When you and a family member get into an argument, it is easy for things to get out of hand. In some cases, you might end up with criminal charges or civil action against you because that family member claims that he or she was a victim of domestic violence.
Maryland has some very strict laws about what constitutes domestic violence. In this state, domestic violence occurs when there is a rape, sexual offense, attempted rape, attempted sexual offense, assault, stalking or false imprisonment. Domestic violence is also defined as doing something that places a family member or household member in fear of imminent body harm that would be serious.