Domestic violence is a very real problem but it’s an unfortunate reality that some people can use false allegations as a weapon. In our family law and criminal defense practices at Hunter Rhodes, LLC, we see this all the time, especially during a contentious divorce when one spouse will accuse the other of domestic violence to get a higher amount of alimony or sole custody of the children. For this reason, we vigorously defend clients throughout Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties accused of domestic violence, so they can have their day in court and defend their reputation. We also defend people who have lost control and made a mistake they regret. If you are looking for capable and compassionate legal representation in a domestic violence case, our attorneys are ready to help.
According to §19-13-1 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, “Family Violence” involves unlawful acts between:
The acts covered as family violence include any felony, as well as battery, simple battery, simple assault, assault, stalking, criminal damage to property, unlawful restraint, or criminal trespass. We uphold your rights when you face any of these charges.
When family violence is alleged, a court may issue a temporary protective order to be served upon the accused abuser. Georgia law allows the court to order a variety of remedies:
The process to get a temporary protective order (TPO) is ex parte, meaning that only the accuser appears in court, and the judge decides the issue based entirely on what the accuser alleges. If the court agrees to issue a TPO, the accused is entitled to a court hearing before a permanent order can be issued. We help our clients present their side of the story to the court. Depending on the facts, our criminal defense lawyers can often convince the court not to issue a permanent order or to limit the scope of the order. We take a personal approach to counseling our clients, so you can feel confident in the advice we give and our determination to represent you to the very best of our ability.
Hunter Rhodes, LLC represents individuals accused of domestic violence in Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties. Learn how our firm can help you oppose an order to protect your liberty and your good name. Call us at 706-303-1734 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at our Augusta office.