If you are being arrested or investigated for a Domestic Violence Issue: STOP! (If you were served a Temporary Order, go HERE)
Georgia has both Family Violence Temporary Protective orders and Stalking (Non-Family) Temporary Restraining Orders. (Often Called TPO and TRO)
The Schiffer Firm, LLC is one of the only firms in Georgia representing select Victims of Domestic Violence in Civil Suits for Money Damages.
Question: She was responding to my calls or emails. I was just trying to discuss things with her, and then she accused me of stalking! What do I do now? This is a common predicament especially if your actions of trying to approach someone are viewed as not being legitimate. Stalking behaviors can consist of…Read more
It happens. You had a few altercations with your partner. One evening there was some loud shouting, objects were thrown around and the window was shattered. Police show up, ask some questions. Next thing you know you receive a State of Georgia restraining order initiated by your partner. Once you get over the initial shock…Read more
People often view a person accused of domestic violence as “guilty until proven innocent” even after the charges have been cleared. The character of the accused person is tarnished --- affecting every part of their life, including job security, relationships and finances. A false domestic violence accusation can be a destructive force and a violation…Read more
Parents who are falsely accused of child abuse may often feel distressed and powerless. Allegations of child abuse quickly turn into “he said - she said” situations making it difficult to sift out the truth. Given that there are strong legal penalties in place for the person making the false accusations, such as having to…Read more
It is all too often that we see cases of those (mostly men) who are wrongly accused of committing acts of domestic violence acts. This is a common pattern in divorce and child custody battles, where the defendants become victimized by false allegations. What should one do to protect his rights and reputation? Hire an…Read more
The Supreme Court’s decision on Voisine v United States on Monday is big news for domestic violence offenders. Basically the Court ruled against a Maine resident who argued that he should not have had to give up his right to own a gun despite a prior domestic violence conviction in state court. What this means…Read more
“But that's a Lie!!” is a common refrain in my office. Unfortunately the officers who were called out to your incident are not there to judge truthfulness. They are dispatched to “protect and serve,” and most of the time that means they are charged with determining any alleged law breakers they encounter and then arresting them. “Let the Courts sort it out” is how officers are trained to deal with contentious factual issues.Read more
The effects of a domestic violence arrest, wrongful OR justified, are life changing. Unlike many other types of charges I have handled, such as drugs, DUI, theft, etc, Domestic Violence Cases are “distasteful” for the general public. Most people can understand their friend that mistakenly drove drunk, shoplifted a trinket as a kid, has an addiction problem or even were involved in a violent fight at a bar.Read more
Probably one of the most common questions I answer, and it is asked on a daily basis. 20 years ago, if the police were dispatched to a Domestic Disturbance, Fight, or Argument, the Officers would show up, separate the parties, and investigate. Many of these calls are just what you think they would be. People…Read more
Crime and Criminal Defense is a massive subject, but (surprise) a lot of it is surprisingly boring. Seriously. It is NOT like you see on TV. Spending over a decade handling a wide variety of issues taught me that some “crimes” are a more meaningful than others, and provide an interested practitioner with a…Read more
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