Criminal Lawyer

Domestic Violence Lawyer


Domestic Violence is a crime in Maryland usually charged as Assault.

Bowie domestic violence, criminal defense lawyer, Maria Patterson, handles criminal domestic violence matters in Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Calvert, Charles, and Howard Counties.   Typically, the elements necessary to prove the crime of assault are sufficient to obtain a Protective Order or a Peace Order against the abuser.

Judges can be skeptical of Protective Order filings if the parties are going through a separation and/or divorce.

Protective Orders are not to be used as a tool to manipulate or fast track divorce proceedings.

Abuse includes any of the following acts:

  • An act that inflicts serious bodily harm
  • An act that places a person in fear of imminent serious bodily harm;
  • Assault;
  • Rape, attempted rape, certain designated sexual offenses and the attempt of such a sexual offense;
  • False imprisonment;
  • Stalking

Family law matters are often vigorously contested and charges of assault and similar criminal charges are often leveled while divorce proceedings are pending.  Bowie domestic violence lawyer, Maria Patterson, is experienced at handling criminal matters with their genesis in family disputes.  She has worked closely with family law lawyers to minimize the impact of criminal charges on pending divorce and child custody matters.  Please call Bowie domestic violence lawyer, Maria Patterson, at 301-383-1525 to schedule a meeting with her at the Bowie office of Patterson Law, LLC.

Family law matters are often vigorously contested and charges of assault and similar criminal charges are often leveled while divorce proceedings are pending.  Bowie domestic violence lawyer, Maria Patterson, is experienced at handling criminal matters with their genesis in family disputes.  She has worked closely with family law lawyers to minimize the impact of criminal charges on pending divorce and child custody matters.  Please call Bowie domestic violence lawyer, Maria Patterson, at 301-383-1522 to schedule a meeting with her at the Bowie office of Patterson Law, LLC.

Peace Orders can be obtained for up to 6 (Six) months and the event giving rise to the Peace Order must have occurred within the last 30 days from the filing date.

The second requirement for a Peace Order is that the alleged actions are likely to continue to occur.  If someone is moving, this element is not met.

The Bowie domestic violence lawyers at Patterson Law serve clients in Prince George’s, Montgomery, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, Howard, Anne Arundel, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties. Our clients are from Silver Spring, Forestville, Suitland, College Park, Waldorf, Oxon Hill, Upper Marlboro, Bowie, Olney, Prince Frederick, Brandywine, Leonardtown, Mayo, Annapolis, Lexington Park, Columbia, Mayo, Davidsonville, Edgewater, Rockville, Bethesda, Solomons, Huntingtown, Chevy Chase, Owings, Germantown, Oxon Hill, Beltsville, Deale, Severna Park, Largo, Crofton, Columbia and La Plata.

Maria Patterson represented me in a criminal defense, domestic matter… She not only approached my case with tact and professionalism, but she proved herself to be a subject matter expert as well.

Criminal Defense/ Domestic Violence client

In recognition of Maria's preparation, persistence and personality, the false claims were dropped and the case against me was dismissed!!

Domestic Violence client

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Patterson Law takes pride with every client that recovers. Recovery is more than the settlements and verdicts obtained for our clients. Each and every one of these clients had been shepherded through a process where powerful insurance companies fought to defeat or minimize their claims. Each result represents a client’s dignity being affirmed.

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Maria Patterson has been litigating for 20 years.  She has tried over 100 jury trials and hundreds of bench trials.  Currently, she is accepting clients in all areas but concentrates in criminal defense, domestic violence, and personal injury.  Maria has been selected as a Top 100 "Super Lawyer" in Maryland, and a Top 50 Women "Super Lawyer" in Maryland.  Since 2014, she has been recognized as a "Super Lawyer" and as a "Top 100 Trial Lawyer" by The National Trial Lawyers.  She has been nominated as one of the "10 Best" Attorneys in client satisfaction for the State of Maryland by the American Institute of Criminal Defense Attorneys.  If you are in need of legal representation and want an attorney who has a tremendous amount of compassion and trial experience, please contact Ms. Patterson at 301-383-0212 to schedule a consultation at Patterson Law, LLC in Bowie, Maryland in Prince George's County. Patterson Law, LLC is located on Melford Boulevard, which is an exit off of the intersection of Route 50 and Route 301.

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