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Violent Crime

Police, prosecutors, and judges take all crimes of violence very seriously in Georgia. Even people convicted of offenses such as simple battery often serve jail time, pay stiff fines, and serve terms on probation. Many crimes of violence have mandatory minimum sentences, requiring sentences of many years in prison no matter what the background of the accused or the mitigating circumstances of the particular case.


Family Violence – Any crime charged as a crime of “family violence” – a crime committed against a family member or person in the same household – may result in enhanced penalties, such as

  • Prohibition from the home
  • Prohibition from possession of firearms
  • Mandatory counseling
  • Prohibition from use of alcohol, even in moderation
  • Loss of employment and employment opportunities.

The Seven Deadly Sins - Georgia law provides especially serious penalties for a particular group of crimes known as the “Seven Deadly Sins.” These are:

  • Murder or felony murder
  • Armed robbery
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Aggravated child molestation
  • Aggravated sodomy
  • Aggravated sexual battery

These crimes carry minimum mandatory sentences (rape, 25 years; murder, life) that leave the judge with no discretion in sentencing.

Our Atlanta Criminal Lawyer Provides Skillful Defense

You Need Someone with Experience Representing You: The police and prosecutors have specially trained units to deal with the highly specialized medical, social, and legal issues that surround cases involving violent crime. If you have been accused of committing any crime of violence, having an attorney with experience in violent crime representing you can often make the difference between going to jail and getting back on with your life.

The Odom Law Firm helps people charged with these crimes get back on with their lives – Peter Odom has been trying cases involving violent crime for over twenty years. Peter has represented many people charged with serious offenses ranging from misdemeanor family violence battery up to rape and murder. He has achieved excellent results. Many cases are dismissed before a formal accusation is ever brought. Even where a formal charge is brought, he can often negotiate for a reduced charge and a reduced penalty, avoiding mandatory minimum sentences and stiff fines.

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