Maryland’s state legislature is currently considering two bills that would make domestic violence a crime separate from other assaults, according to a recent article in The Maryland Gazette. A separate domestic violence charge would allow the state to keep better track of domestic violence and abuse statistics and make it easier to punish repeat offenders with increasingly severe penalties, according to lawmakers.
The bills – one in each chamber of the legislature – follow actions by Maryland counties to distinguish and track domestic violence occurrences. In particular, Prince George’s County recently established a system of protective orders for domestic violence cases.
The new bill would add Maryland to the list of 41 U.S. states that already treat domestic violence as a separate offense from simple assault. Maryland’s law would also require certain penalties for those convicted of more than one incident of domestic violence. This bill proposes a sentence of up to 10 years in prison for a domestic violence conviction, plus an additional thirty days for each conviction after the first.
Like many violent crimes, the penalties for assault in Maryland can be severe, especially if you have already received one or more criminal convictions in the past. If you have been charged with assault in Maryland, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Maryland criminal defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer. We will examine your case carefully and fight for the best possible outcome. Call 866-444-6363 today to schedule a free and confidential consultation.