Fulton County Family Violence Lawyer

Georgia's Ambiguous Family Violence Act

The Family Violence Act was enacted by the Georgia General Assembly in 1982. It is illegal for people who live in the same household to batter one another, including people who are not relatives. That is straightforward and easy to understand. The ambiguity lies in the fact that "family violence" is not a crime. The Fulton County family violence lawyers at Salata & Reese, LLP, in Alpharetta, can explain the difference.

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What Is Family Violence?

Family violence may be one or more acts such as:

  • Battery and simple battery

  • Assault and simple assault

  • Stalking

  • Criminal damage to property

  • Unlawful restraint

  • Criminal trespass

  • Stalking

  • Felonies such as kidnapping, rape, aggravated child molestation or aggravated sexual battery

In 1995, Georgia passed a "Two Strikes You Are Out" law. A person convicted for a second time for a serious violent felony may receive a mandatory life sentence without parole. Serious violent felonies are designated as such by statute.

If You Are the Victim of Family Violence

At Salata & Reese, LLP, we have dealt with people who have been assaulted before or during their marriage. We have also handled cases of assault between parents and children. For victims, we file protective orders to limit contact and keep them safe. If the person who perpetrated the crime violates the restraining order, he or she can be held in contempt of court. An arrest warrant will be issued, and the violator will be brought before the court.

If You Have Been Accused of Family Violence

If you have been served with a family violence ex parte protective order, we can defend you. A hearing will be held, and we will guide you through it. We will attend it and argue on your behalf.

Call for a Consultation

Whether you have been accused of family violence or are a victim, you need an attorney who has a track record of success in this area. Contact Salata & Reese, LLP, online or by phone: 678-942-6937.

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