Domestic violence charges are, perhaps rightfully so, the political hot-button case of the current time. Certainly, within Georgia courts, the view towards domestic violence allegations has changed dramatically over the last few years, and whether you face misdemeanor or felony domestic violence charge, you need an attorney that understands how to tactfully address the allegations, yet protect your interests. The criminal defense attorneys at The Sessions Law Firm can help you if you have been charged with a domestic-violence related offense in Georgia.
Important Considerations in The Defense of Your Atlanta Domestic Violence Case
- Early mitigation steps can make a tremendous difference in these cases.
- Preserving 911 calls, texts, voicemails, emails, and other records can make all of the difference in the results in these case.
- Abide by your bond conditions, even if that means having no contact whatsoever with your spouse and/or child.
What Steps Should You Take to Help in The Successful Resolution of Your Domestic Violence Case
Whether the charge is ultimately dismissed or if it eventually goes to trial, you need to be prepared to show the Court that you understand the seriousness of the charges. Obviously, domestic violence is a serious charge, and when it occurs, it can have a tremendous impact and exact a huge cost upon victims. We strongly recommend that most people facing serious family violence charges undergo some steps to address concerns that the Court may have. In this effort, we generally recommend that our clients consider a state-certified family violence intervention program.
The basic requirements for a family violence intervention program are as follows:
- General Model. While certified programs may use various curricula in running programs, all certified programs will use an educational model of group intervention that adheres to the following principles regarding family violence:
- Power and Control. Program topics must follow a model that identifies and challenges family violence as an overall system of physical and emotional abuse where the participant chooses to use tactics of power and control over a victim.
- Beliefs and Social Context. Program topics shall consistently identify and challenge personal beliefs the participant holds and social contexts that support those beliefs that motivate the use of power and control tactics over the victim.
- Effects. Program topics shall consistently identify and hold the participant accountable for the physical and emotional effects on victims of the participant’s violence and abuse.
- Appropriate Intervention Practices. Appropriate intervention practices are identified in Department SOP. Every program must, at a minimum, incorporate the following intervention practices:
- holding the participant accountable for past, present and future acts of family violence;
- appropriately identifying and challenging tactics of power and control;
- appropriately identifying and challenging myths and belief systems that support family violence; and
- identifying the effects a participant’s abusive actions have on others, including children.
- Prohibited Intervention Practices. Prohibited intervention practices are detailed in Department SOP. The following is a list of intervention practices that are specifically prohibited from inclusion in FVIP’s:
- any intervention approach that blames or suggests there is any behavior on the part of the victim that causes, provokes, or excuses abuse;
- any intervention approach that does not state clearly that participants bear sole responsibility for their choices;
- any couples, marriage, or family therapy or treatment;
- individual therapy or treatment by the program.
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 125-4-9-.06
You Must Follow Your Bond Conditions if You Face a Domestic Violence Charge in Georgia
If you do not follow the bond conditions imposed upon you when released from jail, you can be re-arrested. In most cases, if you violate your bond conditions and you are re-arrested, you will not be issued another bond. Judges take the bond conditions in cases involving domestic violence allegations very seriously. If you need a modification of your conditions, contact the criminal defense attorneys at The Sessions Law Firm to consider a modification motion.
Call the Sessions Law Firm Now to Speak with An Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer
Are you looking for a Georgia criminal defense lawyer to help you address family violence charges? Look no further than the Session Law Firm. Ben Sessions has been recognized as a SuperLawyer by the Georgia SuperLawyers Magazine and Atlanta Magazine, and he maintains a Superb/10.0 Rating with AVVO. We will develop a strategy unique to your case and circumstances. If you are facing domestic violence charges, contact us today to discuss your case confidentially. (470)225-7710.