Know the Laws: Maryland
UPDATED August 16, 2016
A restraining order is a legal order issued by a state court which requires one person to stop harming another. In Maryland, there are domestic violence protective orders and peace orders, which are explained below.
Some restraining orders are issued in criminal court and some are issued in civil court.
A civil order that protects a victim of domestic abuse from harm by someone with whom s/he has a specific relationship, a vulnerable adult from abuse by any person, and a child who is sexually abused by anyone or physically or mentally harmed by a parent or caretaker.
If you do not qualify for a domestic violence protective order, but you have been the victim of abuse and need protection, you may be able to get a peace order.
Your Maryland protection order can be enforceable in another state.
If you are planning to move to Maryland or are going to be in Maryland for any reason, your protection or restraining order may be enforced.