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GBI Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in Talking Rock

Posted by Richard Lawson | Sep 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pickens County Courthouse

Talking Rock, Ga. - According to officers out of Pickens County, a man was shot and killed after allegedly violating a restraining order.

Officers stated that they received a 911 call regarding the man trespassing on some property in Talking Rock. Officers arrived to a hectic scene where the man had allegedly attempted to attack his wife while she actively had a restraining order out against him.

The restraining order stemmed from a domestic dispute where the man was accused of attempting to kill his wife. When officers arrived he pulled out a gun and began firing at police. One of the officers then returned fire hitting the man. He was transported to a local hospital but died of his gunshot wound.

As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will focus the law in today's post on restraining orders and protective orders as well as the penalties for violating those orders.

Restraining Orders and Protective Orders in Georgia

Restraining Orders and Protective Orders in Georgia are typically used interchangeably. However, there is a difference between the two.

A restraining order is an order that requires parties to a lawsuit not to do certain things or to do certain things. When the person is not a family member, generally just a restraining order is sufficient

A protective order in Georgia differs from a restraining order in many ways, but the most significant difference is that protective orders have a longer duration. Protective orders can include children, other family members, roommates, or romantic partners of the victim. Some orders can last one to five years while others may be for a lifetime. Once a protective order expires, the victim can renew the order if they still feel threatened or that it is needed to protect them. 

Violating a protective order or restraining order comes with serious repercussions including being charged with aggravated stalking or going to jail. Violating a protective order can come with a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. 

Practice Note

If you have been accused of violating a protective order or have been arrested for aggravated stalking in Georgia, call our offices now. We can review the details of your case and determine the best course of action.

Call today.

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