Domestic violence laws differ from state to state, and Maryland is no different. The People’s Law Library of Maryland notes that the statute of limitations for battery or assault charges, both of which may occur with a domestic violence charge, vary from one to three years, depending on the type of charge incurred.
If you stand accused of domestic violence in Maryland, understanding the legal statutes may help you not only plan your legal defense but understand your options and which actions you can take to protect yourself.
If you have an assault charge connected with domestic violence, then this means the accuser felt that he or she felt immediately threatened and feared bodily harm. According to Maryland statutes, those who want to file such charges have up to one year to do so from the date the offense allegedly occurred.
Battery, which usually relates to assault and is sometimes included in an assault charge, refers to the actual physical cause of bodily harm to another individual. This can include hitting with fists or objects or any other action that may result in pain or bodily injury. Maryland statutes allow the accuser to file charges for up to three years. However, the accuser must also file these charges in a timely manner if he or she wishes the case to move forward.
Having domestic violence charges pressed against you can result in a great deal of anxiety and confusion. Remember that your accuser can file each charge separately or together depending on the circumstances of the incident and he or she must follow Maryland statutes when filing.