Are You Facing Domestic Violence Charges?
If you are facing domestic violence charges, it is important to know what you are up against. Many Maryland counties have made the prosecution of domestic violence assault a priority. To avoid life-changing consequences, you will need the help of an experienced defense lawyer.
At the Law Offices of James N. Papirmeister, P.C., in Silver Spring, we defend people accused of domestic violence in Maryland and Washington, D.C. For a free initial consultation about your case, call 301-589-2100 or 301-367-6500 after hours.
A Damaging Accusation
Montgomery and Prince George’s counties are just two examples of jurisdictions with special units dedicated to the prosecution of cases involving assault in relationships, which is typically charged as second-degree assault. If convicted, you face up to 10 years in prison. Even if you are offered probation, you will have the stigma of a domestic assault conviction on your record for the rest of your life. You will be barred under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition. You could lose your job.
Police in Maryland have no choice but to make an arrest if they are called to your home and see evidence of assault, such as a mark on your spouse’s face. What you do next is extremely important. You should contact a lawyer before you make any admissions to the police.
Dealing With Protective Or Peace Orders
If you are accused of domestic violence, the alleged victim may seek a protective or peace order against you. It is important to have an attorney represent you at this hearing, as you could be forced to move out of your house or face other consequences. This hearing is likely to take place within a week of your arrest.
To obtain a restraining or protective order, the alleged victim will need to testify under oath. This will give your lawyer an opportunity to cross-examine the alleged victim before he or she has been coached by prosecutors. This could result in evidence that will be helpful to the defense in your criminal trial.
It is important not to contact the alleged victim if you are subject to a protective or peace order, as you could be charged with a separate crime.