Woman Cleared of Violation of Protective Order

Criminal Charges Brought for Violation of Protective Order

A 31-year old mother was charged with Violation of Protective Order and Telephone Misuse after her estranged husband claimed she repeatedly called and texted him in violation of an existing order of protection sought by the husband. In many domestic violence and protective order cases, the party who sought the protection order prohibiting all contact later initiates emails, texts, or phone calls. Then, when the person subject to the protective order responds to the contacts, the “victim” seeks criminal charges for violation of protective order. This is an abuse of the legal process and subjects many innocent people to arrest, criminal prosecution, having to post bail, and legal fees for a criminal defense lawyer.

What are the Penalties for Violation of Protective Order in Maryland?

Judges treat violations of protective orders very seriously. A conviction is a misdemeanor. For a first offense, the court can impose a fine up to $1,000.00 and imprisonment up to 90 days, or both.  For a second or subsequent offense, the court can impose a fine up to $2,500.00 and imprisonment up to 1 year, or both.
Charges for Violation of Protective Order Dismissed

In this case, as in many others, telephone records revealed that it was the husband who repeatedly initiated telephone contact with wife, and then engaged in back and forth communications. The case was heard in the District Court for Howard County.  The wife was represented by Columbia criminal defense lawyer and domestic violence attorney Jonathan Scott Smith of the Smith Criminal Defense Firm. Mr. Smith, a former prosecutor, has extensive experience in criminal law. He believes in aggressively defending domestic violence cases. The client refused all plea bargain offers. The prosecutor, after losing another case to Mr. Smith,  dismissed all charges.

Howard County Criminal Defense Attorney

Mr. Smith is a top rated attorney and former prosecutor with more than 30 years of extensive trial experience. Attorney Smith has handled thousands of criminal cases in the local courts, including numerous violation of protective order charges. With a solid and longstanding reputation for personal service and thorough preparation, we get many of our new cases as referrals from existing or former clients, or from other attorneys. Mr. Smith fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him.

Top Rated Columbia and Ellicott City Criminal Lawyer

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful results in violation of protective order and other criminal cases— has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition. Attorney Smith is considered to be one of the best criminal lawyers in Howard County.

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Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents clients in violation of protective order, other criminal defense matters, DUI / DWI, MVA Hearings, traffic offensesdomestic violence and child abuse charges throughout Maryland, including the cities of Columbia, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster, and Baltimore. Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.


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