An indictment for domestic violence can change your life forever. Even if you are not convicted, a domestic violence charge can leave a lasting stain on your reputation. And if you are charged and convicted, the legal and personal consequences can be far-reaching.
Here are two mistakes you need to steer clear of if you are charged with domestic violence in Maryland.
Contacting your accuser
You might be convinced that you can mend things by talking it over. However, this can be a huge mistake.
Whether through a phone call, text, proxy or in-person, contacting your accuser could amount to a violation of the protection order. If you disregard a protection order, you could be charged with contempt of court. Thus, besides the original domestic violence charge, you will also face an additional charge. And this will only compound your legal problems.
Discussing your case with others
You are worried, scared and, perhaps, frustrated. And this is understandable. However, discussing a matter that is before the court of law with anyone other than your legal counsel can be a huge mistake. And this includes talking about the case on your social media profiles as well. Do keep in mind that your conversation with private individuals is not privileged information. Anything you say (both online and offline) might end up being used as evidence against you.
If you are charged with domestic violence, it is in your best interest that you explore your defense options as soon as you possibly can. You cannot afford to make mistakes in such a sensitive situation.