We recently discussed some of the harsh penalties that you might face for domestic violence charges. If you recall, you can face up to life in prison for a rape conviction that is related to domestic violence. While this might seem harsh, it is proof that you need to get to work on your defense right away.
Maryland has very strict domestic violence laws that can have a serious impact on your life. If you are accused of domestic violence related actions, you should be prepared to fight for your freedom.
In our previous blog post, we discussed the fact that the victim in a domestic violence can't simply drop the criminal charges. This is something that people think can happen because it happens on some television shows and movies. The fact is that only the prosecutor or judge can drop the charges.
There's a common misconception about criminal charges, and it's that the person who was victimized is the one who brings the charges against the person who is accused of the crime. That's how civil cases work, but it's not how criminal cases work. The state actually files those charges, not the victim.
Domestic violence accusations can tear your family apart. You might think that everything is fine, but then you learn that you are facing criminal charges. We can understand how this would be a frightening situation to find yourself in. We are here to help you learn about your options for a defense.
Think about all the aspects of your life that are affected by an accusation of domestic violence. You might have to face criminal charges. You might face the end of the relationship. You could be prevented from seeing your children or other people because of court orders that were handed down because of the accusations. You might also face the social scrutiny and other life effects of this type of accusation.
When you and your significant other get into an argument, you probably don't expect that it will end with you facing domestic violence charges. Sadly, that is one possibility that can occur. In some cases, these charges are based on actual physical violence. In others, they are based on spurious allegations made by one spouse. In either case, you should make sure that you are ready to fight the charges, because they can adversely affect your entire life.
We have often discussed how much a domestic violence conviction can have on your life. The United States Supreme Court has recently clarified that a domestic violence conviction can prevent a person in the United States from owning a firearm. That ruling might have you wondering exactly what you need to do to fight against the charges.
Domestic violence allegations are very serious. If you are charged and convicted of domestic violence, the consequences can last the rest of your life. It can affect what kind of job you are able to hold and even where you can live. Even when the allegations are false, it's important to take them very seriously.
Whether or not you are convicted, domestic violence allegations can have a lasting impact on your entire life. If you are convicted, those impacts can be especially exacerbated. A history of domestic violence can impact your employment, relationships with children and others, the ability to rent an apartment, credit and professional standing.