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Maryland Police Duties & Notice Requirements For Domestic Violence

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When responding to an allegation of domestic violence, Maryland imposes various duties on law enforcement officers. At the highest level, law enforcement must try to protect the alleged victim from further abuse or violence. On top of safety, law enforcement must also provide notice of various rights and, in certain cases, a copy of… Read More »

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What Is A Protective Order For Domestic Violence In Maryland?

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Protective orders in Maryland are legal devices employed to protect victims of domestic violence from further abuse. These orders empower the state courts to take legal action and, ideally, prevent the abuser from inflicting further harm. When there is a likelihood of past or future abuse, a domestic violence victim may obtain an interim,… Read More »

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Woman Sentenced In Maryland For Interstate Domestic Violence

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A U.S. federal judge in Maryland recently sentenced a Florida woman to 16 years in federal prison for interstate domestic violence, according to a Department of Justice press release. According to the plea agreement in this case, the Florida woman made contact with a 17-year-old minor female via social media in May 2017. After… Read More »

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How Does Maryland Assist Victims Of Domestic Violence?

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In Maryland and elsewhere, a victim of domestic violence is often stuck between a rock and a hard place. These individuals and their children need to escape abuse. But they do not always have the financial means to do so. To help address this unfortunate outcome, Maryland created a program to help victims of… Read More »

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Maryland Domestic Violence Laws On Removal Or Surrender Of Firearms

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Domestic violence is a form of abuse under Maryland law where the abuser and the victim share a personal relationship. In these cases, the presence of any firearm can exacerbate an already strained situation. Accordingly, Maryland law enables the removal or surrender of firearms in domestic violence cases. Removing Firearm from Domestic Violence Scene… Read More »

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Emergency Custody Orders For Maryland Domestic Violence

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In cases of domestic violence or child abuse, the Maryland courts may issue an emergency custody order. These emergency orders are reserved for extraordinary situations, usually to prevent abuse or threats of abuse. Depending on the circumstances, emergency custody orders can be temporary or permanent. But before progressing any further, it will be helpful… Read More »

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Overview Of Domestic Violence Fatality Review Teams In Maryland

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The State of Maryland recognizes the inherent danger of domestic violence situations, particularly as these cases often occur in the privacy of a family home. In addressing this harsh reality, the Maryland General Assembly created the domestic violence fatality review teams. These local teams exist on a county-by-county basis, working to help prevent deaths… Read More »

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Police Duties & Victim Rights For Domestic Violence In Maryland

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When domestic violence occurs under Maryland law, there are required duties for any law enforcement officer involved. There are also rights afforded to the victim in these situations. But before delving into the specifics of these rights and duties, it will be helpful to review both sets of legal requirements for domestic violence in… Read More »

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What Is The Victims Of Domestic Violence Program In Maryland?

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The victims of domestic violence in Maryland and elsewhere have historically suffered from a lack of protective and supportive services. To address this unfortunate reality, the Maryland General Assembly created the Victims of Domestic Violence Program. Featuring a multifaceted purpose, the Program helps provide support to victims of domestic violence and safeguard them from… Read More »

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When Does Maryland Shield Court Records Of Domestic Violence Cases?

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When the Maryland courts deny or dismiss a request for a protective order in an alleged domestic violence case, it is possible to shield the records related to that proceeding. These shielded records are not publicly available. Only certain individuals with a legitimate reason may access these records. What Does it Mean to Shield… Read More »

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