Domestic Violence Defense Attorney in Atlanta, Georgia

According to data from the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, law enforcement agencies reported responses to about 44,900 family violence incidents in Georgia in 2018. In the state of Georgia, domestic violence involves any abuse or violent act committed against a family or household member, or an intimate partner. A defendant convicted of family violence may be facing substantial fines, a lengthy prison sentence, a restraining order, possible deportation, and other life-altering ramifications.

If you are under investigation for a domestic violence offense, retaining a highly skilled and aggressive Georgia criminal defense attorney is paramount to help build your defense. At Kyle H. Jarzmik Law, I have devoted my career to handling criminal cases and representing clients facing domestic violence charges. As your legal counsel, I will investigate all of the facts surrounding your unique situation and outline an effective defense strategy in pursuit of the best possible outcome for your case. I will fight vigorously to defend your rights and strive to refute the accusations against you. My firm – Kyle H. Jarzmik Law – proudly represents clients in Atlanta and throughout Georgia, including Fulton County, Cobb County, Dekalb County, Gwinnett County, Forsyth County, and the rest of the state.

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Domestic Violence in Georgia

Domestic violence, also known as family violence, involves any form of abuse or violent act which occurs between family members, household members, or intimate partners. Such acts may include sexual assault, physical abuse, unlawful imprisonment, intimidation, emotional abuse, and stalking. Under Georgia laws, a family member or an intimate partner may be any of the following persons or relationships:

  • Former or current spouses
  • Parents and their children
  • Persons who are parents of the same child
  • Foster parents and foster children
  • Stepparents and stepchildren
  • Persons who are living or once lived in the same household.

General Provisions of The Law

Pursuant to Georgia Code Section 19-13-1, "family violence" is the occurrence of one or more of the following acts between past or present spouses, persons who are 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:

  • Any felony; or
  • Commission of offenses of battery, simple battery, simple assault, assault, stalking, criminal damage to property, unlawful restraint, or criminal trespass

The term "family violence," however, shall not be deemed to include reasonable discipline administered by a parent to a child in the form of corporal punishment, restraint, or detention.

Possible Consequences & Penalties

If convicted of family violence in the state of Georgia, the possible penalties and consequences include:

  • Jail: Up to 12 months in jail (misdemeanor) or up to 5 years in prison (felony)
  • Fines: A maximum fine of $1,000 (misdemeanor) or $5,000 (felony) and payment of restitution to the victim
  • Loss of professional licenses
  • Loss of employment and future employment difficulties
  • Mandatory participation in anger management or Family Violence classes
  • Loss of parenting privileges or child custody rights
  • Loss of firearms or conceal carry rights
  • A domestic violence protective or restraining order
  • Difficulties in getting public assistance, housing, educational and professional opportunities
  • Ineligible to run for a public office
  • Immigration consequences such as deportation or inadmissibility into the United States
  • A permanent criminal record

A skilled criminal defense attorney can evaluate your case and outline your best defense to seek to avoid these penalties and consequences.

Possible Defenses

When facing domestic violence allegations, your attorney can fight your charges with any of these defenses:

  • Falsely accused
  • Self-defense
  • Defense of property
  • Defense of others
  • Lack of knowledge
  • Lack of intent
  • Consent or mutual combat
  • Error during the investigation
  • Inconsistencies in the evidence

An experienced attorney can review every aspect of your case and determine your best defense strategy.

Work with A Skilled Criminal Defense Attorney

Domestic violence accusations are serious and could jeopardize your quality of life, freedom, reputation, and your professional opportunities. Moreover, trying to defend yourself against such charges can increase your risks of getting convicted and suffering maximum penalties. Therefore, when facing domestic violence allegations, you need to act quickly and retain a skilled criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and strategize an effective defense.

At Kyle H. Jarzmik Law, I'm dedicated to offering comprehensive legal guidance and strong representation to clients in their family violence cases. Having worked together with other prosecutors and police officers, I understand their mode of thinking. I can use this to my advantage to craft the best defense for your unique situation. I will guide you through the Georgia criminal justice system and fight aggressively on your behalf. Let’s strive to ensure that those accusations don't ruin your life.

Domestic Violence Defense Attorney Serving Atlanta, Georgia

If you are facing domestic violence charges, don't face them alone. Contact my firm – Kyle H. Jarzmik Law – to schedule a simple case evaluation today. I can offer you the realistic legal guidance and reliable representation you need in your case. I'm proud to represent clients in Atlanta and throughout Douglas County, Coweta County, Carroll County, Lawrenceville, Cumming, and the rest of Georgia.