The restrictions imposed by Governor Kemp’s shelter-in-place Order have an unwanted effect-an increase in domestic violence. As more families are required to remain in their homes, under increased stress from loss of income, health concerns and isolation, domestic violence arrests will most certainly rise.
During the epidemic, families are less able to leave the house and are in a reduced space, causing conflicts to grow bigger and more frequent. Often, individuals are drinking more alcohol than usual, which can also lead to difficulty managing anger.
Although the court system in Georgia is closed for anything other than essential matters during the COVID-19 pandemic, that does not mean that you cannot be arrested. Law enforcement is still patrolling the streets, 911 operators are still responding to calls, and the rise in domestic violence cases is of grave concern to the State.
If you are arrested and charged with misdemeanor family violence battery, battery, simple assault, etc., it is critical that you hire an attorney and that a bond be set as soon as possible. Coronavirus can be especially problematic in jails and detention centers, and it is crucial to get released immediately.
If you are arrested on a more serious felony domestic violence-related crime, such as aggravated assault or aggravated battery, hiring an attorney to assist you as soon as possible will be very important to ensure that you are released on bond immediately, and that your rights are protected.
Additionally, hearings regarding Restraining Orders will also still be proceeding during the Pandemic. These types of civil hearings are also very common in instances of domestic violence. Temporary protective orders can lead to felony aggravated stalking charges for violation.
The Courts are still proceeding with warrant application hearings during this time. These hearings occur when a private citizen requests that a Magistrate Judge issue an arrest warrant for another citizen. These can be requested in instances of domestic violence. If you receive a notice that a warrant application has been filed against you, our office can represent you at that hearing. It is important that you have representation as what happens at the warrant application hearing will likely have an effect on your criminal case.
Frye Law Group is open during this health crisis and here to help if you are unfortunately charged with a crime involving domestic violence. Also, if you are a victim of domestic violence and need assistance, please see the telephone numbers listed below.