Experienced Domestic Violence Attorney in Owings Mills
Domestic violence cases can be very complicated. Stakes and emotions are high, and the consequences can be damaging and long lasting, even before a verdict is reached. This is why you need an experienced, understanding domestic violence attorney to help protect your rights during such an emotionally trying time. If you find yourself embroiled in a domestic violence case in Owings Mills, MD, contact the Law Office of Kent L. Greenberg. We will ensure your rights are upheld and you are empowered throughout the entirety of your case. Our unique legal strategy will provide the best possible outcome for you.
What is domestic violence?
In Maryland, the law identifies domestic violence abuse when one of the following acts occurs between members of a household or family:
- False imprisonment
- Attempted rape or an attempted sexual offense
- Actual rape or a sexual offense
- Physical assault
- An act that causes (the fear of) serious bodily harm
It’s important to note there no specific law or set of laws that explicitly prohibit domestic violence. If you are prosecuting a defendant, they must be charged with one of the above acts. In the event a child is in the house, there may be harsher penalties, since a 2014 change in State law means the incident could possibly be deemed child abuse. The accused party is not necessarily the spouse; complaints can be filed against anyone related by blood, cohabitating partners, and even other household members. Other crimes or offenses related to domestic abuse include spousal abuse and roommate violence.
What can be done?
There are two main types of civil relief your attorney can carry out on your behalf: protective orders and peace orders.
Protective orders are issued by the judge, ordering the accused not to carry out certain acts. If you are current or former spouses, were in an intimate relationship, or are related by blood, marriage, or adoption, you can file a protective order. The judge can order the abuser to refrain from a wide variety of actions, including staying away from you, moving out of the home you both live in, and not contacting you. When giving a final protective order, counseling can be ordered and the abuser may have to pay all court costs, among other outcomes.
Peace orders are legal protection in which the court will order the other person to refrain from any contact; however, unlike a protective order, a peace order does not take into consideration the nature of the relationship between parties. This means it can be filed against a neighbor, stranger, or someone who does not fall under the qualifications for a protective order.
Dealing with domestic violence in Owings Mills can be a trying, difficult process. Make it easier and ensure the law is on your side with the invaluable legal counsel and assistance of the Law Office of Kent L. Greenberg. Call today for a free consultation.
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