Atlanta Domestic Violence Lawyer
Defending Individuals Against Domestic Abuse Allegations
It takes very little evidence to be charged with domestic violence. An
argument can escalate, and neighbors call law enforcement. Once the police
arrive on the scene, they have little option other than to make an arrest,
which will be based upon what they are told. Is it true? Maybe. Or perhaps
you are being falsely accused, or were merely defending yourself.
No matter what happened, you need to get in touch with the most effective
domestic violence attorney in Atlanta you can find. At the Law Office
of Matthew T. McNally, the founding attorney is a former Deputy District
Attorney, and he has "seen it all." With
more than 15 years in the legal field, he has extensive experience at trial and is very familiar with the most
effective defense strategies to fight criminal accusations of domestic violence.
Accused of domestic abuse in the home? Contact our Atlanta domestic violence
attorney for a
FREE consultation today.
Domestic Violence Crimes & Penalties
There are many forms of domestic violence, including the following:
- Spousal Abuse
- Sexual Assault
- Child Abuse
- Assault & Battery
- Emotional Abuse
The penalties imposed in a conviction can include a few days in jail, a
court mandated anger management course and restrictions regarding contacting
the alleged victim to years in state prison, based upon the situation.
Any act of domestic violence that results in severe bodily injury will
be punished heavily, usually with a long term behind bars.
Most Commonly Filed Domestic Violence Charges in Georgia
The essence of a domestic violence charge is that a member of your household
suffered some form of physical or emotional abuse. The most commonly filed
charges involve husband and wife, common law marriages or boyfriend /
girlfriend who share a home. When a relationship goes off the rails, there
can be many problems, recriminations and resentment. A divorce often involves
accusations of domestic violence, and the outcome of a criminal charge
for a domestic violence offense can have a significant impact on the court's
decision regarding custody and visitation.
What Happens If I Violate a Restraining Order?
The violation of a protective order (restraining order) is evaluated as
a misdemeanor and/or Contempt of Court.
Violations may yield consequences such as:
- Up to 12 months in jail
- Up to $1,000 in fines
Additionally, violation of a restraining order may also be considered as
"stalking" or "aggravated stalking" and may be charged
a misdemeanor or a felony.
What is the Penalty for Domestic Violence in Georgia?
If you are facing charges for domestic violence in Georgia, you can face
serious penalties. The penalties that you can face depend on the underlying
crime that was committed but can result in more serious penalties.
For example, if battery is committed between people who are not in a domestic
relationship it is punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and 12 months in
jail. Battery is a misdemeanor unless there are two or more offenses against
the same individual.
However, if the battery is committed between people who are in a domestic
relationship they can also face up to $1,000 fine and 12 months in jail,
but any subsequent offense can result in a felony conviction punishable
by 5 years in prison.
Get 15+ Years' Experience on Your Side
These are serious matters and must be addressed with the help of highly
professional defense counsel. The Atlanta domestic violence attorney at
the firm is highly skilled in criminal defense, and takes on difficult
cases and wins. The secret to his success is the experience he has had
serving on the "other side," and his personal commitment to
each person he represents. If you are accused of committing any act of
domestic violence, call the firm at once for assistance.
You can be confident that you are connecting with an Atlanta domestic violence
lawyer that knows what it takes to win.