DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ATTORNEYS IN BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Indeed, domestic violence (also called domestic abuse) is a serious crime. According to recent statistics, one in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of domestic violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. In Maryland, around 457,000 adult women have been victims of rape at some point in their lives.
Under Maryland law, the wide range of behaviors that can be constituted as domestic violence (DV) between household or family members include:
Abuse of a vulnerable adult
Placing the victim in imminent fear of bodily harm
In addition, the Domestic Violence Law in Maryland defines domestic violence or abuse as any of the above offensive behaviors directed towards a person with whom the abuser has a certain type of relationship, including:
Current or former spouses
Cohabitants or former cohabitants
Couples who are dating or have dated
Parents of a child in common
Stepparents or stepchildren
Vulnerable adults and their caregivers
The law provides victims with several legal protections, including the ability to obtain protective orders and peace orders, which can prohibit the abuser from contacting or coming near them. It also allows victims to press criminal charges against their abuser and seek compensation for damages or injuries.
In Maryland, domestic violence is taken very seriously, and the state has several resources available to help victims, including hotlines, shelters, and legal aid services.
But if you are wrongfully charged with a domestic violence case or served with a protective order (also known as a restraining order) petition, you could be in big trouble. It could be a long and perplexing battle ahead, and having a Maryland criminal defense attorney by your side will prove invaluable.
Maryland courts generally apply extreme discretion to decide how much time a defendant should serve, and the penalties will always be based on the facts of the case. If, unfortunately, you are found guilty, it can result in steep fines, jail or prison time, and the revocation of some specific individual rights like the possession of firearms or seeing your children.
Accused or charged with DV? It is absolutely essential to reach out to an experienced team of lawyers, such as ours at Atkinson Law, to know your options. Time is of the essence here, so you would want to act as swiftly as possible.
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The Domestic Violence Law in Maryland protects victims from abuse, threats, and cruelty from their intimate partners, family members, or anyone with whom they share a household. But it also has provisions for those on the other side of the story, i.e., the accused.
We understand that a criminal conviction or a protective order can lead to serious consequences including loss of employment, damage to your reputation, and loss of freedom. There also is a sense of urgency in these cases. Call us today to schedule a consultation.
Our attorneys are experienced and knowledgeable amd can help you navigate the complex system of the Maryland courts and help you obtain the best resolution for your case.
Contact us at 410-882-9595 to schedule your free initial confidential consultation today.