Peter Followill is an attorney based in Atlanta, Georgia. A life-long resident of the state, he earned his B.A. at Emory University and received his law degree from Georgia State University's College of Law. While a law student, Peter served as an intern and summer fellow at several public interest organizations. He has worked as a judge's staff attorney and as a criminal defense trial lawyer since graduating law school.
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Learn how Illinois defines domestic battery crimes, when it becomes a felony, and what other penalties a defendant convicted of domestic violence may face.
Harassment crimes include stalking, bullying, hate crimes and more. The penalties for a conviction can be severe.
In New Jersey, the commission of a domestic violence crime can result in imprisonment and fines for the offender. Punishment for conviction of a domestic violence offense depends on the grade of the crime, as set by law.
Maine's domestic violence laws cover a wide range of conduct, and violating them can result in a long stretch behind bars in some cases.
While challenges exist to prosecuting domestic violence cases without victim testimony, prosecutors may have other evidence of the crime that proves the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
The State of New York defines family offenses as the commission of certain violent and threatening crimes when committed between people who share one of the specified relationships. In addition to facing criminal prosecution, a person who commits a family offense may be named in a restraining order, referred to as an order of protection.
Domestic violence in Florida defines is any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death, committed by a family or household member against another family or household member.
North Carolina law defines domestic violence as one of several violent acts when committed between people sharing a personal relationship.
Arizona domestic violence laws prohibit the commission of certain violent acts and property crimes between current and former spouses, persons who date or have a sexual relationship, and other domestic relationships.
Michigan’s domestic assault law applies to assaults committed against persons who are or were in certain relationships with the defendant. Michigan law also provides a system where domestic violence victims can obtain personal protection orders from a court.