It is not uncommon for people who are victimized by domestic violence to have a criminal record themselves. This is because domestic violence victims are sometimes coerced into committing criminal acts. Other times, this is because the criminal justice system does not react appropriately to a domestic violence call and ends up arresting both the victim and the abuser -- or only the victim -- of committing domestic violence.
What many Maryland residents do not realize is that simply being arrested and being held in custody for a certain amount of time is enough to give them a criminal record. The arrested person does not even have to be charged with a crime -- the arrest will still show up on his or her history (which is easily available for view in online searches). Things get worse, however, when accused individuals are actually charged with a crime.