Protective Orders Against Domestic Violence in Baltimore

If you were served with a temporary protective order, then you have come to the right place. We help the respondent fight false and exaggerated allegations of abuse or domestic violence so that the request for the final restraining order can be denied by the court.

In Maryland, all a person needs to do to obtain a temporary protective order against you is convince a judge that he or she is in fear of imminent harm. These orders are called “ex parte” because the judge hears from only one side before granting the order.

In about two weeks, the judge will hold a second hearing (often called the “return hearing”) to determine if the temporary order should become permanent. To protect yourself from serious consequences, you should be represented by a lawyer at this hearing.

James Crawford and the attorneys at James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates have been representing both petitioners and respondents in Baltimore, Catonsville, Annapolis, Bel Air and throughout Maryland at the hearing for a protective or restraining order. The attorneys at James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates can help you fill out all of the paperwork and accompany you to the hearing to defend your rights.

Call to find out what we can do to protect your rights at a return hearing on a petitioner for a protective order against domestic violence in the city or county of Baltimore and the surrounding areas in Maryland.

Call 443-709-9999 today to discuss your case.


What Are the Consequences of a Protective Order?

A protective order typically orders you to have no contact with the alleged victim and to stay away from that person’s home and place of employment. However, there are many other potential consequences you should be aware of:

  • Under federal law, you will be barred from owning guns or ammunition.
  • If you violate a protection order, you can be arrested and put in jail. Violation of a protection order is a misdemeanor, a crime that will result in a permanent criminal record.
  • If you live with the alleged victim, you will be evicted from your home.
  • If you are going through a divorce, your child custody and visitation rights could be negatively affected.
  • If your employer finds out, you could lose your job.

Protective orders are often misused to get back at an ex or to gain the upper hand in a divorce proceeding. Even if the charges are unfounded, you can face serious consequences unless you defend yourself aggressively.


Can a Peace Order or Protective Order be Shielded from Public View?

Either the respondent or petitioner can file a written request to shield the court records relating to a Protective Order or a Peace Order from public review and inspection if:

  1. the Petition for a Protective Order or the Petition for a Peace Order is denied or dismissed at the interim, temporary, or final hearing; or
  2. the respondent has consented to the entry of a Protective Order or a Peace Order.

A request for shielding may not be filed earlier than three (3) years after the denial or dismissal of the Petition or after the consent expires unless the requesting party unless a General Waiver and Release form, CC-DC-077, which is a release of all the requesting party’s claims for damages relating to the proceeding and any tort claims that may arise out of this proceeding. The court will schedule a hearing on the request to shield. After the hearing, the court will rule on the request.


Additional Resources

Protective Order Hearings in the City of Baltimore – Visit the website of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice to learn more about Protective Orders if a petitioner claims to be hurt or threatened or a victim of abuse. Learn more about the process for getting a Protective Order in the District or Circuit Court, in the county where the abuse allegedly occurred. Find information on the Temporary Order and the Final Protective Order Hearing. Learn more about filing a petition for a Peace Order for the alleged victims of Harassment, Stalking, Trespassing, or Malicious Destruction of Property.

Legal Options for a Protective or Peace Order – Visit the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence to learn more about your legal options when seeking relief from the courts as a victim of domestic violence, stalking, or harassment. Find information about peace and protective orders. Learn more about modifying or dropping an order.

Restraining Orders in Baltimore County – Visit the website of Baltimore County to learn about domestic violence restraining orders. Find answers to frequently asked questions about the definition of domestic violence, who is eligible for a restraining order, how to get help, and the application process for a protective order hearing in the County of Baltimore.

Court Form Explaining Peace and Protective Order – Visit the website of the Maryland Judiciary to find information on civil orders issued by a judge that require one person to refrain from contacting another person. Learn more about what has to be proven before a peace order or protective order can be issued by the court. Find out why free legal assistance is provided for the alleged victim of domestic violence.


Finding an Attorney for Orders of Protection Hearings in Baltimore, MD

To protect your future, contact me, an attorney focused on the ex parte protective orders for domestic violence in Baltimore and Annapolis, MD. Call Jim Crawford before you talk to police or anyone else about these serious allegations.

The attorneys in my office are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I offer a free initial consultation. To contact me, call 443-709-9999.