The state of Maryland takes domestic violence matters very seriously, as these situations happen all too often. Domestic violence can encompass a wide range of acts between family members, as well as between household members who are not related. Some of the acts that are considered domestic abuse in Maryland include assault, rape or sexual assault, any act that puts the victim in fear of imminent serious bodily harm, false imprisonment, and kidnapping. If you have been accused of committing an act of domestic violence and an order is placed against you, it is important for you to understand what your restrictions are. Maryland offers two types of civil relief to those who are being abused by another.
A protective order can be issued by the court if the victim has a personal relationship with their alleged abuser. The court will typically issue an Interim or Temporary Protective Order first and then may issue a Final Protective Order after that, if necessary. A protective order can require the abuser to remain away from the Petitioner’s home, school, and place of employment. The relationships that may require a protective order can include any of the following:
- People who have a child together
- People who have had a sexual relationship within one year of filing for protection
- Current spouses
- Former spouses
- People who have lived together and were in an intimate relationship for at least 90 days throughout the last year
- People who are related by blood, marriage, or adoption
- Relationships between a parent and child or a step-parent and child (this also requires a 90-day residency over the last year)
A peace order is somewhat different from a protective order because the relationship between the two parties is different. A peace order will be issued if abuse is occurring from a stranger or a neighbor. The abuser will not be permitted to contact or harass the victim in any way. A peace order can also be interim, temporary or final, depending on the court’s decision.
If you have questions about a protection order or you have been accused of domestic violence, it is important to speak with an attorney. Contact our firm today.
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