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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury for Maryland on
Q: Protected Order filed with the Commissioner for Criminal Assault should evidence be filed with the Commissioner also?

How is evidence filed in an assuialt?

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Aug 3, 2022

There are two things that can be done. First, the Petitioner can file for a Protective Order. If the Commissioner finds that an Order of Protection should be granted, that an interim Order is passed. There is then an ex parte hearing before a judge within a day or two and the judge decides whether... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Domestic Violence for Maryland on
Q: How does a motion for reconsideration work?

In April I went to court with my ex for him assaulting me. He took a plea deal and is serving 18 months. I noticed that he filed for a motion for reconsideration. Some context- he was already on probation for felony assault when he was charged with assaulting me. Before trial, he was MIA from his... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jul 17, 2022

He may be seeking to reduce his sentence, or where he is serving the sentence (like a prerelease work facility) but what exactly he is seeking to modify can only be known by reading the motion. It is impossible to guess when or whether a judge would reconsider the sentence imposed after already... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Maryland on
Q: Can you get in trouble for being with one another

It's a second degree assult case where my boyfriend and I were fighting police got involved and he got arrested the judge told him he wasn't allowed to contact me but I have contacted him can he get arrested if we get back together since I contacted him not vise versa

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on May 17, 2022

Yes, he is violating a condition of his release on bond by having contact wth you. It does not matter that you are the one who initiated the contact. Of course, the police likely have no way to know about any contact, until the two of you get into another fight and police are called again, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Maryland on
Q: Habeas corpus. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? What can I do to help him?

My fiancé has an open case from a few months ago regarding a dispute between us. He had a no contact order in place, which we BOTH broke. He was arrested the other day and has had 2 bail hearing since then where he is being kept without bail, and commitment pending hearing. His public defender has... Read more »

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Apr 21, 2022

If bail is denied, a defendant can file for a writ of habeas corpus asking in the Circuit Court that he be released until trial. If it is granted, he would be released from jail until the trial date.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Maryland on
Q: do I have to go to my preliminary trial?

My lawyer is saying the state's attorney is reducing my charges. He is saying I do not have to go to my preliminary hearing now. He said the State’s attorney’s office said we should not go – which is the usual course of action when there is a reduction. I just wanted to make sure this is... Read more »

Lee Eidelberg
Lee Eidelberg
answered on Jan 13, 2022

You were not scheduled for a preliminary trial. You were scheduling for a preliminary hearing to determine if probable cause existed to charge you with a felony, presumably 1st degree assault. The State evidently determined that insufficient evidence existed for the felony count and the formal... Read more »

Q: Hello, I need to write an acknowledgement to the state of Maryland courts. I am not contesting to the charges

Of second degree assault against my finance. We both have one charge each against each other and didn't want to press charges but state automatically picked it up. I need to make sure I am writing the correct document that I need to have notarized and gives you the state's attorney

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Dec 25, 2021

Stop. Do not do whatever it is you are thinking of doing. Hire a criminal defense attorney before you do something truly foolish and irreversibly ruin your record and damage your career and prospects.

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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Maryland on
Q: I violated my probation on a no contact it is one of the conditions for probation.. the victim made a complaint will the

Police but no charges..the officer called my PO and told her I was in contact with victim.. so my question is is this a technical since it was a condition on my probation also will the victim be at my hearing he only made a complaint he did not press any charges

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Nov 1, 2021

It's not a "technical" violation, like failing to pay a monthly supervision fee, but a violation of a special term of probation. Whether the PO will be able to prove the violation without the victim present to testify is another matter. Repeating hearsay phone calls from a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Civil Litigation and Domestic Violence for Maryland on
Q: . He's had 3 attys . They asked to be striken. He won't cooperate ,md court , what does plaintiff's exhibit mean

We have many assets . 3 businesses.a classic car collection. Ect. He's failed to put in discovery

My atty has asked for 2nd motion for sanctions

What's this mean

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 23, 2021

Ask your lawyer. This is what you are paying for: legal advice and counseling.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Maryland on
Q: I am in Rockville MD. I am on "Pre-Trial", Electronic monitoring ankle bracelet. I have nothing to show I flight risk.

I have been on an Ankle Monitor since this whole thing started. On Tuesday of next week, it will be 90 days. The Maximum sentence for my charge is 90 Days. The Maryland Governor has lifted all the COVID restrictions. I still don't have a Court date. I'm filling a motion with the... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 9, 2021

If you have money to pay a lawyer, a motion can be filed to modify the terms of bond. You have not been subjected to cruel and unusual punishment under the Constitution, nor double jeopardy. An argument can be made that the ankle monitor, if your freedom of free movement has been restricted, is the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Maryland on
Q: I’m subpoena to court as a witness for domestic violence case I don’t want to testify

How can I get out of it I’m the victim

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 3, 2021

If you are married to the defendant, you can assert your spousal privilege not to testify against your souse. It must be asserted in person at court, and you must tell the prosecutor of your intentions, and they will have you state in open court before the judge that you are asserting the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for Maryland on
Q: Can a defendant be charged in the jurisdiction they live in if an offense was committed in a different jurisdiction?

The defendant lives in one county and the offense was committed in a different county.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Aug 4, 2021

No, the prosecution must take place in the jurisdiction where the crime was committed, unless a change of venue is granted because pretrial publicity prevents the empanelment of a fair jury, or for some other compelling reason.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Maryland on
Q: How does a jury trial go for a violation of protection order? What happens as far as deals or will the case go to trial?

Will the state spend money on a jury trial for this type of case? Is it worth it?

Eric Todd Kirk
Eric Todd Kirk
answered on Apr 12, 2021

The State absolutely spends money on these cases. A first violation has a maximum of 90 days. There is a one-year sentence possible for subsequent violations. It's impossible to gauge how a trial may go without knowledge of the facts of the alleged violation. You should meet with a lawyer in a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Maryland on
Q: Is the prosecution case strong if someone violated a protective order but you can’t see who it is in the video evidence?

The video has no time stamp to prove where it happened, date or time and there are witnesses saying that the accused is guilty because they seen the person at the said time.

Eric Todd Kirk
Eric Todd Kirk
answered on Apr 11, 2021

That seems like a remarkably strong case. Eyewitness testimony from multiple sources placing an individual at a scene- presumably where they are not supposed to be- corroborated by video evidence.

3 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Maryland on
Q: If granted sole physical and legal custody, what rights do I have? If the order has Contradictions.

I have a PL order that grants me sole legal and residential custody but the custodial time given to my spouse is very liberal. It also contradicts the fact that I am the one with sole legal custody. The order states that our daughter will participate in extracurricular activities and gives him the... Read more »

Timothy E. Howie
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Timothy E. Howie
answered on Mar 1, 2021

A pendente lite order is a temporary order that, generally, remains in effect until the actual trial. I suspect that you have an actual trial scheduled for June. If you feel that there is a sufficient reason for the court to reconsider the issue of custody after the pendente lite order but before... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Maryland on
Q: as respondent i have not been served. If there is a order in place can they proceed with final protective order ?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Dec 19, 2020

You need to be served, one way or another. The judge can extend the interim PO until you are served, postponing the final hearing. If you are deemed to be actively evading service, a judge may make that determination and order service by alternative means and issue a final order, but that... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for Maryland on
Q: Hi, My final protective order was dismissed. Will shielding hide the interm and temporary RO too?

I was granted an interm and a temporary restraining order against my sister-in-law, but the final protective order was dismissed b/c all of my evidence came from my brother-in-law’s phone and he was not present at the hearing (he had given me copies of all of the texts and voicemails).

If... Read more »

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
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Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
answered on Sep 18, 2020

It will hide the entire record from public view. Once the final is denied, the temp and interim do not matter. They are expired. If you believe that you have reason to contest, then yes.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Domestic Violence and Probate for Maryland on
Q: If someone is under legal adult guardianship in one state and living in another, which state do I contact APS in?

If I need to contact Adult Protective Services for someone in an abusive adult guardianship situation, should I be contacting them in the state the person is living in or in the state of jurisdiction for the guardianship?

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
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Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
answered on Aug 30, 2020

To be safe, I think you should contact both. There is no penalty for doing so. Especially if you believe that this person is being abused in some way.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Maryland on
Q: Ex husband was arrested a year ago for a domestic Violence charge. Charges were dropped and dismissed. Now he wants to

Regain his job as a police officer and wants me to recant my statement. If I do recant my statement what can happen?

Eric Todd Kirk
Eric Todd Kirk
answered on Aug 26, 2020

Potential criminal charges in this situation would involve giving a false statement to a police officer, obstruction of justice and perhaps perjury depending on the context.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Maryland on
Q: served a restraining order that is completely false and I was kicked from my apt

Hello I was just served a restraining order that is completely false and I was kicked from my home is it possible to get it overturned and the other person removed from the home ?

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
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Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
answered on Aug 8, 2020

It is unclear based on the facts whether you can have the person removed from the home. However, to get a protective order dismissed against you, you will have to gather evidence and present both tangible (if available) and testimonial evidence of what happened at the protective order hearing. I do... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Family Law for Maryland on
Q: What happens if both you and your abuser file restraining orders

My spouse/ abuser filed a restraining order before I had a chance to

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
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Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
answered on Aug 4, 2020

There will be a protective order hearing where the person who filed will have to present their case and the person accused will have an opportunity to defend him/herself.

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