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  • Domestic Violence Isn’t Just a Thing Of the Past, It Still Happens Every Day

    Written on June 24, 2015

    domestic-violence-2Domestic violence occurs on a daily basis in Georgia. From 2012 statistics, Georgia ranked 12th in the U.S. for domestic violence. In 2011, over 70,000 reported incidents were on file for the year.

    Most of us know someone who has been affected by some sort of domestic violence incident. If the police are called due to violence in the home, or between relatives, there is a strong likelihood that at least one of the people involved will be going to jail.

    The days, weeks and months following this incident can be equally traumatic. There are factors involved like bond conditions, temporary protection orders and person to person contact restrictions that may continue to cause problems for those involved. If you have been charged with family violence, or have questions related to something that happened to you, your first call should be to The Silverbach Group. We are an experienced law firm and we are here to help.

    Bond Conditions: Most people who are arrested and subsequently bond out of jail will have a series of bond conditions that must be adhered to. These conditions may include not using drugs, not leaving the state or not drinking alcohol. For many domestic violence cases, the bond conditions may include not having contact with the victim. The conditions may specify no contact whatsoever or no violent contact.  If the bond conditions are broken, the violator may find their bond revoked. That means sitting in jail for months until a court date is scheduled.

    Temporary Protection Order: A Temporary Protection Order (TPO) is granted by a judge and restricts the contact one person can have with another. That contact includes physical proximity as well as communications via text, telephone and social media. If a TPO is violated, the offender may very well be charged with aggravated stalking, which is a felony.

    If an incident of domestic violence has occurred, and one party is moving out of a residence, law enforcement personnel can be present to keep the peace. Many agencies have officers who work exclusively in domestic violence units. Arrangements can be made for officers to be at a location if one person needs to return to a house or apartment in order to collect belongings. Most times, a county sheriff’s office will handle this type of request.

    Domestic violence is a serious matter. If you have been charged, legal representation is a must. Conversely, if you have been a victim of such violence, you may need legal assistance to obtain a TPO or even file for divorce. The attorneys at The Silverbach Group are available for consultation and assistance. We will help you through the complexities of the legal system. You can reach us at 770-635-0334.

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