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Domestic Violence

Domestic violence charges are given after an incident of violence in the home, and they typically involve the abuse of a partner or spouse. These types of charges can result in severe penalties, from jail-time to fines to restraining orders. This is why it’s very important to contact a reputable criminal lawyer if you have been given a domestic violence charge. A criminal lawyer will be able to explain your rights to you, and they will be able to talk you through the case against you.

If you have any questions about what constitutes a domestic violence charge, contact us, and we’ll be able to answer all of your questions.

Domestic Violence Laws in Maryland

In Maryland, domestic violence charges are covered under the same state codes as both first and second degree assault. There are two types of domestic violence charges: First Degree Domestic Violence and Second Degree Domestic Violence. First Degree Domestic Violence charges are given when one person causes serious physical injury to another person. This charge can also be given if one spouse threatens the other with a firearm. Second Degree Domestic Violence charges are given when the injuries are less severe and are not life-threatening.

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Domestic violence charges can be classified as both misdemeanors and felonies, depending on the details of the case. For misdemeanor charges, penalties can include probation, restraining orders, community service, fines, jail-time, incarceration, or house arrest. The maximum jail-time given for a misdemeanor Second Degree Domestic Felony Charge is ten years of jail-time and a fine of up to $2,500. Felony charges are generally even more stringent, and they can include a felony conviction on your permanent record, and more lengthy jail-time and higher fines. The maximum jail-time for a felony First Degree Domestic Violence charge is 25 years in prison.

Usually, if the party charged with domestic violence is released before their trial or is bonded out of jail, one of the conditions of their release will be that they can have no contact with the alleged victim. The person pressing charges can also arrange to have a protective order.

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Choosing the law office of Rowena N. Nelson, LLC as your Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer

At the law office of Rowena N. Nelson, LLC, we’ll work with you to create a defense strategy for your domestic violence case. We’ll help you understand the penalties that you may be facing, and we’ll answer any questions that you have about the charges brought against you and the case itself. At the law office of Rowena N. Nelson, LLC, we’re dedicated to upholding the legal rights of all our clients.

If you’re looking for a lawyer who will fiercely represent you in the courtroom, the law office of Rowena N. Nelson, LLC is the right choice for you. Contact Us today, and we’ll set up an appointment to begin working on your case.

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frequently asked questions

What is Bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy is a “last resort” method that is designed to allow the government to provide debt repayment or settlement to those who are unable to pay money that is owed. There are different types of bankruptcy, and there are rules in which to qualify for this service.

How do I know if I qualify?

Generally, you must be in a situation where you have acquired debt that you can no longer repay due to a change in your financial capabilities. Often, bankruptcy occurs after a major life event such as death, divorce, illness, job loss, or any other hardship.

Is bankruptcy right for me?

It is strongly encouraged to make bankruptcy your last resort. Attempt to make arrangements with your debtors first by contacting each one of them directly and discussing reduced payments or the ability to defer payments for a period of time. Many debtors are willing to negotiate to some level to help those in need.

What is the process for filing bankruptcy?

While it is possible to file for bankruptcy on your own, it is highly recommended to use legal assistance. Find a law firm that specializes in bankruptcy and can help you determine which type of bankruptcy is best for your situation. Then the firm can handle all of the needed paperwork throughout the process to make sure your bankruptcy runs smoothly.

What advice can a bankruptcy attorney give me?

The best bankruptcy attorneys will have an initial conversation with you at no charge. The attorney can provide advice on next steps and your alternatives. If you decide to proceed, you may have to pay a small initial fee to begin the filing process.

How often can a person file for bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy can only be filed once every 6 years.

What must I do before I file my case?

Discuss your situation with a knowledgeable attorney, who will also request for a list of all debts. The list should include the company or individual name, the amount owed, account number, and a phone number.

What is an exempt asset?

Depending on the type of bankruptcy, some of your assets can be exempted. This could include your home, vehicle, or certain personal debts such as child support.

Can I pay some creditors if I want to?

With bankruptcy, it is very important to stick to the terms of your agreement. Discuss any situations with your attorney to determine how best to prioritize payments.

Will filing bankruptcy hurt my credit?

Because bankruptcy often results in debtors losing money, your credit score will be dramatically impacted. A record of your bankruptcy can remain on your credit report for as long as ten years.

Can I choose which type of bankruptcy to file?

How do I choose the right one? Choose a law firm that specializes in bankruptcy to help you determine which choice is best for your particular situation.

What are the main differences between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

In a chapter 7 bankruptcy, virtually all of your assets are used to repay the debt, and then the remaining debt is put into structured payments that must be completed within a set period of time, typically 3-5 years. A chapter 13 bankruptcy allows you to retain some of your assets such as home and vehicle and restructured payments are put into place.

Will I be able to keep my property and assets if I file Bankruptcy?

It depends on the type of bankruptcy, but your attorney can help you determine how best to keep the assets you need.

Can I file Bankruptcy on my own?

It is possible but the paperwork and legal process are extremely time-consuming and very complicated. In a vast majority of cases it is much easier to use a skilled attorney.

Are there alternatives to Bankruptcy?

Everyone is always encouraged to use bankruptcy as a last resort. Some people may be able to repay debts simply by living within their means and adhering to a budget. Others may need to negotiate a reduced payment with their debtors. But in some cases, bankruptcy is the only alternative.

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