Maple Lawn Domestic Violence Lawyer
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 34.4 percent of Maryland women and 28.8 percent of Maryland men experience physical violence, rape, or stalking by an intimate partner of theirs. When a person is experiencing domestic violence, their lives are in jeopardy and time is of the essence. If you have been experiencing domestic violence of any kind, be it physical or verbal, it is important you seek help to get out of your situation and into a safe environment. On the other side, sometimes people are wrongly accused of domestic violence and the false accusations can negatively impact their future. The Maple Lawn domestic violence lawyers at Weinberg & Schwartz, L.L.C. can assist with petitioning the court for a restraining order against your partner or with false allegations that you have committed domestic violence.
Who Can You Protect Yourself Against With A Protective Order
According to Maryland Courts, protective orders only help keep someone away from you if you have one of the following relationships to the person:
- They are your spouse or ex-spouse;
- You are related by marriage, blood, or adoption including stepfamily that have lived with you for at least 90 days in the last year;
- You have lived with the person in a sexual relationship for at least 90 days in the last year;
- You share a child with the person;
- You have had a sexual relationship with the person in the last year;
- You were raped or sexually assaulted by the person in the last six months; or
- You are a vulnerable adult.
If you have someone else who you need protection against, such as a neighbor or coworker there is another type of order in Maryland that can help called a peace order.
How a Protective Order Can Help with Your Safety
Protective orders are often a deterrent to the behavior because the individual who the order is placed against could face jail time if they do not abide by it. Protective orders may state that the person cannot have contact with you, that they must relinquish firearms to the police, and that they cannot visit places you frequent such as your school or workplace. If you own a home that you have shared with them, it can also force them out.
False Accusations of Domestic Violence
Occasionally someone will make a false accusation of domestic violence to get what they want. For example, a spouse may suggest that they were being verbally abused by their partner during a divorce in an attempt to get full child custody. We examine these cases carefully before agreeing to represent a client, but understand that a false claim of domestic violence can have life-long repercussions for an individual.
Contact Our Maple Lawn Domestic Violence Attorneys at Once
No matter which side of a domestic violence case you are on, you deserve legal counsel to guide you through this difficult time. Our Maple Lawn domestic violence attorneys at Weinberg & Schwartz, L.L.C. understand the time sensitive nature of these cases and are available to help whenever you are ready. Call us today at 410-997-0203 to schedule a free consultation.