Seeking a Peace or Protective Order?

Has someone unjustly sought to get a peace or protective order against you?

Obtaining a peace order or protection order from a District Court judge, District Court commissioner, or Circuit Court judge can be guided through by us. However, those who have become involved in the procedure for a peace order or protective order should be aware of the legal pitfalls they can encounter as well as the impact these orders may have on their immigration status or their top secret and secret security clearances.

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Peace Orders and Protective Orders For Beltsville MD

What are Peace Orders and Protective Orders in Maryland?

For your own safety and peace of mind, you might require a restraining order if you reside in Beltsville and are being harassed or threatened by a friend, acquaintance, neighbor, or even a complete stranger. A peace order is a sort of restraining order that tells someone who is not connected to you or a household member to leave you alone. The party requesting the order is referred to as the “petitioner,” and the party receiving the order is referred to as the “respondent.”

A comparable sort of restraining order is a protective order, however this type of restraining order is only given to those who are related to or residing with the petitioner. When a married person or someone in another form of intimate relationship is at issue, protective orders are also applied.

First Steps in the Process

If the court issues a temporary order, it is given to the respondent’s local law enforcement to serve. The order forbids the respondent from getting in touch with or going close to the petitioner once it has been served. A final hearing when both parties can present their arguments in front of the judge who determines the decision is planned for a week later. A final order is made if the judge concludes from clear and persuasive evidence that the respondent assaulted the petitioner or engaged in other unlawful behavior, made threats, stalked or harassed the petitioner, or engaged in any of these actions.


The petitioner must appear in person at the District Court of Maryland, complete and submit a petition, and give a brief oral statement to a judge or a commissioner in order to request a peace order or protection order. The court or commissioner will determine whether or not an order should be granted based on the testimony and any further information offered. You should research the pertinent statutes (laws) (3-1501, Courts and Judicial Proceedings, or 4-501, Family Law Article) before submitting an application for one of these orders to ascertain your eligibility for receiving this kind of order. Additionally, be sure to tell the judge all the specifics of what happened to you. Additionally, confirm that the actions you are protesting happened within the legal time frames for filing: 30 days for peace orders and no set time frame for the majority of protection orders.

Quick Tips

You must provide the judge proof of the type and severity of your injuries if the respondent was responsible for any physical harm. This may contain images, medical records, or other kinds of proof. You should also keep any technological evidence that is pertinent to your case, such as emails, videos, voicemails, and text messages.


Respondents in a peace order or protective order case need to be aware of their rights and responsibilities in these types of situations. You should be aware that the behavior stated in the petition may also subject you to criminal prosecution. If you disobey the order, you might also be charged criminally. If the police attempt to speak with you, they might use whatever details or justifications you provide them as evidence against you in the criminal or restraining order case.

A respondent should be aware of a number of considerations before attempting to handle a peace or protective order on his or her own:

  • Both cases involving peace orders and those involving protective orders must be posted by Maryland courts on the Maryland case search. All cases now underway in Maryland courts are included in a public database called case search;
  • Any security clearance you possess will be impacted if a peace or protective order is filed against you;
  • If you are the respondent in a peace or protective order, landlords in Beltsville could be unwilling to rent to you;
  • Employers in the DC region could be hesitant to give you a job;
  • Banks might decide against giving you credit;
  • Any custody agreement you have with your child could be in jeopardy if you are a participant in a domestic relations dispute;
  • Immigration issues may arise from peace orders;
  • If you later face a criminal prosecution in connection with the peace order or protection order case, the remarks you made will be used against you.

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