A Peace Order is a unique item. Unlike Protective Orders, Peace Orders are designed for situations where the petitioner and respondent are not in a domestic relationship. This can mean a stranger, neighbor, acquaintance, person they are dating (but not living with), and so on.
The statutes for peace orders are found in the Maryland Code Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article and begin at §3-1501.
A person may be eligible for a Peace Order if any of the following acts occurred within 30 days before the filing of the petition;
- An act that causes serious bodily harm
- An act that places you in fear of imminent serious bodily harm
- Assault in any degree
- Rape or sexual offense
- Attempted rape or attempted sexual offense
- False imprisonment (keeping you somewhere against your will)
- Malicious destruction of property
- Revenge porn
- Unlawful visual surveillance
- Criminal misuse of telephone facilities and equipment
- Criminal misuse of electronic communication or computer service
What Makes Peace Orders Different?
In order to be eligible for a Peace Order, the act must have occurred within the last thirty days. The Peace Order also can last up to six months and may only be filed in the District Court. This is crucial and unique to a Peace Order.
Here at BGS Law, LLC, not only do we understand the seriousness of such Orders, but can help you quickly either prosecute, or defend, such an action. From the time a petition for Peace Order has been filed, there is normally a final hearing within a week.
Experienced Peace Order Attorney in Maryland
For years, Bethany G. Shechtel, Esquire has guided her clients through the peace order process in Montgomery County and fought for their rights. Contact BGS Law, LLC today to discuss your situation and any questions you may have.