Harassed or abused, peace orders protect against harmful acts.
How to get a peace order: Your step-by-step guide.
Peace Orders Protect Against Stranger Danger
Exactly like a protective order. Only protects people fearful of harm from someone other than a spouse. The old saying, “Stranger Danger,” well a peace order is that version of a restraining order in Maryland.
The fear of harm does not need to come from a stranger. People known can also have a peace order taken out against them.
Someone may have a peace order filed against them when fear of harm from them is reasonable.
One thing to keep in mind, a peace order needs to get filed within 30 days of an alleged harmful act. Protective orders get filed any time after a harmful act. The accuser also needs to show the act is likely to happen again.
Quick action is necessary to get a peace order against another.
Peace orders get harassing phone calls, texts, and threats of abuse to stop. Also, they provide stay away orders preventing the suspect from encountering the accuser.
Allegations of harm will not grant a peace order. Whoever files will need to prove at a hearing in court that a harmful act occurred. So, what acts prove a need for a peace order?
Step two, file the petition at the local district courthouse. If filed after business hours an interim peace order may get granted. That order lasts until the temporary hearing. (Maryland District Court directory)
Step three, appear for the temporary hearing. The hearing happens after filing, so stick around.
A family lawyer does not need to file the petition or be present for the hearings. Getting a peace order does not need legal counsel.
Yet, having an unbiased and cooler head talk on your behalf in front of a judge, will go a long way in getting a peace order. Emotions are high and a lawyer is not involved with those emotions. Allowing for a rational argument in front of a judge.