Domestic violence is defined as any type of abuse, neglect or violence between two or more individuals who have a family relationship or who live in the same residence. Although domestic violence generally is thought to be an act that occurs between a man and a woman in a marriage or intimate relationship, it actually can be confrontations between almost any family members - even between roommates. When such acts of violence are seen or heard by minor children, the accused offender can be charged with cruelty to children, in addition to a domestic violence charge.
In many cases, a person who has been accused of or charged with domestic violence or child cruelty is judged to be guilty long before the case ever goes to court. Criminal charges for domestic violence and child cruelty are very serious, because your reputation can be irreparably damaged if you do not take immediate action.
Carrollton Attorney Dawn Scotland Aggressively Defends Georgia Women and Men Who Have Been Accused of Domestic Violence
As a former Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Fulton County District Attorney's Office, Attorney Scotland is a uniquely qualified Douglasville criminal defense lawyer. Her experience as a prosecutor is a significant advantage to our clients because it helps her to anticipate the tactics used by opposing counsel and formulate a legally sound, persuasive defense.
At the law office of Dawn Scotland, Attorneys at Law, we understand that domestic violence charges can cause immediate and serious problems for you, so we take control of the situation by thoroughly investigating the circumstances of your arrest, interviewing witnesses, and carefully evaluating the evidence. This can allow us to quickly create the defense strategy that will deliver the best possible outcome for your case.
Once there has been a police report or witnesses have provided their statements to police, testimony from the alleged assault victim is not necessary for the prosecution of a domestic violence case. Moreover, the case is likely to be prosecuted even after the alleged victim attempts to "drop the charge." A conviction on assault charges could lead to serious negative consequences. Contact us promptly to arrange an affordable or free evaluation of your domestic violence, or child cruelty charges. You are not obligated to hire our law firm, and you will benefit from the information we share during our confidential discussion of your case. Contact us: we are happy to assist you with the information and advice you need to be sure you secure the best legal representation for your case.
Georgia Cruelty to Children Charges
Cruelty to children is a criminal offense in Georgia which can be committed in various ways. The exact facts alleged in the complaint largely will determine whether the charge is a misdemeanor or a felony and what penalty the accused individual may face.
Physical harm to the child is not required. For example, where the charge is related to instances of domestic violence or a forcible felony that was seen or heard by a minor child, then the penalty ranges from 12 months in the county jail and a $1,000 fine up to three years in the state prison system plus a $5,000 fine (Cruelty to Children, third degree). If two children witnessed the conduct, double the period of incarceration and the fine (i.e., from 24 months in jail and a $2,000 fine up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine). If a person is accused of maliciously causing another person under the age of 18 cruel or excessive physical or mental pain, the accused individual is likely to be facing a felony charge with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison (that's 40 years if two children are involved).
Douglasville domestic violence attorney Dawn Scotland is well aware that every accused person is not a guilty person, and that almost every person at some time or another has been wrongly accused. Accordingly, she has successfully resolved cases for Georgians facing criminal charges of cruelty to children, and she can bring the same intensity of advocacy to your child cruelty case.