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Police officer arrested on domestic violence charges

As scary as it may sound, anyone can fall victim to domestic violence. Those who seem calm and even those who are in a position to protect and serve can become enraged, placing other individuals at risk of serious harm. This happened recently when a six-year veteran of a police force was arrested and charged with assault, criminal restraint and domestic battery. The charges stem from a domestic abuse call which later led to a stand-off. There is no word yet as to the condition of the victim.

One who feels as if she is in danger of immediate harm should call 911 as soon as possible. This is the fastest way to obtain protection from someone who may cause an individual harm. Afterwards, a Maryland resident can go to their local courthouse and seek a Temporary Protective Order, which may be obtained at any time.

Within seven days of receiving a Temporary Protective Order, a hearing will be held where a judge will make a determination regarding a permanent protection order. If one is granted, then the accused abuser must stay away from the victim and perhaps any children shared by the parties involved. This may mean the alleged abuser will have to move out of a home shared by the parties.

Domestic violence is a serious crime, and those who suffer from it should seek immediate help. A Maryland attorney with experience handling these types of cases can assist an abuse victim in seeking the protection she deserves. This may include legal document filings and court representation. In addition, a competent attorney may discuss with the victim how protection order determinations may affect divorce issues, including child custody.

When arguments get heated and turn physical, the police should be contacted immediately. Then, more permanent protection should be sought through the legal system. With her life at stake, a domestic violence victim cannot afford to forego help.

Source: KCTV 5, "Johnson County sheriff's deputy charged in domestic violence case," Laura McCallister, Dec. 6, 2013

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