If you are charged with a violent crime in Walton County, then you have come to the right place. We have defended hundreds of violent charges ranging from simple battery to murder. Walton County has no shortage of these cases, and we are often called to assist in defending these violent crime allegations.
The first step is to determine your charges which are usually stacked meaning that you can have 3 or more charges for one just one punch, kick or push. The extent of the injury will largely dictate what you are charged with, but the alleged victim’s status can also play a role. The alleged victim’s age, occupation, relationship to you, and the location of the incident all factor into the potential charge and corresponding penalties.
Regardless of your exact charge, we stand ready to assist in defending your case in Walton County. If the alleged victim made a false allegation, then we look to the discredit the charge by presenting alibi evidence or witnesses who were present at the time of the alleged attack. If there are no other witnesses, then it is just his or her word versus your word. In those situations, we work to build up your character through your contacts in the community. Simultaneously, we work to find discredit the alleged victim. The reality of police work is that the person who makes the initial outcry (aka the 911 call) is usually the one who gets the labeled the victim while the other party gets hauled off to jail. Of course, the officer is trained to look for injuries, but a savvy victim can injure himself or herself prior to the officer’s arrival just to add credibility to his or her story so injuries do not automatically equal guilt.
If you are not denying the violence, but instead seek to argue self-defense, then we argue that your actions were justified. Georgia is a “Stand Your Ground” state that does not require you to retreat and allows you to defend yourself, your property, or even other people from what you believe to be an imminent threat of harm. The amount of force used in those situations depends on the amount of force threatened by the other person. These decisions are often made in the blink of an eye, and sometimes what you believed to be a threat turns out to be a cellphone instead of a gun. Luckily, a reasonable mistake is still protected under the law. How do you prove your actions were reasonable? That requires the assistance of a skilled criminal defense attorney.
If you are charged with a crime of violence in Walton County, call our office today at 404-581-0999 for your free consultation.