Three Key Differences between Protective Orders and Peace Orders in Maryland

Protective and Peace orders are similar in that they both are judicial orders that can be put in place preventing an abused from further contact with a victim. How do you know if your situation involves a protective order or a peace order, and what are the differences between them? Here are the three primary differences:

1. Peace orders are for strangers; Protective orders for family
The relationship between the abuser and the victim determines whether there should be a protective order or a peace order in place. A protective order is for people who are married (or were married), have a child together, are related by blood, or are in an intimate relationship. A peace order covers all other relationships–friends, acquaintances, strangers, coworkers, etc.

2. Peace orders cover a broader range of abusive acts
Assault of any kind, sexual assault, false imprisonment, and stalking are grounds to obtain both protective orders and peace orders. In addition, peace orders can be obtained by a showing of harassment, trespassing, or malicious destruction of property.

3. Length of time

A protective order can be put in place for up to twelve (12) months, and can be extended for an additional six (6) months after a further hearing. If the abuser violates the terms of the protective order a Judge can extend the order up to two (2) years.

A peace order can only be put in place for a maximum of six (6) months.

To learn more about protective and peace orders, contact the Law Offices of Christopher L. Peretti at 301-875-3472 today. Our office handles clients who have been accused of abuse and also victims of abuse. No matter what side of a protective or peace order you are on, we can help you obtain the relief you seek.

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