Maryland domestic violence laws

My wife is filing false domestic violence charges against me. What do I tell the judge at our protective order hearing. I say it's false because we were both being violent. It was mutual. Do I say that we both were fighting or do i just deny it all together?

Laurel, MD -

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Kenneth P Barnhart

Kenneth P Barnhart

Litigation Lawyer - Baltimore, MD

Tell the truth or say nothing. The fact that it was mutual is not enough to defeat a request for a protective order if the violence meets the statutory standard. The mutuality or violence does give you a right to get a protective order against your wife. Consider asking your wife to agree to a mutual stay away order by consent. She gets protection. You get protection. And, there is no court finding of domestic violence (because both parties consented to the order).

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