Richmond Hill, GA asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Georgia

Q: My boyfriend has been charged with battery. He wants me to recant. Will I get in trouble? Dcf is involved too.

It’s a second domestic battery charge. He wants me to recant and or tell them I just made it up and it’s not true. DCF is involved. Which is a whole different monster. Can my kids be taken away if I we recant or tell them I lied? Or what consequences could I face? They have photos and statements.

3 Lawyer Answers
Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: If domestic violence occurred, recanting will not help. DFCS might see this as you unwilling to protect your children from an abusive household. It sounds like the abuse occurred and you ist don't want him to get into trouble for it. However, you need to worry about your safety and your children's safety and not him. Talk to Talk to domestic violence counselor in your county to get specific advice about moving forward and protecting your children.

Michael D. Birchmore agrees with this answer

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: I agree with my colleague. From what you are explaining, it sounds like the battery did take place, but he is pushing you to recant your story. That will not protect you or your children, and DFCS may see the situation as such. You should speak with a domestic abuse professional in your area who can help you with resources.

Michael D. Birchmore
Michael D. Birchmore
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: You should always tell the truth in these matters. Could it be bad for you? Yes. No boyfriend is worth lying in this way.

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