Peace and Protective Orders in Owings Mills, MD

We Make Getting a Protective Order Less Stressful

Getting a restraining order isn’t something we often think about until we’re deeply embroiled in a scary situation. But when the need arises, the Law Office of Kent L. Greenberg is here to help you file a peace or protective order. Over the last 30 years, we’ve helped countless people in Owings Mills, MD and beyond. We’ll work with you to get a protective order for domestic violence or a peace order against a neighbor. Learn more about how to get a restraining order and whether it’s the right option for you.

What Are Peace and Protective Orders?

Peace and protective orders are both types of restraining orders that require designated individuals to stay away from the person filing. Here’s a quick overview of each type of order:

  • Peace Orders: Peace orders are filed against an individual who does not live with the petitioner (person seeking the order). These could be acquaintances, neighbors, coworkers, or even total strangers.
  • Protective Orders: Protective orders have similar provisions to peace orders but are taken out against individuals close to the petitioner. They may live at the same address or be close relatives.

Who Is Eligible to File a Protective Order?

Anyone may file a protective order if they’re fearful of a specific person and feel there is an imminent threat of bodily harm. Other activities, such as stalking or malicious property damage, may also be cause to file a protective order, especially if the offender lives with the petitioner. If you aren’t sure whether your case is reason enough to get a restraining order, don’t hesitate to speak with our team.

Where Do I File a Peace Order?

Peace orders can be filed with the District Court in the county where the activity in question occurred. To make a filing, the petitioner may need to provide a short testimony to a judge, and then the judge will determine whether to issue the order. Our team can help you sort out the facts and make the best case in front of the judge.

When Do Courts Issue Peace Orders?

Courts have the important task of determining whether peace and protective orders are necessary to keep the petitioner safe. They’ll take into account testimony and other forms of evidence as they make their decision. Courts may deem a peace order necessary if the case involves any of the following:

  • Imminent threat of bodily harm or assault
  • Sexual offenses
  • Harassment
  • Trespassing
  • Intentional property damage
  • False imprisonment
  • Stalking
  • Misuse of telephone or computer services

How Long Do Protective Orders Last?

In general, protective orders do not last more than one year. In some cases, they may be extended to two years. And in yet other instances, a petitioner can request a permanent protective order. After a temporary order has expired, petitioners may be eligible for a permanent order if the offending individual was sentenced to prison for the abuse or the individual committed an act of abuse during the order’s term. Our team can help you better understand your eligibility for each type of restraining order.

Learn More About Your Options Today

Needing a protective or peace order is scary. Not only are you dealing fear of an individual, but you’re also navigating the confusing legal system. If you need help filing your order, get in touch with the team at the Law Office of Kent L. Greenberg. We’ve offered compassionate legal services for the past 30 years, and we’d be glad to help you feel safe and secure again. Reach out to us to schedule your free case review.

Why Choose Kent L. Greenberg?

  • Seasoned Litigator with over 30 Years of Experience
  • Providing Thorough & Honest Analysis on Every Case