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Domestic Violence

amaral-criminal-law-practice-areas-domestic-violenceBaltimore Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer

Maryland law takes domestic violence charges very seriously. If convicted, you could experience severe penalties that could have a significant impact on your life. In an effort to avoid these serious charges, it is important to obtain the help of a skilled Baltimore domestic violence defense attorney.

At Amaral Criminal Law, I offer empathetic, practical, and aggressive legal services that leave you confident that your domestic violence case is being handled effectively.

Contact my office today at 410-727-9550 to schedule your free in-person consultation.

Domestic Violence in Maryland

In Maryland, domestic violence involves acts or threats of violence between family or household members.

Domestic abuse can involve:

  • Stalking
  • Assault
  • Rape
  • Abuse
  • Investigations
  • Sexual assault
  • False imprisonment
  • Attempted rape or sexual offense
  • Peace Orders
  • Restraining Orders
  • An act that causes serious bodily harm
  • Spousal Abuse
  • An act that causes a person to fear imminent bodily harm
  • Civil and Criminal Actions
  • Pre-Trial Release

Unlike many other states, Maryland criminal code does not include specific laws for domestic violence between former or current spouses and other family members. Therefore, these crimes may be tried and penalized as crimes that are committed against complete strangers.

Protective Orders

There are two different types of civil relief that the court can put in place depending on the relationship between the abuser and the victim. When the act of abuse is committed against a qualifying family or household member, the court will grant a protective order for domestic violence. For those cases that do not involve the required relationship for a protective order, the court can grant a peace order.

If a protective order is filed against you, you may:

  • Be prohibited from entering your house
  • Be prevented from seeing your children
  • Lose your right to own and possess a firearm
  • Have to give up possession and use of a jointly titled car
  • Be required to attend counseling
  • Be ordered to pay filing fees and court costs

Contact Amaral Criminal Law Today

The thought of incurring fines, going to prison, and losing certain rights and privileges can be daunting. When you reach out to Amaral Criminal Law, you can have peace of mind knowing that I am ready to aggressively fight for your rights and freedom.

With over 30 years of experience as a Baltimore domestic violence defense lawyer, I have the knowledge and skills to provide the guidance you need to make the right decisions throughout the duration of your case.

To learn more about how my firm can help with your domestic violence case, reach out to me today at 410-727-9550