Ellicott City MD Domestic Violence Lawyer
Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney & Former Prosecutor
Domestic violence involves situations that occur between spouses, partners, or members of the same family or household. If you are charged with domestic violence, you could be facing serious penalties and long term consequences in your life. At Robert N. Keehner, Attorney at Law, our Ellicott City domestic violence attorney can work with you to build your defense and protect your rights.
How Serious Is A Domestic Violence Charge?
Domestic violence can lead to a misdemeanor charge and is specified as an attempt or hazard to utilize physical force against another domestic resident. Additionally, domestic violence can lead to a felony charge depending on the assault & battery laws and is punishable by fines plus jail time.
Domestic Violence Charges & Penalties
The specific penalties you may be facing depend on the charges. For example, assault in the second degree carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, while first degree assault can result in prison sentences of up to 25 years. Aggravating factors can have an impact on the sentence and result in penalty enhancements.
The aggravating factors for a domestic violence charge may include:
- Broken bones
- Injuries that require medical treatment or hospitalization
- Permanent injuries
- Disability caused by the injury
Fighting a domestic violence charge can be overwhelming and extremely difficult on you and your family. Individuals charged with domestic violence may find that the court issues a protective order, which prevents them from having contact with the alleged victim. This could keep you from your children and returning to your home until the case is resolved.
Conviction Has Lasting Consequences
In addition to the legal penalties of a conviction, a domestic violence conviction can have lasting consequences on your life. Often, companies won’t hire someone with a domestic violence conviction, you may have trouble securing housing, and family relationships can be damaged or destroyed. Our Ellicott City domestic violence lawyer cares about our clients and wants to see them do well. He will guide you through the process and fight to minimize the impact of the charges on your life.