Accused of Domestic Violence?
Our Skilled Elkton Domestic Violence Lawyer Can Help
Few criminal charges are as sensitive as domestic violence. Domestic violence cases are often aggressively pursued by the prosecution, often at the expense of proper consideration of the accused. Many individuals are falsely accused of committing domestic violence against a household member, spouse, significant other or previous significant other, and the penalties for these charges can have damaging long-term consequences on their future.
At the Law Office of Cricket Browne, LLC, our dedicated Elkton criminal defense attorneys are also former law clerks for the Circuit Court of Cecil County. We understand our court system and just how fiercely the rights of the accused need to be protected. No matter what allegations our clients face, they can rest assured that their voices will compellingly be put forth before the law.
Want to learn more about how our firm advocates for you during this difficult time? Contact us today to request a free case evaluation.
Understanding Domestic Abuse Charges
In Maryland, "Domestic abuse" is a blanket term that can encompass a number of different criminal offenses. Child abuse, assault, false imprisonment, stalking, and other offenses can all be considered domestic abuse in the courtroom if the alleged victim is a family or household member. Still, there are important key factors to keep in mind that are specific to these charges.
Key factors in a domestic abuse case:
- It doesn't just mean spouses: while domestic abuse cases often involve violence between spouses, Md. Ann. [Fam.] Code §§ 4-501 and 14–101 has a broader definition of what can be considered domestic violence. It can include former spouses, unmarried parents, as well as any other individuals who are living together under the same roof.
- There doesn't necessarily need to be a warrant: Maryland police are sometimes allowed to arrest individuals who they suspect are guilty of domestic violence without a warrant. If officers believe that an individual has hurt someone they live with and it is possible that they will hurt others if not arrested, will flee, or that they have violated a protective (restraining) order, they may put a suspect in custody.
- New aggravating factors: In 2014, lawmakers passed a new law that makes harsher penalty enhancements possible for those convicted of domestic violence if a minor was present at the time of the offense. In Maryland, a minor is anyone under the age of 18.
Maryland Domestic Violence Penalties
If you are facing domestic violence accusations in Maryland, it is important to understand the penalties you could be facing. The penalties you may be facing will depend on the allegations made against you, the harm against the victim or emotional abuse they may have suffered. In addition to the penalties you face, these criminal accusations carry long-term consequences that will impact your life for years to come.
These penalties include:
- Jail time
- Restraining order
- Loss of child custody
- public label of a viloent person
Call Us for Representation Today
At the Law Office of Cricket Browne, LLC we understand what is at stake and we can help what matters most. No matter what the circumstances of your domestic violence charge is, you deserve to have your rights protected. Our team can not only ensure that you are granted every consideration you deserve before our court system, but will aggressively pursue every viable avenue towards a reduction or an acquittal on your behalf.
For more details about your case, schedule a consultation to see how our Elkton domestic violence attorneys can help you protect your future.
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