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Domestic violence is a serious subject. Whenever it is mentioned in the news or daily conversation, everyone agrees that the allegations of domestic abuse tarnish someone’s reputation. What if it was your reputation?

If you’re facing domestic violence charges, you need to know what exactly your charges entail and how the penalties can affect the rest of your life. 

What constitutes as “domestic violence?”

In Georgia, domestic violence is the physical, sexual or emotional abuse among family members. Despite contrary beliefs, domestic violence applies to spouses, children, parents and other family members.

The types of actions considered as domestic violence include:

  • Simple battery – contact of an insulting or provoking nature
  • Battery – substantial physical harm
  • Assault
  • Stalking
  • Unlawful restraint
  • Criminal trespass
  • Threats

Other felonies are classified as domestic violence, but the courts evaluate it if a charge is necessary.

What are the punishments for a conviction?

Due to the severe nature of the charges, the state implements severe consequences for convictions. For example, penalties for a misdemeanor includes:

  • Five days of a minimum of jail time
  • Mandatory group counseling
  • A year of probation
  • Community service
  • A permanent criminal record, no expungement available
  • Hefty fines, up to $5,000

Other implications include a family protective order and the loss of parental rights if you have children. There are also chances of fewer job opportunities due to companies’ hiring policies.

It’s crucial to fight domestic violence allegations immediately. Do not brush off the court process because it damages your chances in court. You need to argue a solid defense and strategize the best way to turn a charge into an acquittal.