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Easton man arrested for domestic violence

Recently, a 33-year-old Easton man was arrested after police allegedly found him choking his victim, a 38-year-old woman. The man was arrested and was charged with 2nd degree assault. He is currently being held on a bond of $7,500.

Domestic violence is a very serious and pervasive problem in the state of Maryland. As we have reported in previous blogs, any victim of domestic violence should immediately notify law enforcement as soon as an incident occurs. They can also seek an order for protection in civil court. In Maryland, victims of domestic abuse are entitled to an automatic temporary protective order as soon as danger becomes apparent. This type of order can be obtained in Maryland at any time on any day of the week.

Unlike many legal proceedings, domestic violence allegations trigger a very swift legal process. A final hearing will occur within a week of when the temporary order is granted. In addition to determining whether to extend the temporary protective order, the judge at that hearing may also address issues involving child custody and all of the issues surrounding the children such as a visitation schedule, order temporary child support payments or order temporary spousal support payments.

In many cases, domestic violence situations are solved through divorce or child custody litigation. It is unknown whether the man accused of domestic abuse in this incident was married to the victim. People do not have to be married to report domestic abuse. Domestic violence can occur in all types of relationships. While a childless, unmarried person looking to exit an abusive situation may not have to go through the legalities of divorce, it may still be necessary to get an order of protection.

Source: wmdt.com, "Domestic Disturbance Lands One Behind Bars" , Leanne Murray, Sept. 24, 2012

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