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Helping Individuals in Portland Defend against a Pending Domestic Violence Charge

Assault and domestic violence are two of the many serious criminal charges that an individual could face in Portland. Along with carrying significant penalties upon conviction, these offenses could lead to long-term consequences that could impact where you live, where you go to school and the people with whom you can associate. 

If you are facing criminal charges for assault or domestic violence, the experienced Portland domestic violence lawyers at The Maine Criminal Defense Group could assist you with your legal matter and help you defend against your charge. In the alternative, we could assist you with negotiating a favorable plea deal with the prosecution in your case and/or argue for a much lighter penalty if convicted. Please contact us online today to learn more about how we could assist you throughout every aspect of your pending criminal case. 

Defining against Domestic Violence Charges in Maine 

In the State of Maine, domestic violence simply refers to an assault that occurs between members of a particular family or household. Specifically, the assault could involve any of the following individuals:

  • Former or current spouses
  • Current or former sexual partners
  • Current or former domestic partners
  • Minor children who reside in the same physical location as the offending adult
  • Individuals who currently or previously resided together
  • Adult members of a household who share a blood relationship
  • Individuals who are the same child’s natural parents

In order for a person to be found guilty or convicted of an assault crime, the accused must have knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly brought about an offensive physical contact with another individual – or some bodily injury to another individual. A separate charge exists when the accused is at least 18 years of age and is accused of knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly causing bodily injury to a child who is under six years of age. 

Protective Orders

In Portland domestic violence cases, an individual may petition the court for a protective order that the judge may or may not grant. Protective orders can severely limit the accused’s activities and may prevent the accused from seeing his or her spouse or children. Generally speaking, protective orders can:

  • Prevent the accused from contacting the alleged victim in-person, as well as via the internet, text messaging or calling
  • Prevent the accused from going to the alleged victim’s workplace or place of business
  • Prevent the accused from going to the alleged victim’s home (i.e., without a police escort accompanying him or her)
  • Prevent the accused from contacting the couple’s children (especially in cases where one or more of the children is the target of the alleged abuse)

Call a Portland Domestic Violence Lawyer Today 

Protective orders and domestic violence convictions can have a serious and long-term impact on your freedom and on your quality of life as a whole. If you have been charged with a crime of domestic violence, the experienced attorneys at The Maine Criminal Defense Group may be able to assist. To schedule a case evaluation and legal consultation with a Portland domestic violence attorney, please contact us online to learn more about how we could help.

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