There are few allegations more damaging to a family and a reputation than those involving domestic violence. Unfortunately, many people are falsely accused of committing an act of domestic violence every year, and if you are one of them, you must continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Maryland criminal defense attorney to learn more about these charges and how our firm can help you fight them. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How does Maryland law define domestic violence?
Under Maryland law, domestic violence is defined as “the occurrence of one or more of the following acts between ‘family or household members”:
- An act that places a person in fear of imminent serious bodily harm
- False imprisonment
- Rape or sexual offense
- Attempted rape or sexual offense
Depending on an individual’s relationship with the alleged abuser, the courts will issue one of two types of civil relief from the abuser, if requested.
What defines a domestic relationship?
Protective orders may be requested and granted against anyone with whom the alleged victim had a relationship. Some of the relationships that may qualify for a protective order include the following:
- Individuals who share a child
- Individuals who have had a sexual relationship within a year of filing the petition
- Couples who have had an intimate relationship for at least 90 days over the last year
- Anyone related by blood, marriage, or adoption
- Most parent-child or stepparent-child relationships
- Current spouses
- Former spouses
If you are issued a Temporary Protective Order, you will have to stay away from and have no contact with the alleged victim until the hearing occurs where a judge will determine whether the temporary order should become permanent. If the order is made permanent, you may face both criminal and civil penalties, depending on the circumstances of your case. Additionally, in many instances, domestic violence charges may warrant an altered child custody agreement. No matter your circumstances, if you are charged with domestic violence, you will most likely face very serious consequences, and our firm is here to help combat those penalties.
If you believe that you have been falsely accused of an act of domestic violence, it is imperative that you retain the services of an experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney who can work to disprove all allegations made against you. Our firm is ready to seek justice on your behalf.
Contact our experienced Maryland firm
The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Anne Arundel County and Howard County, Maryland who need legal assistance for criminal defense or personal injury matters. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.