What Attorneys Can Do for Domestic Violence Cases
Being charged with domestic violence — even if you are falsely accused — will cause serious disruption in your day-to-day life. Not only will charges lead to a mark on your permanent record, but you may be unable to return to your home — at least temporarily.
On the flip side, being a victim of domestic violence is terrifying. You deserve immediate protection from the law.
Our attorneys provide diligent, aggressive representation for both those who are accused of domestic violence and those who are victims of domestic violence. Our goal is to help you reduce the disruption in your life as much as possible. Whether this means getting charges dismissed or getting a protective order, we can help.
You should never hire an attorney whom you aren’t confident you can trust. We believe that the best way to decide if you can trust an attorney is to meet that attorney face-to-face. To schedule a free initial consultation at the Law Offices of Elling & Elling, call us at 301-637-0281 or toll free at 866-470-5187, or contact us online.
How Will Domestic Violence Charges Affect You?
Domestic violence often involves two separate sets of charges: civil and criminal. The civil charges will result in a temporary order of protection preventing you from coming near the petitioner/plaintiff. If you live with the petitioner/plaintiff, this means you cannot go home. If you have children, you will be temporarily ordered away from them as well with certain limitations. The courts may also order temporary child support and custody to ensure the children have proper care.
The temporary restraining order will only last for a limited amount of time. When that time has expired, you can schedule a hearing where you may present your case to a judge and potentially have the order expunged or shielded. If the judge rules against you, the order may be put into effect for a full year or possibly 18 months.
If there are criminal charges in domestic violence, they usually consist of assault. If you have been charged with assault, our lawyers will work aggressively to help you fight those charges. We have more than 50 years of combined experience in criminal law and are ready to protect your constitutional rights.
How Is a Peace Order Different From a Protective Order?
In general, protective orders are designed for married couples, couples with children and those who are blood-related. A peace order is for anyone else who does not meet one of the previous three qualifications. An example would be people who are romantically involved, but who do not share a residence.
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If you have been charged with domestic violence or you are the victim of domestic violence, we welcome you to contact us online or by telephone. Call 301-637-0281 or toll free at 866-470-5187 to schedule a free initial consultation. We also have an in-depth background in family law, helping clients obtain restraining orders to protect their safety.