What is a peace order?
A peace order is similar to a protective order. The main difference is that a peace order involves individuals who are not part of a family situation. As an example, if unrelated neighbors wanted protection from one another, they would need to request a peace order.
How do I request a protective order?
In order to apply for a protective order, a person may go to any courthouse during regular business hours and file a request for a protective order. Or the person may contact the District Court Commissioner, which is available 24/7.
Any protective order obtained immediately upon application will be an “interim” or “temporary” protective order only, which lasts up to only one week. At the end of such week, a final protective order hearing will occur at which a judge will hear from both parties and will decide to either grant or deny the request for a final protective order. If it grants the request, then the protective order will last for up to one year.
Protective orders can be complicated.
The protective order process can be complicated. Effectively navigating through a protective order case requires an intimate knowledge of court rules and procedure and the ability to make a persuasive case to the court. It also requires the ability to foresee the possible effect of a protective order on a future divorce or custody case. An experienced divorce attorney is usually necessary.
Contact Patrick Crawford today.
Regardless of how complex your protective order case is, Patrick is ready and eager to provide you with aggressive and personalized representation. The experienced Protective Orders Lawyers in Annapolis will discuss your case with you and work tirelessly to secure a favorable outcome.