A domestic violence charge can seriously destroy a person’s reputation. Unfortunately, we live in a time where untrue domestic violence accusations are common. If you are currently being accused of an act of domestic violence, you need an experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney on your side. Please continue reading and reach out to Debra Saltz to learn more about domestic violence charges in Maryland and how our firm can help if you are currently facing them. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How is domestic violence defined under Maryland law?
When someone commits any of the following acts against a family or household member, he or she may be charged with domestic violence:
- Rape or sexual offense
- Attempted rape or sexual offense
- False imprisonment
What is a domestic relationship?
When two people share a child, have an intimate or sexual relationship, or are current/former spouses, they are in what is known as a domestic relationship. Additionally, anyone who is related by blood, marriage, or adoption is considered to have a domestic relationship. Further, in most cases, stepparents are also considered to have a domestic relationship with their stepchildren.
What happens if I am accused of an act of domestic violence?
In most cases, the court will issue a Temporary Protective Order against you, which prevents you from having any sort of contact with the alleged victim (and sometimes his or her family) until a hearing is held regarding whether the TPO should be made final. If the person can prove that they are, in fact, a victim of domestic violence, the court will most likely issue a final protective order.
You may also expect to face additional criminal penalties, including potential jail time, high fines, and more. Domestic violence convictions can also affect child custody (if the accused has a child with the victim), as courts will most likely assert that the violent parent poses a danger to their children.
No one should ever have to face a domestic violence accusation on their own. For years, Attorney Saltz of the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has fought on behalf of those wrongfully accused of crimes, and she is prepared to fight for you as well. Contact us online or call us today to learn more about how we can assist you.
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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.