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Peace Orders

If you are being attacked, harassed or abused by someone you don’t know, getting a peace order could help you reclaim your life. Like a domestic protection order, peace orders can be used to force a person who has been abusive to stay away from you. After the order has been approved, the other party risks hefty fines and/or jail time if he or she does not abide by the terms in the order.

3 Types of Peace Orders

Interim Peace Orders

This is filed at the District Court and goes into effect after the serving of the order by the officer. However, this isn’t effective in the long-term, as one must then apply for a temporary peace order. This type of order expires when the court holds a hearing or the end of the 2nd business day that the court clerk’s office is open after the issuance of the order. The commissioner has the right to decline an interim peace order if you are not able to prove assault or risks involved.

Temporary Peace Orders

This type of order is issued by the court on the same day. The abuser does not have to be present for a temporary peace order to be issued and the order is effective for up to a week. After the expiry of the order, the court holds a hearing to see if a final peace order is required. Additionally, the judge holds the right to extend the duration of temporary peace order for up to 30 days.

Final Peace Orders

This type of order lasts for up to 6 months and can also be extended, if required.

In each case, one has to prove that he or she has been abused, attacked or harassed and that the chances of the abuser doing so again are high. Additionally, if the day of expiry falls on a day when the court is closed, then the order expires the next day.

Obtaining a Peace Order

At Rhodes Law Firm, LLC, we have considerable experience obtaining all types of peace orders, and can use our expertise to illustrate to the court that a peace order is necessary. You may seek a peace order for various offenses committed against you, such as:

  • False imprisonment
  • Assault
  • Harassment
  • Criminal Trespass
  • Stalking
  • Malicious destruction of property

Depending of the seriousness of the offense, you may be able to get a peace order for a period between 90 days and 1 year. However, it is to be noted that the offense must have been committed within 30 days prior to the filing of the petition.

We will walk you through the process of obtaining a peace order, and also collect all necessary evidence on your behalf, which could help the court rule in your favor.

Violation of a Peace Order

Anyone who violates a court-approved peace order in Maryland can be fined up to $1,000 and/or imprisoned for up to 90 days. All subsequent violations include a fine not more than $2,500 and/or imprisonment for up to a year.

Contact Us As Soon As Possible

If you need to obtain a peace order, we can help. Contact us today at (301) 332-4774 for a consultation.