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Legal Statutes: Maryland

UPDATED April 19, 2017

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Subtitle 15. Peace Orders

back to top§ 3-1503. Petitions

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Acts alleged in petition

(a)(1) A petitioner may seek relief under this subtitle by filing with the court, or with a commissioner under the circumstances specified in § 3-1503.1(a) of this subtitle, a petition that alleges the commission of any of the following acts against the petitioner by the respondent, if the act occurred within 30 days before the filing of the petition:

(i) An act that causes serious bodily harm;

(ii) An act that places the petitioner in fear of imminent serious bodily harm;

(iii) Assault in any degree;

(iv) Rape or sexual offense under §§ 3-303 through 3-308 of the Criminal Law Article or attempted rape or sexual offense in any degree;

(v) False imprisonment;

(vi) Harassment under § 3-803 of the Criminal Law Article;

(vii) Stalking under § 3-802 of the Criminal Law Article;

(viii) Trespass under Title 6, Subtitle 4 of the Criminal Law Article; or

(ix) Malicious destruction of property under § 6-301 of the Criminal Law Article.

(2) A petition may be filed under this subtitle if:

(i) The act described in paragraph (1) of this subsection is alleged to have occurred in the State; or

(ii) The petitioner is a resident of the State, regardless of whether the act described in paragraph (1) of this subsection is alleged to have occurred in the State.

Oath and false information provisions

(b)(1) The petition shall:

(i) Be under oath and provide notice to the petitioner that an individual who knowingly provides false information in the petition is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to the penalties specified in subsection (d) of this section;

(ii) Subject to the provisions of subsection (c) of this section, contain the address of the petitioner; and

(iii) Include all information known to the petitioner of:

1. The nature and extent of the act specified in subsection (a) of this section for which the relief is being sought, including information known to the petitioner concerning previous harm or injury resulting from an act specified in subsection (a) of this section by the respondent;

2. Each previous and pending action between the parties in any court; and

3. The whereabouts of the respondent.

Address of petitioner stricken from petition

(c) If, in a proceeding under this subtitle, a petitioner alleges, and the commissioner or judge finds, that the disclosure of the address of the petitioner would risk further harm to the petitioner, that address may be stricken from the petition and omitted from all other documents filed with the commissioner or filed with, or transferred to, a court.

Fines and penalties for false information

(d) An individual who knowingly provides false information in a petition filed under this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or both.

Added by Acts 1999, c. 404, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2002, c. 213, § 6, eff. Oct. 1, 2002; Acts 2002, c. 235, § 3, eff. Dec. 18, 2002; Acts 2015, c. 418, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2015.