Domestic Violence

The hope of comfort and peace of the family is sometimes broken by acts of Family Violence.  The term ‘family violence’ means the offense of battery, simple battery, simple assault, assault, stalking, criminal damage to property, unlawful restraint, or criminal trespass between past or present spouses, persons who are parents of the same child, parents and children, stepparents and stepchildren, foster parents and foster children, or other persons living or formerly living in the same household. Domestic abuse isn’t just physical; it also covers the threats, emotional abuse, harassment, intimidation, and stalking that a spouse, partner, or date uses to control someone else’s behavior.  It is important to note that the term ‘family violence’ does not include reasonable discipline administered by a parent to a child in the form of corporal punishment, restraint, or detention.

Georgia laws are specific as it relates to domestic violence and the consequences and penalties of a domestic violence conviction.  These laws provide protection for victims of domestic violence by restraining their abusers and providing financial support to the victims.

If you have experienced abuse or threats of domestic violence, you can count on Attorney Jennings to provide compassionate service and assertive representation.

We Help Victims of Domestic Violence

You or other household members do not have to suffer abuse or threats. The Law Offices of Chester Jennings & Smith, LLC can help you obtain protection. The first step is obtaining an ex parte order that will provide immediate protection. Within two weeks, the court will schedule a hearing for a long-term restraining order. Our firm can represent you at that hearing to present evidence supporting your petition. We can also seek an order covering the possession of a home, child support, the possession of an automobile and other protections for you.

Attorney LeRoya Chester Jennings is the former Deputy Chief of the Domestic Violence Unit in DeKalb County.  She has worked extensively with families and victims involving Domestic disputes and violence. The Law Offices of LeRoya Chester Jennings can assist you or your loved one in obtaining a protective order and guiding him/her through the civil and criminal process.

We Help Those Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence

We also understand that there are times when a person will falsely allege domestic violence for the purpose of retaliation or intimidation in a divorce or child custody dispute.  Domestic violence is a serious issue, and when someone lies about whether abuse has taken place, it can have devastating consequences on the accused party and the children.

It is equally important to protect yourself from false allegations. The consequences of a domestic violence charge can affect your employment in addition to other legal ramifications. If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, call us today.  If we accept your case, you can rest assured that we believe in you and we will fight for your rights.

The Law Offices of Chester Jennings & Smith, LLC brings its experience to bear in these matters to make certain that stability and peace are restored to the home while also working to protect the safety and rights of all involved.