Baltimore County leaders, including officials from the Baltimore County Police Department and the county health department, warned MD residents that the holidays can bring an increase of domestic violence cases. According to ABC 2, County leaders stated that the increased stress that accompanies the holiday season can serve as a catalyst for domestic violence, citing a particularly heinous 1999 crime to reinforce their point. The two children of an MD woman were shot and killed by her abusive husband in Ocean City, shocking the entire state.
Though the woman’s story is horrifying, it serves as a reminder that violent crimes often happen with people the victim knows and may love or care about. The county health department in Baltimore explains that the increase in domestic violence can be attributed to the “too much syndrome,” meaning that during the holiday season there is too much drinking, eating, arguing, or drugs. Any of these, combined with holiday stress, can be a dangerous combination for victims currently in an abusive relationship. Area domestic violence shelters may also see an increase in domestic violence victims fleeing their unsafe and possibly life-threatening situations at home.
Penalties for domestic violence in the state of Maryland are similar to the crime of assault; if served a protective order or restraining order and there is a failure to comply or a violation of the order, the maximum penalty is 90 days in jail. A second offense will come with a maximum of one year in jail. A failure to comply with a peace order, or a violation of this order, may also give the offender a maximum of 90 days in jail.
Being convicted of the crime of domestic violence in Maryland can bring harsh penalties and a negative stigma that can haunt a person for the rest of his or her life. If you have been charged with the crime of domestic violence, an experienced Bethesda domestic abuse defense attorney with the law firm of Alpert Schreyer can help you obtain the best possible outcome in your case. For a free consultation and review of your case, call (866) 444-6363.