Rockville Domestic Violence Lawyer

Charged with Domestic Violence?

Crimes that take place between family or household members are classified as domestic crimes in Maryland. Due to the nature of the crime, it is important to obtain a skilled attorney who can help you navigate the procedures and actively fight for the best possible results. A Rockville criminal defense lawyer from the firm is equipped with years of high-profile experience and can offer trusted legal guidance.

Crimes Classified as Domestic Violence

It is common for many people to think of domestic violence as only the most serious forms of abuse or harm. However, Maryland considers the following crimes as domestic violence:

  • Assault
  • Rape or sexual offense
  • Harassment, including stalking or public embarrassment
  • False imprisonment
  • Physical abuse or any act that could cause serious bodily harm

After classifying your crime as domestic violence, the court will then assign one of two kinds of relief – a protective order or a peace order – to the individual affected by the domestic violence.

Arrests & Punishments for Domestic Violence

If you have been charged with domestic violence, you can be arrested without a warrant. The incident must be reported within 48 hours and there must be visible evidence of the abuse. However, you can also be arrested without a warrant if you have violated a protective order.

The courts will base your sentence on a variety of things, such as identity of the victim, your relationship to the victim, and the extent of their injuries.

Penalties for domestic violence include:

  • A minimum of 90 days in jail
  • Probation
  • Counseling and/or treatment
  • Fines up to $2,500

Not only is the initial act of domestic violence a serious offense, but violating a protective order carries significant consequences, as well. A protective order violation allegation can occur even if the opposing party first initiated the contact.

Domestic violence is not a charge that you want on your record. It can affect future employment, relationships, and living situations. Call on Kennedy & Dolan today to get in touch with an experienced domestic violence attorney.

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