Maryland Restraining Order Attorney
Maryland law defines domestic abuse as any time a family or household member commits one of the following against you:
- Assault (physical attack)
- An act that places you in fear of immediate serious bodily harm or actually causes you serious bodily harm
- Attempted or actual rape or sexual offense
- False imprisonment
Protective Orders And Peace Orders
Maryland has two sets of orders, protective orders, which are for married couples or couples with children, and peace orders, which are for couples who are involved but who do not live together. The purpose of the two kinds of orders, however, is the same: to keep the alleged abuser away.
Both sets of orders are effective for a specific period of time: interim protective orders, for emergency situations; temporary protective orders, for seven days; and final protective orders, which typically last for one year.
Any of these can order the abuser:
- To not abuse or threaten to abuse you, or anyone else named in the order
- To not contact, try to contact, or harass you or anyone else named in the order
- To not enter your home
- To stay away from family members' workplace, school, temporary residence (like a shelter) or other family members' homes
- To move out of the house
You can even order the abuser to remand any pet owned by you or the respondent into your custody. There are many other things protective orders can do, which the lawyers at RGPH will be happy to explain to you.
Violation of an order is considered contempt of court. Depending on the nature of the violation, offenders can be made to do community service, pay fines and/or serve time in jail.
- 24-hour hotline: 240-893-RGPH (240-893-7474)
- Local office number: 301-850-7349
- Toll-free number: 800-237-3137