. His expertise has frequently resulted in charges being reduced or dismissed, leveraging his courtroom prowess and negotiation skills to secure favorable outcomes for his clients.

For expert legal representation, contact our offices at 770-886-4646.

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