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Facing criminal charges for domestic violence is a distressing experience which can leave lasting impact on your future.  Even if the gravity of the situation implies severe consequences, do not lose hope of saving your reputation. Contact an experienced domestic violence lawyer in Savannah, GA if you have been charged or accused of domestic violence.

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior or coercive control in any relationship that is used by one person to gain or maintain power and control over another.  The state of Georgia defines domestic violence as an act of “family violence.”  The law protects against physical, or sexual abuse among family members.  You don’t have to be married to someone in order to be a victim of domestic violence in Georgia.

When a police officer is called onto the scene of a domestic violence case, it then becomes a criminal matter. Often, charges of domestic abuse can occur due to anger, jealousy, or hostility between couples who are breaking up, going through a divorce, or in conflict over child custody or child support.  Many times, allegations may be made in the heat of the moment or conjured up to gain an upper hand in such conflicts.  Charges of domestic violence can have dramatic consequences for the accused and permanent damage on their criminal record if they are convicted.  The alleged offender may face jail time, fines, and when restraining orders are issued, the loss of his or her home and possible visitation rights to children.

If you, or a loved one, are under investigation or threat of arrest, our criminal defense attorneys at Jarrett Maillet, J.D., P.C., located in Savannah, will build a powerful defense for your case.  Having professional and experienced legal help on your side could result in lesser penalties, reduction of charges from a felony to a misdemeanor, possibly no jail time or even a case dismissal.

Domestic violence charges are treated very seriously in Georgia.  The court can issue a Family Law Protective Order.  This order prohibits the offender from having contact with the victim for a specified period of time.  If a person is found to violate a restraining or protective order, he or she could be jailed and charged with a separate crime, including aggravated stalking.  A Family Violence Protection Order can:

  • Order an abuser to leave the victim alone;
  • Give the victim possession of the house and force the abuser to leave;
  • Order assistance to help a victim get his or her personal property;
  • Make the abuser provide alternate housing for a spouse, former spouse,or parent and children;
  • Give the victim temporary custody of shared children and set temporary visitation rights;
  • Award temporary child support and/or spousal support from the abuser;
  • Order the abuser to go to counseling;
  • Award costs and attorney’s fees to either party;
  • Lead the abuser’s arrest if he or she breaks the order.

A domestic assault charge has an immediate impact.  The sooner you work with an experienced Savannah, GA domestic violence lawyer to begin building your defense and finding solutions, the better.  At Jarrett Maillet J.D., P.C., Jarret Maillet works exclusively in areas of criminal defense.  Our Savannah domestic violence defense attorneys provide highly personalized and attentive representation based on a career spent in both criminal defense and prosecution.  We understand how the other side builds their case against you, and we have proven strategies for exposing the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.

We explore all options for you.  We interview witnesses, review police reports, investigate evidence, employ independent resources and thoroughly prepare you case for trial.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for domestic violence in the state of Georgia, our experienced, knowledgeable and aggressive Savannah domestic violence lawyers at Jarrett Maillet J.D., P.C. are available to assist and defend you.  Contact our office today at 912-713-3426 for a free legal consultation and to discuss your case