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Bethesda Lawyers Handling Order of Protection Issues

As a relationship begins to unravel and tensions rise, arguments – violent and non-violent – sometimes occur.

“There is a misconception that only actual physical violence can be charged or prosecuted. This isn’t true. Emotional abuse or the threat of potential violence can be grounds for charging domestic violence.” — Attorney Shelly McKeon

At The McKeon Law Firm, with offices in Gaithersburg and Bethesda, we have experience representing both men and women in domestic violence cases. Domestic violence is not necessarily strictly between a husband and wife. It can occur between unmarried partners, same sex couples, relatives sharing a home, and unrelated roommates.

Experienced Attorneys for the Accused or Accuser

In our experience, an issue of domestic violence between a married couple is followed by divorce proceedings in about half of the instances. A domestic violence order for protection is sometimes needed during the process of either separation or attempted reconciliation.

According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the statutes in Maryland, domestic violence includes, but is not limited to, the following situations:

  • Emotional abuse — Partner engages in name calling, insults and continual criticism; does not trust you; tries to isolate you from family or friends; monitors your activities; controls your finances or refuses to share money
  • Physical abuse — Partner damages property when angry; you have been pushed, slapped, bitten, choked, punched or kicked; abandons you in a dangerous place, scares you by driving recklessly; threatens you with a weapon; traps you in your home
  • Sexual abuse — Partner accuses you of cheating or exhibits jealousy; has forced or manipulated you into sexual acts; has held you down during sex; demanded sex after beating you; involved other people in sexual activities with you

Removing Fear to Face the Future

At The McKeon Law Firm, we replace fear with knowledge, confidence and the assurance that your divorce is being handled by attorneys with experience. Call our Gaithersburg law firm at either 301-417-9222 or 202-742-1800, or send us an e-mail to schedule an appointment with a lawyer. We look forward to helping you resolve or end your domestic violence situation.

Our offices are conveniently located in Gaithersburg and Bethesda.

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