Situations of domestic violence are very complex and emotional. It is because of this that it is important to have an experienced yet compassionate attorney on your side when facing these matters. The right attorney can provide you with the proper defense to your situation. Continue reading below to learn more and contact a Maryland criminal defense attorney for assistance with your case.
What are Defense Strategies to Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence disputes are very tragic situations. When dealing with these matters, there can be multiple sides to the story. This can make it difficult to determine what truly happened. That is why a skilled attorney is necessary to develop a variety of defense strategies that aid your case. This can include the following:
- Self-defense: Claims of self-defense in Maryland domestic violence cases must be reasonable. This means that the individual must fear he or she is going to be harmed and use violence only to protect themselves from the harm. They are not able to defend themselves in an unreasonable manner. For example, it is not usually reasonable to react with a knife or gun after being punched.
- Defense of Others: When a person witnesses an act of domestic assault and steps in to assist the victim, this can be used as a defense as long as it is reasonable, as they are doing what was needed to stop the assault.
What do I do if I Was Falsely Accused?
When a person is accused of domestic violence, it is a very severe accusation. This can result in a wide variety of consequences, such as jail time and a criminal record. These can follow a person for the rest of their life, detrimentally impacting their future. It is because of this that it is imperative to never falsely accuse someone of domestic violence. However, there are cases in which this still takes place. This may be in situations where one party wishes to have power over the other, such as divorce or child custody cases, financial matters, or jealousy. If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, it is crucial that you retain the services of an attorney who will fight to clear your name and protect your future.
What Should I Know About Domestic Violence Investigations?
All individuals facing domestic violence charges have rights. They are presumed to be innocent unless proven guilty. In addition to this, they have a right to an attorney and do not have to speak with anyone during this time, including the police. In the state of Maryland, third-party witnesses who saw the incident can be used to help a case. During domestic violence investigations, the investigators will interview witnesses as well as victims. They will also obtain medical records, statements, surveillance footage, and more. Additional evidence that can be used can include medical records, 911 phone records, police reports, and any physical objects that may have been used in the dispute.
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The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Anne Arundel 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.