Have you or your loved one been charged with a domestically related second-degree assault in Howard County? Was it a domestic dispute with minor injuries? Is the complaining witness most likely willing to assert their marital privilege and not testify?
If so, how do prosecutors typically handle these cases?
While there are no guarantees, if the complaining witness wants to assert their marital privilege, then the State’s Attorney’s Office may choose to decline to prosecute the case even if there is other admissible evidence. It depends on each case and the situation.
As a former prosecutor, our office knows that prosecutors who handle domestic violence cases generally prefer marital invocations because it prevents the complaining witness from ever asserting the privilege again.
Depending on if you or your spouse wants to use their marital privilege, your criminal defense lawyer may be able to persuade the prosecutor to offer you a STET. The STET, or inactive docket, would likely include marriage counseling.
Typically, the counseling is a 26-week program at a place called Hope Works. Hope Works is a domestic violence advocacy organization located in Howard County.
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Understanding all of the legalities in a situation like this is very important, and we are here to help you. We know you have many questions regarding a case like this such as court fines, maximum sentences, and fines. At our office we can help with any type of criminal assault case you have been charged with in Columbia, Maryland. With a phone call and a free consultation, we can further discuss how we can help.
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