Also referred to as domestic battery, domestic abuse, or intimate partner violence, domestic violence refers to the act of unlawfully and knowingly touching or injuring:
- A member of the household (i.e. a spouse, significant other, child or step-child)
- A person someone is dating (i.e. a boyfriend or girlfriend)
- Anyone with whom a person has a domestic partnership (i.e. grandparent)
Last year, about 3,000 individuals in Maryland were convicted of domestic violence charges. While a domestic violence charge can carry severe legal repercussions, it can also be humiliating and emotionally devastating, as the accused deals with serious issues in some intimate relationship in his or her life.
If you or a loved one is accused of domestic violence in Baltimore or its surrounding regions, it is imperative that you work with a discrete and experienced domestic violence attorney for the best chances of resolving your case favorably and efficiently.
A Baltimore Defense Attorney Can Help
Baltimore domestic violence lawyer David B. Shapiro has been successfully defending those accused of domestic violence for years. He is an experienced criminal defense attorney who pays attention to detail. He will evaluate all the details of your arrest and dig deep beneath the surface to find out not only what happened but why. For a thorough defense in your case, contact Mr. Shapiro today.
What Constitutes Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence charges can be filed when someone has allegedly committed any of the following acts against a family member or significant other:
- control or domination
- economic deprivation
- emotional and/or passive abuse
- physical aggression
- sexual abuse
- threats of any kind of abuse or physical harm
- unlawful restraint
What is an Order of Protection?
An order of protection, also referred to as a restraining order, is issued by a judge when a victim of domestic abuse requests protection from the alleged perpetrator. Orders of protection are typically issued when it’s likely, in the eyes of the court, that the accused will harm or injure the victim again.
Upon being issued, an order of protection will be enforced by the police. In Maryland, any violation of an order of protection (VOOP) is typically considered to be a Class A misdemeanor and, therefore, is punishable by up to 1 year in prison and a $2,500 fine.
If you or a loved one has been charged with domestic violence, contact the Law Offices of David B. Shapiro for a free, thorough evaluation of your case. Mr. Shapiro and his staff are dedicated to providing the best possible defense representation in Baltimore. Call us today at (410) 576-9100.