Dealing with Protective Orders Criminal Charges and Divorce in Maryland

Thank you for joining me today my name is LaSheena Williams and I am a Maryland family law attorney. My firm helps our clients take control of out of control domestic situations.

Today we will be discussing divorce, protective orders, and criminal matters in Maryland.

Dealing with a Divorce, Protective Order, and a Criminal Case

While one family law issue may be a good reason to seek an attorney, if you have multiple litigation issues pending at the same time, it’s important that you speak with an attorney to understand how all of those issues can impact each other.

Impact of Protective Order on Divorce

If you are currently going through a divorce or child custody matter and you have had a protective order entered against you or your co-parent, it’s important to understand that a Circuit Court judge may take the facts that led up to that protective order into consideration when making a custody or divorce determination. If you’re having a divorce the impact of the protective order may impact your alimony award, it may impact a child custody award, and it may impact a monetary award, if those issues are pending and the court finds that a lot of the problems that arose out of the marriage resulted from you or your spouse’s abusive conduct.

Impact of Protective Order on a Criminal Case

It’s important to understand that if you have a protective order proceeding while you have criminal litigation pending that transcript from your protective order hearing may be used against you in your criminal proceeding. We strongly recommend that if you have a criminal and protective order proceeding pending at the same time that you speak with an attorney.

Impact of Marriage on a Criminal Case

If you’re married and you have a criminal case pending it’s important to understand that you have a privilege that you can assert during your criminal case. You can assert a spousal privilege, that means that you will not be required to testify in your criminal case against your spouse, if certain requirements are met. Again we suggest that you speak with and consult with an attorney before making any determinations on this type of issue.

Other Considerations

It’s important to speak with an attorney if you have multiple issues pending at the same time. It’s very hard to understand how each individual case can impact the other cases and without consulting with an attorney you may inadvertently cause more problems than you really would prefer for you and your family.

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Contact the Law Office of LaSheena Williams today to learn more about how we can help support you with your Maryland family law matter.

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