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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Domestic Violence for Georgia on
Q: I’ve been a victim of domestic violence for 18 yrs, and my husband, has $ can the judge make me represent myself
Regina Irene Edwards
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Regina Irene Edwards
answered on Nov 10, 2022

The judge doesn't ever make anyone represent themselves. If you cannot afford an attorney, the court does not assign you an attorney in a family law case. You can contact legal aid to see if pro bono representation is available, or you can try to hire an attorney who will pursue... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Domestic Violence for Georgia on
Q: What do I do now? My husband has not lived with me except for one month before and after quadruple bypass surgery.

I do not have the $3000 to $10,000 for an attorney for a divorce. He has not contributed to the household since stopping his direct deposit the last week of November 2021. There’s physical abuse, adultery and even a USB PLUG he put in my house at some point with a hidden camera. What do I do? We... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
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Regina Irene Edwards
answered on Nov 2, 2022

You have said that this is a complicated case, but cannot afford a retainer. Your options are to save up to hire an attorney, or you can file the case without an attorney. For the type of case that you have described, your litigation budget should be around $20,000. A $5000 retainer is not going... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Domestic Violence for Georgia on
Q: HI I HAVE A SCHEDULED MEDIATION WITH MY SONS FATHER AND HE HAS MENTALLY AND EMOTIONALLY ABUSED ME THRU TEXT MESSAGES

I DONT FEEL COMFORTABLE DOING THIS WITH HIM. Do I HAVE TO SHW UP

Regina Irene Edwards
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Regina Irene Edwards
answered on Oct 24, 2022

You probably do have to go. The mediator can keep you separate the whole time. They also should have sent you a domestic violence screening form ahead of time. You can also hire an attorney to help you at the mediation.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: What authority do I have to petition for an arrest warrant for my Grandsons stepfather who is physically abusing him
Joshua Schiffer
Joshua Schiffer
answered on Oct 6, 2022

There are three relatively easy pathways

1. Call the local police and make a report. Officers are mandatory reporters with violence against children and will have to take notice

2. Call your local DFCS branch and do the same. They WILL take action

3. you can always apply...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Georgia on
Q: I was not told about 1st offender in 2013 for a family violence misdemeanors, can I now I use it retroactively?

I'm in a strange position, because of the family violence misdemeanors I'm not able to have a firearm, but I'm not a felon and there isn't a clear path to restore those rights. Pardons are for felons, so I can't go that route. When I was convicted my Lawyer never told me... Read more »

Jermario L Davis
Jermario L Davis
answered on Sep 30, 2022

In short, the time that the law gives you to petition the court to withdraw your plea has expired. (Hence, the law is not on your side) As such, you would need a prosecutor/solicitor to consent to a withdrawal in order for sentence to be undone. Thereafter, the judge would have to accept the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Georgia on
Q: Does a defendant have the right to file for a speedy trial in GA? 4 felony charges domestic violence related.

My cousin has been in carcerated in a GA county jail for approx 2 months and don't know when he'll make his 1st appearance. Isn't there a law against waiting so long to see a judge?

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Sep 28, 2022

You need to ask this question in a Georgia forum instead of a Minnesota forum. Laws vary significantly from state to state.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Domestic Violence for Georgia on
Q: Can my spouse drop me from his insurance? I have Stage IV breast cancer & he threatens to if I don’t do what he demands.

I need to know if he Can do this because I’m in treatment & he has done this ever since we found out about the reoccurrence in my bones last holiday season. I’ve been back in treatment since then & this is constant. I can’t argue with him in case he actually does this. Thanks

Regina Irene Edwards
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Regina Irene Edwards
answered on Sep 25, 2022

The court cannot interfere in a marriage unless someone files for divorce or separation. So, he can take you off his insurance. The fact that he had threatened to do that while you are battling this illness probably tells you what should happen next. You should speak to an attorney immediately... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Domestic Violence for Georgia on
Q: what is code 19-7-42 mean when officers get called out to a residents house for a domestic dispute but its against a 19

year kid that isnt even your kid but you wasnt threatening him/her or putting your hands on anyone but yet you was arrested supposedly for a probation violation?

Joshua Schiffer
Joshua Schiffer
answered on Sep 9, 2022

Pretty sure that is some sort of local code, as the OCGA for that number is a venue issue. Without more info it is hard to say.

When officers are dispatched to a DV there are a lot of issues in play, and their primary goals are going to be securing the safety of everyone followed by...
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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Criminal Law and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: What if the victim doesn't want a protective order ior if yall married with kids
Joshua Schiffer
Joshua Schiffer
answered on Sep 4, 2022

Lots to unpack there. It "all depends" on the situation and facts, as a TPO is different from a criminal charge and the bond from a criminal charge operates differently than a TPO.

Marriage adds more complications and a step back to gather your thoughts and get some guidance from...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Georgia on
Q: How is "Primary aggressor" defined by law
Joshua Schiffer
Joshua Schiffer
answered on Sep 2, 2022

As it sounds and from the perspective of the report maker, generally the police officer investigating the incident. It is not a conclusive finding in an investigation, and primary aggressor is most important when determining who is going to be arrested and then during the prosecution it becomes... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Domestic Violence and Military Law for Georgia on
Q: I called the police on my boyfriend out of fear of what he would do to me and my daughter. now I don’t want him in jail

He may get 3-5 years but I only wanted space. Can I write an affidavit to keep him out of jail. They said the state is prosecuting him. Can his ptsd from the military help him?

Joshua Schiffer
Joshua Schiffer
answered on Aug 22, 2022

You are facing a super hard issue and the world is not very understanding.

The main issue is that no one should be in fear, especially children, at home. And a call to police is undeniable that you were scared, so the state is going to take a position that the call was valid and therefore...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Domestic Violence for Georgia on
Q: Can a conviction be remanded being the charges did not merge even though it was in the same commission with a weapon

Aggravated Assault two counts and Aggravated Battery being the worst, since the victim was struck with a machete on the head and used their arm to block another blow rendering it useless in the same commission. Convicted on every injury towards the victim and sentences to consecutive 20 year terms... Read more »

Zachary Taylor Beck
Zachary Taylor Beck
answered on Aug 18, 2022

If the convictions stemmed from one succinct criminal transaction and all against the same victim, then the aggravated assault convictions should have merged with the aggravated battery conviction for sentencing purposes. See Regent v. State, 299 Ga. 172, 787 S.E.2d 217 (Ga. 2016). However, note... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Georgia on
Q: Hi so I’m a victim in a domestic violence case, the DA, victims advocate and investigator came to my house but I didnt

Speak to them. If I don’t speak to them and show facts will that affect the case and he also has a revocation hearing coming up, they want me to show up to tell what all happened. If I don’t show up will they dismiss the bond revoke case and let him free

Joshua Schiffer
Joshua Schiffer
answered on Aug 1, 2022

Unfortunately no, and the "Victim Witness" is one of the most difficult folks to interact with if you are involved with a DV case. They work for the State and against the defendants penal interests. Regardless of whether you work with them, they are working for the Prosecution and that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Georgia on
Q: I pleaded guilty to domestic violence, in GA. on 06/27/2022. How much time I have to file motion to withdraw?

Location: Forsyth county, GA

Joshua Schiffer
Joshua Schiffer
answered on Jul 18, 2022

Generally within the term of court you’re fine. I’d have to check the dates for Forsyth. Do you want to talk with your lawyer at length before making that call valve because once you file there’s basically no shot at ever getting a plea that good again. So you really need to be sir. Judges... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Georgia on
Q: Can a person with a TPO carry a firearm?

Can you also provide the OCGA code as well??

Joshua Schiffer
Joshua Schiffer
answered on Jul 15, 2022

The answer is almost always case specific with the default position being "no." Check the order that was actually issued and it should directly address firearms. Especially if the TPO is DV related, the courts are very wary of firearm possession when there are such emotional issues before it.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Georgia on
Q: My boyfriend was arrested in March and charged with battery (FVA) and part of his bond conditions was no contact order

With me. But we was never apart and I visited him while in jail and picked him up the day he was released. On June 3rd he was arrested for driving without license and they also charged him with Violation of Family Violence Order and held without bond. He has since plead guilty to the battery charge... Read more »

Joshua Schiffer
Joshua Schiffer
answered on Jun 16, 2022

All misdemeanors in GA are guaranteed a bond, but it appears the real issue here is they are prosecuting him for violation of a bond condition. Even if he and you wanted to have contact, if he is found to be in contact with you he is subject to prosecution.

The best thing for y'all...
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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Georgia on
Q: How long can Gwinnette County Ga. hold my grandson after and Arraignment Hearing (Misdemeanor)

My grandson was transported from Dekalb County Jail on 3 June for a hearing on 7th june. The Arraignment Hearing was completed with a continuance.

Joshua Schiffer
Joshua Schiffer
answered on Jun 12, 2022

Thats a hard one as there are so many variables.

https://ody.dekalbcountyga.gov/portal/ is the online docket and you should be able to find his case info there, but without knowing more it is tough to predict how long until his next judicial event. It could be a couple, of weeks or a long...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Domestic Violence for Georgia on
Q: Can you sign a voluntary dismissal with having a valid passport but expired visa

If so how long will that take?

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler
answered on May 14, 2022

You can do whatever you want.

More information is needed if you are concerned with whether you will ever be approved for a visa in the future. Were/are you accused of a domestic violence? What are the facts? Did you go through any sort of court mandated classes? What is the maximum...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Georgia on
Q: My wife took out a TPO against me and then contacted me by text..What can I do..??
Joshua Schiffer
Joshua Schiffer
answered on Apr 19, 2022

Be careful, thats what you can do. Even when she solicits contact, ANY violation of the TPO can justify an arrest or violation. Thats one of the big issues with these orders. No matter her intention, the cops are going to do what the document tells them too.

You need to get a local...
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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Family Law and Immigration Law for Georgia on
Q: I live in GA. My husband was previously arrested for domestic violence. If he brings his family to our home to visit..

They are from another country..they are abusive to me in front of my son and husband ..if I let my spouse know I am leaving with my son and take my son to my mothers home can I get a restraining order if he threatens me? What about a good behavior warrant in GA?

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV
answered on Mar 29, 2022

At this point, you both have equal custody of the child. He can also take the child. You may want to consult with an attorney who can review the facts of your case in detail and provide you with guidance.

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