TPOs and Domestic Violence

Adomestic violence charge, including abuse, violence, threats and even intimidation, is serious. It can have life-changing effects for the offender that may cause difficulties in obtaining employment, and loss of friends and family – even if you are not guilty and have been wrongfully accused. In order to help clients, we meet with court staff and prosecutors, sometimes after-hours, to explain the situation and defend the rights of those who have been arrested for domestic abuse charges or are unable to see their family members.

As you know, in the state of Georgia, if the police are called to respond to a domestic dispute, someone is going to jail. Police officers and the courts act in the best interests of society and that often means that a no-contact order or temporary restraining order will be put in place after a domestic violence arrest. Unfortunately, many of these penalties are heavy-handed and punish innocent people who are then unable to see or speak to their family members.

The severity of the penalties depend on the degree of abuse. Penalties for domestic violence convictions can include incarceration, fines, probation, community service, and court-ordered counseling programs. It is important to know that these charges can have hidden consequences that reach far beyond the courtroom.

Additionally, the court may also issue a temporary protective order (TPO), if applied for, to protect you from someone who is abusing, threatening, or harassing you. The order will mandate that the abuser stay a defined distance away from you, your home, and your work. It will also prohibit any contact, whether in person, by phone, by mail or email, or even through third parties. The court may also order the abuser to stay away from your children.

The experienced attorneys at Bell and Washington have defended many Georgia domestic violence cases and have helped many clients receive TPOs, as we truly care about you and your family during this most difficult time. A domestic violence charge requires legal assistance from attorneys skilled in handling such delicate yet potentially explosive household situations. We take the time to understand you and your situation and chart a defense strategy against these domestic violence accusations against you. Please make an appointment today for a free consultation with our firm that is qualified and experienced in all domestic violence accusations.