Crimes Against Other People

When a person is involved in some sort of fight with another person law enforcement usually arrives because of a call to 911.  And, unfortunately, when law enforcement is called, someone is usually arrested. 

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Crimes Against Other People

When a person is involved in some sort of fight with another person law enforcement usually arrives because of a call to 911.  And, unfortunately, when law enforcement is called, someone is usually arrested.

Often, this means that even the person who didn’t start a fight may wind up in jail, or at least be asked to make a statement without an attorney present.  This can include arrests for battery, assault, kidnapping, murder, manslaughter, stalking, cruelty to children, family violence & elder abuse.

Most convictions besides simple assault, simple battery and third degree cruelty to children are considered felonies in Georgia.

A felony violent crime conviction will have an impact for years to come. You can lose access to housing, employment opportunities, student loans, travel visas, custody of your children. The government doesn’t mess around, and neither do we.  Contact a family violence attorney immediately to ensure peace of mind.  The Shelley Law Firm will be with you every step of the way, whether you are facing misdemeanor, felony or felony violent crime charges in Georgia.

Felony Crimes Against Other People

Felonies are charges which carry a sentence of more than a year in prison, significant fines and lengthy years of probation supervision. There are several factors that can determine how to avoid a felony conviction for violent crimes in Georgia, and we use our experience to protect you every step of the way.

A convicted felon in Georgia is considered more than just a criminal.  A felon can be denied housing, employment, government assistance, face child custody issues, lose their driving privileges and other freedoms that an experienced drug lawyer can protec.t

For example, if you are on probation, a probation officer can come to your house and search it whenever they want to.

Additionally, a convicted felon in Georgia cannot own or even be around a firearm, or they risk being charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, another felony which can result in five years of prison time.  The government does not mess around. Neither do we.

Felony Violence Charges

The seriousness of felony violence charges should never be underestimated.  Many people think that because they didn’t start a fight, or were not the person who pulled out a gun or were “at the wrong place at the wrong time” that they will not be accused or their case “should just go away”.  

The government will not hesitate to charge people with party to a crime or try to implicate many other people under the RICO, gang and conspiracy laws. 

A person facing these charges should never face them alone, without an experienced violent crime attorney to guide them through the process.

When a person is arrested for aggravated assault, aggravated battery, murder, manslaughter, kidnapping, false imprisonment, stalking, terroristic threats – the penalties range from one year to life in prison.  This is time that the government wants to take away from your life, your job and your family.

Fortunately, there are defenses to violent crime charges.  An experienced violent crimes lawyer can look at your case and evaluate whether there are any issues with the facts the Government is saying are true.  An experienced attorney can file motions to exclude the evidence which can lead to a reduction in your charges or a dismissal.  The attorney can also evaluate and argue defensive motions such as alibi, duress, coercion, justification,  self-defense, insanity or involuntary intoxication.

Because anyone facing violent crime charges in Georgia has so much to lose, it is without question that you should NEVER GO TO COURT ALONE; never agree to represent yourself! Our experienced violent crime lawyer  can review your case today to determine what issues there are with your arrest and the supporting evidence.

The facts of your case are important and unique and that is the approach we use with every single client.   Every case is cared for individually and with compassion. We understand that you have a lot to lose and we’ll make sure you are provided with honesty and empathy while we fight your felony violence charges in Georgia.

Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Charges

If law enforcement is called to your home to report an argument, someone or multiple people usually end up in jail, regardless of who “started” the fight. Although this seems unfair, the police are doing what they are legally allowed to do to ensure the safety and well-being of the citizens they are sworn to protect.  This is especially true when children, guns, drugs or alcohol seem to be present in the home during a dispute because things often become heated.

Domestic violence is prosecuted swiftly and the law is very broad.  Georgia law protects

If a person in one of these classes assaults, batters, threatens to assault, stalks or destroys the property of a person in those categroies, they prosecutors will charge them with domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Can Lead to Felony Charges

Clients that have been arrested with domestic violence are understandably upset, confused and angry. There is a sense of blame and betrayal by the other person and the Court may have ordered a party to stay away from their children and spouse.  This is normal, it does not mean that you are guilty. The Court is making sure that all parties are safe for now.  That is why it is important to schedule a consultation with an experienced domestic violence attorney in Georgia immediately.

MUST OBEY IT, if you have received a NO CONTACT bond order or a TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER you must obey it.  Even if the other person starts the conversation, do not fall prey by responding could be mean felony charges.

Time and time again, experienced domestic violence attorney Karen Shelley has seen her clients face felony prison sentences because of simple text messages or social media posts.  

When the Court tells you to stay away, LISTEN.  We understand that you are angry and hurt.  You may be thinking things like “They don’t know him/ her” “I have been abused, not them” “My children need me, I am their mother / father.”

If you feel the need to talk to someone about how angry you are, call a friend, parent, or just call us.  We would prefer you to call us that than face felony stalking and terroristic threat charges because you violated a bond condition or a protective order.

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