Glen Burnie & Columbia Domestic Violence Lawyer
Domestic violence is a very real and serious problem that should not go unreported and should be dealt with in the appropriate legal setting. It is important to know, however, that allegations of domestic violence are sometimes only the result of misunderstandings between parties, and false charges are sometimes intentionally leveled as well. Domestic violence is often prosecuted more vigorously and punished more harshly than other crimes, and convicted offenders can face restraining orders that highly restrict their freedom and movements, on top of any fines or jail time which may be imposed. In addition to having a criminal record and the negative impacts a criminal record brings, being found guilty of domestic violence can have a devastating impact on one’s reputation as well, as domestic violence is seen to have a strong moral component that may not be present in the conviction of other types of crime.
Domestic violence charges are serious, and they require the help of serious attorneys to defend against. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA provide strong, aggressive representation to protect the rights and interests of our clients in Anne Arundel, Howard and Baltimore counties. Call our office if you have been arrested and charged with assault based on a claim of domestic violence.
What Exactly is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is defined under Maryland law as any of the following acts when it occurs between family or household members:
- Placing a person in fear of imminent serious bodily harm
- Causing serious bodily harm
- Rape or other sexual offense
- Attempted rape or other sexual offense
- False imprisonment
Domestic violence itself is not a crime; rather it is a civil matter. People who believe they have been the victim of domestic violence can find civil relief by obtaining a protective order or peace order, commonly known as restraining orders. When the criminal justice system becomes involved and makes an arrest, the charge is not domestic violence but some defined crime such as assault, even if the accuser refers to the charge as domestic violence. Assault can be charged as a felony offense, so it is extremely important to hire qualified and experienced criminal defense attorneys to help you avoid serious negative consequences from an assault or domestic violence prosecution.
As criminal defense lawyers who also maintain a robust family law practice, our attorneys are familiar with all the many ways domestic violence charges can arise in the context of a family matter, including divorce or a child custody dispute. We know that charges are sometimes brought as a result of misunderstandings in the midst of heated, emotional exchanges. We also know that accusations are sometimes falsely made in an attempt to gain leverage in a divorce or custody dispute. Domestic violence laws favor the accuser and make it easy to get a restraining order against an alleged abuser. When criminal charges such as assault are involved, our criminal defense attorneys step in to provide vigorous defense to protect our clients from the serious negative consequences which could follow if their rights are not fully protected.
Get Help Immediately after a Domestic Violence Arrest in Maryland
If you have been arrested for assault or another criminal offense arising out of a domestic situation in Anne Arundel, Howard or Baltimore counties, call the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA in Glen Burnie, Columbia or Baltimore for immediate assistance.