How are temporary peace orders and protective orders different?

Peace orders and protective orders might be issued by a judge in a domestic violence case. These orders are usually issued before a person accused of domestic violence is convicted of the crime.

A protective order is a civil order that a judge makes to prevent one person from committing specific acts against another. If the order is an interim or temporary protective order, the judge can order a person accused of domestic abuse to stop abusing the other person. These protective orders may also prohibit contact between the accused person and his or her accuser, and prevent the person from entering the other person’s home. Judges might also order accused persons to vacate a shared place of residence, and temporarily strip the accused person of child and/or pet custody rights.

A peace order is a type of legal protection for those having a problem with a specific person. It might involve two people who are in a romantic relationship, or it might involve a stranger or a neighbor. Peace orders may be issued in a variety of cases where someone simply wants to be left alone. Peace orders are an attempt to protect the victims of harassment, abuse, trespass, stalking or malicious destruction of property.

In an interim or temporary peace order a judge might order the alleged abuser to stop the abuse and stay away from the alleged victim. The accused person will also be ordered not to attempt to contact the victim at home or any other place frequented by the victim.

Baltimore residents accused of domestic violence could have peace orders or protective orders issued against them by a judge. An attorney may be able to help.

Source: Maryland Courts, “Domestic Violence,” accessed Sep. 11, 2015