Criminal charges follow alleged broomstick assault in Maryland

When Maryland residents are charged with assault, they may realize the importance of knowing their rights and defending their interests. An assault conviction may lead to severe penalties, including incarceration and fines. Furthermore, the individual will have a criminal record that can cause difficulties in future job applications and other aspects of life.

The deputy of a county sheriff recently responded to a report of domestic violence, and upon arrival, he reportedly found a 44-year-old man who had some blood on his hands and his neck. The man’s wife and a second female were also present and alleged that the man was intoxicated and started shouting at them as they came into the house. The mother says she took her two children outside and got into the car but could not escape because the car keys were not there. The man allegedly used two wooden broomsticks to break the car’s window, and he is accused of proceeding to beat the second woman.

The mother reported that she then took the uninjured children back inside. Both women reportedly refused medical care. The man reportedly told police that there had been some pushing around between his wife and himself. Online records of the court showed that the man was arrested and detained on bail of $80,000.

When individuals face assault charges, they may wish to gain information regarding their rights under Maryland state laws. Assault charges can have serious repercussions and a conviction should be avoided if possible. All charges made have to be proved beyond reasonable doubt, as it has been known for individuals to make false accusations in an attempt to gain advantage in divorce proceedings or to otherwise exact revenge upon a spouse.

Source:, “Clarksburg man accused of broomstick beating”, Cara R. Anthon, April 4, 2014

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