You need the right defense lawyer on your side
Domestic violence laws in Maryland are written to protect potential victims. When someone alleges abuse, the justice system is quick to respond and the rights of the person accused often get trampled in the process.
A dedicated defense attorney from the Law Office of Ralph W. Powers, Jr., P.C. could defend your rights and fight to protect your interests if you have been accused of domestic violence or assault. You could lose access to your home and children and suffer lasting damage to your reputation if you are not careful. Advice and representation from an experienced defense lawyer could help minimize the negative consequences.
Domestic Violence Charges are Complicated
When certain types of crimes are alleged to occur between members of the same family or household or people who have had a relationship, the law treats those as crimes of domestic violence. In addition to the criminal penalties for the underlying offense, the person accused is likely to face protective orders that prohibit contact with the accuser and others as well. It is essential to understand and comply with the terms because a violation of a protective order can be an even more serious crime.
The procedural rules change when someone claims to be the victim of domestic violence. Police may make arrests or take drastic action without waiting to get a warrant. Without advice from an experienced criminal defense lawyer, you can very easily say or do something that hurts your case if you have been accused of domestic violence.
Assault and Other Domestic Violence Offenses
Domestic violence is not a specific crime. Instead it refers to various crimes when they are committed between people in a domestic relationship. Assault is by far the most common crime charged in domestic violence cases, but domestic violence might also involve offenses such as stalking, attempted rape, false imprisonment, or kidnapping.
Assault is a crime that can be alleged even when someone has not been hurt. If someone accuses you of attempting to cause physical harm you could be charged with second degree assault and face up to ten years in prison. It is important to collect evidence as soon as possible to fight the charges.
Contact a Dedicated Domestic Violence Offense Lawyer in Prince George’s County
There is so much at stake in a domestic violence case and if you delay in seeking help, mistakes could be very damaging to your situation. The sooner you begin working with an experienced defense lawyer, the sooner your legal advisor can start protecting your rights, representing your interests, and searching for evidence to show your side of the story. Call the Law Office of Ralph W. Powers, Jr. P.C. today to get started on your defense.