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Legal Information: Maryland
Updated: November 10, 2020
What is the penalty for violating a peace order?
If the abuser violates a peace order, s/he can be arrested.1 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.2
1 MD Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 3-1508(c)
2 MD Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 3-1508(a)
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