The Legal Support You Need To Handle Family Violence

In Gwinnett County And The Surrounding Areas

When you are involved in family violence in any way — whether you are a victim or have been accused of being an aggressor — it is critical that you obtain the legal support you need. The lawyers and legal staff at our law firm in Lawrenceville, Georgia, have extensive experience handling domestic violence disputes and temporary protective orders in the Gwinnett County area.

Margaret Gettle Washburn leads our law firm. She has over 35 years of experience practicing law, is a former state prosecutor and currently presides as Chief Judge for the city of Sugar Hill. She knows all angles of domestic law and criminal law, and we use this extensive knowledge to our clients' advantage.

Family Violence Protective Orders

Under Georgia law, restraining orders are called "Domestic Family Violence Protection Orders." These orders may prohibit someone who is accused of domestic violence from having any contact with an alleged victim. When a family violence protective order has been issued against you, it is critical that you understand exactly what this requires. If you are found in violation of the order, you could be jailed.

In Georgia, there are two types of domestic family violence protective orders:

  • Temporary ex parte orders. This is a temporary order that can last 30 days or until a court hearing. Someone can obtain a TRO against you even if you are not present to defend yourself.
  • Family violence protection orders. These orders typically last up to one year, but can be extended up to three years. They are issued after a hearing.

If you have been accused of committing family violence, call us as soon as possible at 770-676-1191. The accusations alone may influence a divorce settlement and child custody or visitation agreement. It is very important to take this seriously. No matter how weak or strong you think your accuser's case is, you can benefit from having a skilled and aggressive attorney on your side.

Contact Us For A Confidential Consultation Now

Family violence cases often involve little more than "he said, she said" evidence. Those who are involved in these disputes need to ensure their rights are protected. Call 770-676-1191 or send us an email to speak to an attorney privately about your concerns.