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UPDATED August 2, 2014

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A peace order is similar to a domestic violence protective order in that they both require you to be a victim of abuse and they both offer you similar forms of protection from the abuser. However, if your relationship to the abuser falls under the category for a domestic violence protective order, (see Who can get a protective order?), you would NOT be eligible for a peace order.

After the hearing

back to topIf I file for a peace order, do I still have the right to report the incident to the police?

Yes.  If you file for a peace order, you are still allowed to pursue other legal options, including going to the police.*

* MD Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 3-1502(a)

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back to topCan I modify, cancel or extend my peace order?

It may be possible to modify (change) or rescind (cancel) a peace order before the order expires by filing in court, giving notice to the person who obtained the order and the abuser, and after holding a hearing.* 

In addition, peace orders can be extended for "good cause."  A judge can extend the term of the peace order for 6 months after holding a hearing where both the petitioner and respondent have the right to be present.*

* MD Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 3-1506(a)

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back to topWhat is the penalty for violating a peace order?

If the abuser violates a valid peace order, s/he can be arrested.*   If convicted, s/he could be guilty of a misdemeanor and (for a first offense), can be fined for up to $1,000, or put in prison for up to 90 days, or both.  For a second offense (or a third, fourth, etc.), s/he could be guilty of a fine of up to $2,500, put in prison for up to 1 year, or both.**

* MD Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 3-1508(b)
** MD Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 3-1508(a)

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