Maryland Domestic Violence Attorney
What is Considered Domestic Violence in Maryland?
Unfortunately, police officers are required under Maryland law to make an arrest when there is a domestic disturbance. The law defines domestic violence as a threat or act of violence involving people with an intimate relationship, such as spouses, parents and stepparents, partners, roommates, or those residing in the same home.
Offenses considered domestic violence in Maryland include:
- Threatening or causing physical injury
- Criminal harassment
- Sexual battery or assault
- Statutory rape
Depending on the specific charges, domestic violence incidents can result in a prison sentence, mandatory enrollment in a domestic violence treatment program, and a permanent restraining order. A conviction can also make it difficult to find employment, housing, and you may not be able to see your children. In addition, a domestic violence conviction will affect immigration status and the ability to possess a firearm.
Experienced Legal Counsel from Brennan McKenna & Lawlor
Domestic violence cases arise in a few different ways. In some situations, emotions take control and heated fights lead to threats or even physical harm. In other cases, charges arise from an overzealous bystander hearing an argument and calling the police. Due to the serious consequences of a criminal conviction, it is important to seek advice from an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible after an arrest. The domestic violence attorneys at Brennan McKenna & Lawlor have decades of experience and have represented numerous clients charged with domestic violence related offenses.
Our domestic violence attorneys provide skilled, reliable legal representation during every step of the process. We examine the circumstances of your arrest, listen to your side of the story, interview witnesses, and gather evidence. We consider possible defense strategies and develop the most effective defense possible for your situation.
Do Domestic Violence Cases Get Dismissed?
While there is no other way to guarantee dropped charges, there are a few defenses that can be useful to your case. A district attorney will review your case before thinking about dropping the charges and see there is convincing evidence the victim is lying and there is no other evidence linked to you.
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