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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.

  • Overview of Civil vs. Criminal Law

    Some restraining orders are issued in criminal court and some are issued in civil court.

  • Domestic Violence Protective Orders

    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.

  • Peace Orders

    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.

  • Moving to Another State with a Protective Order

    Your Maryland protection order can be enforceable in another state.

  • Enforcing Your Out-of-State Order in Maryland

    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.

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