Domestic Violence Regain Control of Your Future with Attorney Houston Washburn

Gwinnett County Domestic Violence Lawyer

Family Violence Battery Attorney Standing Up for the Accused

Family and household members, as well as others with an intimate relationship, are protected in Georgia under domestic violence laws. Battery and other domestic offenses are penalized more severely when committed in a domestic situation as opposed to other circumstances.

However, accusations of domestic violence can be based on weak and often unsubstantiated accounts from individuals through exaggeration, misleading information, and falsehoods. Often these situations arise when a marriage or relationship breaks down, in a child custody battle, or another domestic situation wherein one party wishes to penalize the other.

Accused of Domestic Abuse?

If you or someone you know has been charged with a family violence offense in or around Gwinnett County, you should not hesitate to retain the services of a committed and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. Your best asset for fighting back, protecting your reputation, your freedom, and your future is a legal advocate with a proven track record.

At Houston Washburn Law, you can bring your case to a third-generation attorney who has been named a Top 40 under 40 trial attorney by the National Trial Lawyers. Our firm brings dedication, knowledge, and skill to your domestic violence defense case throughout all phases of the legal process.

Are you facing a domestic violence charge? Our Gwinnett County domestic violence attorney is ready to represent you! Call Houston Washburn Law today at (770) 766-8966 or contact us online to start your defense!

What are the Domestic Violence Laws in Georgia?

Family violence is a catchall phrase that covers a variety of offenses aimed at a household member, family member, someone with whom you have a child, or someone you previously lived with. It includes parents and children, stepparents and stepchildren, and foster children and foster parents.

Family violence offenses can include:

  • Assault or simple assault

  • Battery or simple battery

  • Stalking and aggravated stalking

  • Criminal damage to the other party’s property

  • Criminal trespassing

  • Unlawful restraint

  • Any other crime committed against a current or former household/family member

What are the Penalties for Domestic Violence in Georgia?

Along with criminal penalties, you will likely be subjected to a protective order (restraining order) that prohibits you from making any kind of contact with the accused. Such an order can force you to leave your home, can award child custody to your accuser, force you to provide housing and child support for your accuser and any children involved, order you to take part in counseling, and pay for your accuser’s court costs and attorney fees. Violation of such an order is also a criminal offense carrying up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

Criminal penalties for any domestic violence crime can include jail time, fines, probation, mandatory completion of a batterer’s program, or other court-ordered programs.

Is Domestic Violence a Felony in the State of Georgia?

Domestic violence is usually a misdemeanor but any subsequent convictions are considered felonies. A non-domestic battery is only a felony when the person has 2 or more prior convictions for batteries committed against the same person. A parent can also lose their parental rights if convicted of a domestic violence charge.

How Long Does Domestic Violence Conviction Stay on Your Record in Georgia?

A domestic battery conviction will stay on your record for the rest of your life. If you were charged with the crime but you were never convicted of it, then you can get it expunged or sealed by the court. The domestic violence charge will also stay on your criminal record for the rest of your life unless you get it expunged or sealed.

What is Family Violence Battery?

Family violence battery refers to the offense of intentionally causing “substantial physical harm or visible bodily harm” to the alleged victim. It is charged as a misdemeanor punished by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. A second conviction of such a crime is charged as a felony and carries a prison term of one to five years.

Get Help from our Gwinnett County Domestic Violence Lawyer

Any domestic violence conviction can have devastating effects on your life, your reputation, your finances, and your future. It will leave you with a permanent criminal record easily discovered on a routine background check. It is also a deportable offense for non-citizens.

Keeping your record clean is vital and can only be done with a legal advocate who knows how to handle these types of cases. Our firm stands ready to help you with thorough and committed legal representation.

Contact Houston Washburn Law today at (770) 766-8966 or online to schedule a FREE consultation!

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